CLEVER: Rassie Erasmus. Photo: BACKPAGEPIX

Springbok hooker Schalk Brits says he was drinking tequilas in Ibiza when coach Rassie Erasmus approached him to come out of retirement and play for the national team.

Brits, on Monday, was a shock call-up to the national team after Bismarck du Plessis was withdrawn from the squad because of injury last week.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, the 37-year-old Brits says of his call-up: “I was sipping tequilas in Ibiza, when I got a text message from someone, I didn’t know who it was, asking if I would like to play a bit more rugby.

“When I tried to find out who was on the other end of the line, that person told me he was Rassie [Erasmus].

“I thought someone was taking the piss or playing a practical joke on me.

SURPRISED: Springbok returnee Schalk Brits. Photo: MUZI NOMBELA/BACKPAGEPIX

“It’s been an interesting week!

“On Saturday I had a couple of beers at Ellis Park - enjoying rugby for the first time as a spectator.

“Then on Sunday morning I had coffee with all the Saracens boys.

“It was strange, I met them then went straight from there to the airport and put some Springbok gear on to fly with the team.”

England, meanwhile, believe South Africa have added a secret weapon to their team in the form of Brits.

Assistant coach Neal Hartley says: “He [Brits] knows a lot of the players who play for us from the league, so has intimate knowledge of their strengths and weaknesses. It is a good move. It makes sense to bring him in even though he has been a few weeks retired..."

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