Springboks Report: Rassie Eramus reveals more players on their way out

New Springboks head coach Rassie Erasmus has named the players who are entering the latter stages of their career.

It has been suggested by Rassie Erasmus that Eben Etzebeth and Bongi Mbonambi could not be able to play in the Rugby World Cup of 2027. Rugby SA is the source.

Rassie Erasmus, the new head coach of the Springboks, has announced the players who will soon be approaching their later years.

Career endings and the emergence of new stars are customarily associated with the Rugby World Cup. Even though the Springboks were victorious, many changes are yet to come.

Jacques Nienaber alongside Springboks Bongi Mbonambi and Eben Etzebeth

A new assistant coach, defense coach, and head coach. Moreover, it is probable that a few players have just participated in their final RWC campaigns. A few players that Rassie disclosed are unlikely to be included in the Boks’ 2027 title defense in Australia.


Remarkably, among the players he talked about was enforcer and stalwart Eben Etzebeth of Bok. Furthermore, according to Rassie, it is unlikely that Etzebeth and Bongi Mbonambi would play in the upcoming RWC.

Regarding Etzebeth’s future with the Bok, Rassie voiced skepticism about his appearance in Australia in 2027.

Erasmus remarked on BokSquad, “Eben is so athletic, but I don’t know if he still has a World Cup in him.”

In the meantime, he worries about the hooker section as well.

We might also be lacking in depth at the hooker, he continued.

Bongi isn’t expected to appear until after his 36th birthday. Deon Fourie and Duane Vermeulen, for example, have played rugby for longer than Etzebeth, despite the fact that we have seen them play already. In addition, a lot of rugby is anticipated to be played by Bongi in the immediate future.

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The ages of Joseph Dweba and Malcolm Marx are 32 and 33, respectively. So long as they are in shape and fit, both males should be able to feature.


The door will open for some bright stars as Rassie concentrates on the necessity of developing a hooker and lock over the next four years.

Because of his outstanding performance at hooker, Akker van der Merwe will probably get another shot the following year. But at the following RWC, he will also be 32. Johan Grobbelaar is thus the most plausible long-term substitute.

Ruan Nortje will be pounding on the door at the lock section. Having already showed a great deal of promise, promising Lion Ruan Venter will work hard to win over Bok selectors in due course.

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