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Return of the midweek fixture as bumper Bok end-of-year Tests are firmed up

The SA Select XV games will provide us with a chance to cast our net wider and give players as much game time as possible as the 2023 World Cup in France draws nearer.

We only have a limited number of matches left before we kick off our World Cup campaign in September next year, and we need to use every opportunity we can to give the players game time to develop our player combinations and build squad depth.”

That objective is particularly critical as the Springboks lost the entire 2020 roster due to the pandemic.

We have an enlarged squad of 42 players at the moment for the incoming series and will hopefully have an opportunity to see what most of these players can do at international level as they look to throw their names in the hat [for the World Cup].”

Nienaber added that the midweek matches are vital for keeping the players in tune with Bok structures and systems, while providing the opportunity to experience life on tour with the national team. “That is the only way one can build that type of experience.

Springbok year-end tour fixtures

Saturday November 5: SA v Ireland (Aviva Stadium, Dublin)

Saturday November 12: SA v France (Stade Vélodrome, Marseille)

Thursday November 17: SA Select XV v Bristol Bears (Ashton Gate, Bristol)

Saturday November 19: SA v Italy (venue TBC)

Saturday November 26: SA v England (Twickenham, London)

Source: TimesLIVE

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