SA A chance for players to prove they belong to the Boks

The South African Serie A players have their first chance on the year-end tour to prove they belong to the Springbok squad when they face Munster at Cork’s Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Thursday evening (kick-off at 21:30).

The squad is littered with internationally experienced players and emerging youngsters, and they will all be looking to stand out and impress with the World Cup in France less than a year away.

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They have the perfect opportunity to show what they can do in front of a packed crowd of over 41,000 against the hosts, and players will be eager to impress.

“This is a great opportunity for all team members to put our names in their hats to play for the Springboks,” admitted SA captain A Thomas du Toit.

“Some of us have already been there and it is everyone’s dream to be in the Bok squad, but we will have to find a balance between showing our talents and playing as a team. If we manage to win the game, everyone will be better off and we fully understand that.

“Munster will not roll, they have a great team and we expect a wonderful game. We will not be naive, we know what it means to them and I am sure that Ireland’s victory over the Boks will give them some advantage, but this is a new game among new ones. teams and all of us are very excited about this opportunity. “

Munster experience

Du Toit has some experience having played for Munster for four months between late 2016 and early 2017 and has a good idea of ​​the welcome his team will receive from passionate Munster fans.

“They will be on. Cork is a place where some of them (players) live, traveling to Limerick to play. There is obviously a bit of history behind this venue and the games that are played here,” explained Du Toit.

Horrible playing conditions are also expected overnight, with strong winds and possible rain on the cards, however You Toit believes the SA A team got the perfect training during the week for those conditions.

“It’s about who can punch. We are excited about the challenge. We were lucky enough to have had a few training sessions where we experienced it (unfavorable conditions) and the guys really got used to it towards the end of the training sessions.

“So luckily we have some experience of what it’s going to be like.”