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South Africa boss Rassie Erasmus expecting some surprises from Warren Gatland | Rugby Union News

Rassie Erasmus believes the presence of members of Scotland’s teaching employees within the British and Irish Lions employees means Warren Gatland has ‘one thing up his sleeve’; Watch each match from the British and Irish Lions’ tour to South Africa solely reside on Sky Sports this summer time

By PA Media

Last Updated: 29/05/21 10:28pm

Rassie Erasmus moved right into a director of rugby function after the Springboks’ Rugby World Cup win in 2019

Rassie Erasmus believes that previous rival Warren Gatland is plotting a number of tactical surprises for the British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa.

Erasmus coached in opposition to Gatland’s Wales on three events, dropping the primary two earlier than masterminding a 19-16 victory within the 2019 World Cup semi-final with the Springboks happening to be topped world champions.

The must match South Africa bodily whereas additionally providing a innovative in assault has formed Gatland’s squad choice, however Erasmus suspects the New Zealander may be getting ready an ambush for the Test collection.

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“We are not friends. I don’t go and have a BBQ with him when I see him, but he is a guy that I’ve always felt has the right intention with coaching,” SA Rugby director of rugby Erasmus mentioned.

“There is never a weird, funny feeling after a match – lose or win. I enjoy him as a person and I think we have very similar mindset in terms of coaching and that’s why it’s always such a weird tussle when we play.

“The manner Warren has picked his Lions squad, his backline, his assist employees and assistant coaches with Gregor Townsend in there, I feel he has one thing up his sleeve.

Steve Tandy and Gregor Townsend (left and right) are in Warren Gatland's coaching team Steve Tandy and Gregor Townsend (left and right) are in Warren Gatland's coaching team

Steve Tandy and Gregor Townsend (left and proper) are in Warren Gatland’s teaching group

“I don’t think we will see the battle of attrition and grinding it out like in the World Cup. I think he has other plans.

“I feel we’ll see a change in his recreation plan, however he would possibly simply be throwing us some bait, I’m unsure.

“Finishing with two Highveld games and the loose forwards that he has picked, I think he has a few plans.”

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