Rassie Erasmus provides update on Siya Kolisi’s Springboks captaincy – Planet Rugby

Springboks head coach Rassie Erasmus gave an indication that Siya Kolisi could continue as captain on the day the former received his honorary doctorate.

There has been much speculation about the future of the captaincy, with Kolisi leading the team to back-to-back Rugby World Cup victories before heading to France.

That move to Racing 92 gave Erasmus a headache as to who could take charge, with the boss making no secret that he prefers a local skipper for contact reasons.

Will Kolisi stay?

However, it appears that if flanker Kolisi reaches an agreement with the Parisian club to be available for all Springbok camps this season, he could keep the job.

Erasmus spoke to the media in Potchefstroom on Thursday after receiving his honorary doctorate at North-West University and offered an update on the process.

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“We don’t have to make a decision (on captaincy) now. In any case, the first test (against Wales on Saturday June 22) will fall outside the international window and there will then have to be a different captain. After that we will decide,” Erasmus told Netwerk 24, while Kolisi attended the ceremony to support his coach.

The Springboks begin their season against the Welsh at Twickenham, when they are likely to be without many first-team players due to club commitments.

They will then face Ireland (twice) and Portugal and, following the success of 2023 and the documentary detailing their World Cup journey, Erasmus is now looking ahead.

Youth to highlight

“The chasing of the sun is over, the World Cup is over,” he explained.

“The coaching staff has worked hard. We’re definitely going to give the younger guys a chance this year. We must remember, in 2020 we did not play rugby because of Covid-19. We couldn’t play.

“So we definitely need to start bringing in younger players.”

Following their mid-year tests at home, the Springboks will push for success in the Rugby Championship with matches scheduled against the Wallabies, All Blacks and Pumas.

Springboks fixtures

Saturday June 22: Springboks vs Wales (Twickenham, London)
Saturday July 6: Springboks vs Ireland (Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria)
Saturday 13 July: Springboks vs Ireland (Hollywoodbets Kings Park, Durban)
Saturday 20 July: Springboks vs Portugal (Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein)
Saturday August 10: Australia vs Springboks (Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane)
Saturday August 17: Australia vs Springboks (Optus Stadium, Perth)
Saturday August 31: Springboks vs New Zealand (Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg)
Saturday 7 September: Springboks vs New Zealand (DHL Stadium, Cape Town)
Saturday, September 21: Argentina vs Springboks (venue to be confirmed)
Saturday 28 September: Springboks vs Argentina (Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit)
Sunday, November 10: Scotland vs Springboks (Murrayfield, Edinburgh)
Saturday, November 16: England vs Springboks (Twickenham, London)
Saturday 23 November: Wales vs Springboks (Principality Stadium, Cardiff)

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