The Springboks will field an unchanged 23 for the first time since the last Rugby World Cup for their opening match of the 2019 version in Yokohama on Saturday.
Consistency in selection and a strong group of experienced leaders were two factors underlined by Rassie Erasmus when he named an unchanged match-23 to face New Zealand in their Rugby World Cup opener in Yokohama, Japan on Saturday.
Saturday's RWC opener between the Springboks and the All Blacks will be the fifth time these two giants of the Southern Hemisphere clash at the four-yearly global showpiece, with the score at 2-2 in their previous four encounters.
With heavy rain forecast to sweep in over Tokyo on Saturday evening, the weather was a hot topic at Tuesday’s media conference, with local reporters keen to know if the Boks were prepared for an “Umbrella Test”.
The Springboks were all set for Saturday’s mammoth Rugby World Cup showdown with New Zealand: “We really couldn’t have prepared better,” said Bok assistant coach Mzwandile Stick in Tokyo on Monday.