Wellington — New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has urged South Africans to be patient and support Rassie Erasmus in his bid to rebuild the Springboks. Successive Rugby Championship defeats to Argentina and Australia has piled pressure on Erasmus, who is in the early stages of a six-year contract, and the hugely experienced Hansen said his counterpart looked like he had a long-term plan. "He must have known when he took the job that there is going to be pressure. But he has a plan that is well lined out and the players seem to understand what he is trying to do," said Hansen on Thursday as he named the squad for the clash at Westpac Stadium on Saturday.

"It is a question of people being patient and seeing how it goes. I am sure if everyone is patient they will get a reward for it in the long run. "I am a fellow coach and you must give all coaches a chance to show what they can do. "All coaches are under pressure to win matches because that’s what we want as a nation, as a sporting...

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