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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 dwell on Sky Sports activities this summer time

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Rassie Erasmus overcame Warren Gatland’s Wales within the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup on his strategy to main the Springboks to the title

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

Erasmus coached towards 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 occurring to be topped international champions.

The necessity to match South Africa bodily whereas additionally providing a leading edge in assault has formed Gatland’s squad choice, however Erasmus suspects the New Zealander might also be getting ready an ambush for the Take a look at collection.

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“We aren’t buddies. I do not go and have a BBQ with him after I see him, however he’s a man that I’ve all the time felt has the appropriate intention with teaching,” SA Rugby director of rugby Erasmus mentioned.

“There’s by no means a bizarre, humorous feeling after a match – lose or win. I take pleasure in him as an individual and I feel we’ve very comparable mindset when it comes to teaching and that is why it is all the time such a bizarre tussle once we play.

“The way in which 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 proper) are in Warren Gatland’s teaching group

“I do not suppose we are going to see the battle of attrition and grinding it out like within the World Cup. I feel he has different plans.

“I feel we are going to see a change in his recreation plan, however he may simply be throwing us some bait, I am undecided.

“Ending with two Highveld video games and the unfastened forwards that he has picked, I feel he has just a few plans.”



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