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VIDEO: Bok coach on the make-up of his team for Wales Test

SPOTLIGHT: Rassie Erasmus has shed some light on his selection plan for the Springboks’ season opener against Wales at Twickenham.

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That match takes place on June 22, two weeks before the highly anticipated series opener against Ireland in Pretoria on July 6.

A few young guns are expected to make their debut against the Welsh and Erasmus confirmed as much during a press conference in Cape Town on Tuesday.

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“We can’t really say the Wales Test is preparation for the Irish Test,” said Erasmus.

“The Wales Test is outside the Test-match window, so the team will probably be selected out of the 43 men that were here [in Cape Town] for the alignment camp, plus a few Japan-based players.

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“There will be no English or French-based players and we are not sure where we are currently with Ireland with Kitshoff at Ulster and RG [Snyman] at Munster.

“Also, there is a URC game [Final] that specific weekend, so there might be other guys playing in that match [against Wales].”

Erasmus said the team will look a lot different when they run out for the first Test against Ireland.

“It [Wales Test] is almost a standalone Test match because some of the guys that will play there will not play in the Ireland Test match.

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“I won’t put it out as a warm-up match for the Ireland Test match. I will put it out as a big Test match against Wales who are trying to get a spark and they definitely have some young guns in there that are close to producing some magic.

“It will be tough Test matches against all those countries.”

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