Although scrumhalf Faf de Klerk is available for Springbok selection this week‚ coach Rassie Erasmus indicated that the team might play without him when they meet Wales in Cardiff on Saturday. De Klerk missed last week’s 26-20 win over Scotland at Murrayfield after Erasmus released the halfback to his club, Sale Sharks. It gave the Bok coach the opportunity to start Embrose Papier for the first time this season, and the youngster did well in a tough environment. De Klerk also missed the 12-11 loss against England – the first match on tour – because it fell outside the Test window. Against both England and Scotland the scrumhalves were solid‚ which seems to have given Erasmus the confidence to continue developing them. It is a big call after the coach described the Welsh match as the toughest of the tour.

Given that there are only five Tests left until the start of Rugby World Cup 2019‚ Papier and Van Zyl could do with more game time. De Klerk is available‚ as per regulation ni...

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