Bok coach :It would be stupid to ignore Strauss

Rassie Erasmus, head coach of South Africa is interviewed by media at Cape Town International Airport on 25 April 2018 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

CAPE TOWN- Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus said the possibility of a return by former Springbok captain Adriaan Strauss in becoming likely, he said, it would be “stupid” to ignore the 32-year-old.

Erasmus told the media in Cape Town this week, “Everybody is talking about Adriaan Strauss. The way he’s playing, it would be stupid to ignore him,” Erasmus told media in Cape Town this week.

“Adriaan is playing well at the moment and I’m excited by him.”

He also mentioned Bok veteran Bismarck du Plessis possible return to the national team, the coach has a lot to consider before selecting his squad for a one-off Test against Wales in Washington on June 2.

Erasmus said he has a number of players who have put their hands up in Super Rugby this year.

“I’m excited about Aphiwe (Dyantyi) and I’m excited about Madosh (Tambwe),” he said of the two Lions speedsters.

“It’ll be interesting to see how Madosh handles going to New Zealand. If he handles that as well, then you can stay excited about him. If he’s good in the air and his defence is up to scratch, he is a wonderful attacker and finisher.”

Flyhalf he specially mentioned Stormers youngster Damian Willemse.

He talked also about other Stormers players, he said, “Damian has been excellent but he somewhere has to go through that pressure phase where he feels the pressure and expectations,” said the coach.

“It’s going to happen somewhere.

“There are a lot of guys that I’m excited about. We’re excited now, but you know how form goes. We’re keeping track every week. I’m excited overall about the talent we have.”

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