Jake White urges Rassie Erasmus to pick black players against Wales

Former Springboks coach, Jake White feels the upcoming once-off Test against Wales is the perfect opportunity for the side’s new mentor, Rassie Erasmus to signal a commitment to transformation.

The Boks take on the Dragons in a historical match, that will be played at Washington DC on 2 June, a week before they are set to take on world number two, England, in a three-match series.

The Test falls outside World Rugby’s official international window, which could pose problems for Erasmus if he’s looking to strengthen his squad with overseas-based players, and White feels he can work around this by selecting a predominantly black team – also getting a head start towards the 50% quota that will be calculated across the season.

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“If I was the Bok coach, I’d look to pick a team against Wales that is made up of local players with a special emphasis on those that count towards the transformation target,” White wrote in his column on All Out Rugby.

White, who led the Boks to World Cup glory in 2007, singled out Stormers’ captain as a potential skipper for the national side, along with the experienced Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira.

He said that the side would kill two birds with one stone, as it would go some way towards “banking transformation credits”, and also widen the pool of players available for selection going forward, as a few players will no doubt put their hands up.

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“This certainly doesn’t mean that those who face Wales won’t be selected the following week – if anyone has a blinder they could definitely force changes and the experience of a player like Mtawarira would make it difficult not to include him against England,” he continued.

Following the Tests against Wales and England, the Boks are set to begin their Rugby Championship campaign in August, when they will take on Argentina in Durban before the return fixture in Mendoza, after which they will take off on an Australasian tour to meet Australia and New Zealand, before rounding off the competition with two home matches.

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