Green for go



June 7, 2016
Green for go

POSSIBLE STARTER: Rookie scrumhalf Faf de Klerk. CREDIT: Sourced

Bokke get serious ahead of Ireland Test.

The excitement of being named in coach Allister Coetzee’s first Springbok squad is over now.

And the players are starting to feel the pressure of what it’s like during a Test week as they gear up for Saturday’s Newlands battle against Ireland (5pm).

It’s time to get down to business and captain Adriaan Strauss admits: “It does feel more intense [than last week]; I think we sorted out a couple of things last week – detail.

“We’re tightening up the screws this week. You can definitely feel it’s a bit more serious.”

Coetzee’s squad includes a number of uncapped players such as Faf de Klerk, Ruan Combrinck and Scarra Ntubeni among others and Strauss knows one of his most important jobs as a captain this week will be to bring calm to the international rookies ahead of such a big event.

He adds: “[It’s] always challenging for new guys entering the squad.

“The pressure will be building, but [we have] a lot of senior guys in the squad.

“A lot of guys have been through this before. It doesn’t have to be a nerve-wracking event, it can be exciting as well.”

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