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Erasmus will 'split resources' in Rugby Championship

13th July 2019, 17:36 by Neil Foster

South Africa head coach Rassie Erasmus will field a weakened side in the Rugby Championship opener on July 20 but still wants to win.

With the World Cup looming large on the horizon, the southern hemisphere showpiece is an abridged version this year, with each nation playing just three matches between July 20 and August 11.

Games come thick and fast and, while performing well will be at the front of the players' and coaches' minds, staying fit for the Japanese spectacle will also be an issue.

With that in mind, Erasmus confessed that he needs to perform a juggling act with his squad over the coming week while also respecting the tournament.

"Obviously the ideal is to win the Rugby Championship and build confidence going into the World Cup," he told AAP.

"But if you just purely think of the logistics - playing Australia here and then getting on the plane and arriving on a Monday or Tuesday, and thinking you have a realistic chance of beating New Zealand in New Zealand?

"So with the hand we got dealt, we have to split our resources. However, it also gives us chance to work with some fringe players that we haven't had a chance to work with."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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