Even though the scenario may be unlikely given the impact of the coronavirus on the global sporting calendar, the Springboks are keeping their sights set on running out against Scotland in a scheduled home Test on July 4.
Bok coach Jacques Nienaber, who took over from the then World Cup-winning interim coach, Rassie Erasmus, earlier this year, is yet to take charge of the champions in a test match. “The tough part is not knowing when it is going to start because like most people we are creatures of habit,” admitted Nienaber.
We want to know when we can start working with players, sharing clips on Scotland. Our whole coaching plan is rolled out in four blocks… Currently, we can do block one and two, but we can’t do block three where you start focusing on the opposition and who you are going to play.
“You don’t want to get onto the players too early and share information that they won’t use until perhaps September. You don’t want to actually give them Stuart Hogg’s aerial profile in April if they are going to only use it in September. Then it is useless information,” added Nienaber, who as with all professional and international rugby teams around the world, will have to wait on World Rugby’s decision on when it is safe to restart the game.