Evan Roos and co. have a chance to impress Rassie Erasmus

— Cape Town Saturday’s United Rugby Championship match between the Stormers and Edinburgh at Cape Town Stadium (2:00 p.m. kickoff) is the perfect opportunity for those Stormers players vying for Springbok selection to advance their case.

Rassie Erasmus, the director of rugby for South African Rugby, will be present.

Following THAT footage of Australian referee Nic Berry’s refereeing in the first Test against the British and Irish Lions in July of 2017, the former Springbok coach has served his ban from participating in any match-day activity.

Erasmus was initially banned from any rugby activity for two months, prompting him to post a series of video clips on Twitter to demonstrate to Bok supporters that he was living his best life in ‘Dezemba’

The former loose forward returned to his office position as director of rugby in mid-January of this year, but his match-day suspension was not lifted until September 30.

This included being in stadiums, but he is now free to go wherever he pleases – except on the field, as World Rugby announced in May that they have approved a new global trial on “limiting the opportunity for non-playing personnel to enter the field of play during a match” beginning on 1 July. This trial “aims to improve the flow of matches by reducing unnecessary stoppages without compromising welfare.”

Currently, it’s October 1st!

All [CDATA[]> teams are doing well in round 3 of URC! See you at the DHL STADIUM for the Stormers game! Lekka ! [CDATA[]]>! [CDATA[]]> pic.twitter.com/7AukFYUYAW

— Rassie Erasmus (@RassieRugby) September 30, 2022

But they also specified that the two dedicated water carriers “cannot be a director of rugby or head coach” in terms of the additional team staff.

That leaves the door open for Erasmus to maybe amend his job title…

Erasmus, who will be 50 on November 5, when the Boks play Ireland in Dublin, will make his’return’ to a stadium on Saturday, when he watches the Stormers play Edinburgh.

“It’s the 1st of October, and so far (SA) teams are doing well in round 3 of the URC!! See you at the DHL STADIUM for the Stormers game! He tweeted “Lekka” just after midnight on Friday.

With places up for grabs in what will likely be a 50-man Bok squad for the November tour, a lot of the top Stormers players have a chance to attract Erasmus’ attention.

Outstanding No. 8 Evan Roos, who gained a Test cap against Wales in Bloemfontein in July but has been practically ignored since, and flyhalf Manie Libbok will be at the top of that list, especially considering the issue at No. 10 in the national squad.

Other former Bok squad members, like as Deon Fourie, Salmaan Moerat, Marvin Orie, Joseph Dweba, and Herschel Jantjies, could establish a claim for a return to the Bok team with outstanding performances against Edinburgh.

Hacjivah Dayimani was the Man of the Match in last week’s victory over Connacht in Stellenbosch, so he could also remind Erasmus and Bok coach Jacques Nienaber of his exceptional qualities.

And who knows, Suleiman Hartzenberg and Sacha Mngomezulu could be surprise inclusions for the two midweek Bok matches against Munster and Bristol.

One veteran Bok playing for the Stormers on Saturday is Damian Willemse, who is playing inside centre instead of fullback or flyhalf, where he has played for the Boks this season – so Erasmus should also keep an eye on his performance.

Stormers Group

fifteen Clayton Blommetjies 14 Suleiman Hartzenberg 13 Dan du Plessis 12 Damian Willemse 11 Angelo Davids 10 Manie Libbok 9 Paul de Wet 8 Evan Roos 7 Hacjivah Dayimani 6 Deon Fourie 5 Marvin Orie (captain) 4 Salmaan Moerat 3 Neethling Fouche 2 Joseph Dweba 1 Ali Vermaak.

Bench: 16 Andre-Hugo Venter 17 Brok Harris 18 Sazi Sandi 19 Adre Smith 20 Ernst van Rhyn 21 Junior Pokomela 22 Herschel Jantjies 23 Sacha Mngomezulu.


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