Rassie Erasmus has expressed that the international door is still open for a number of overseas-based players.
While there are only five overseas-based players in Erasmus’s current touring squad, his message gave hope to a number of players overseas who remain on the fringes.
Before the Boks departed for their tour, Erasmus was asked in Stellenbosch about Jan Serfontein and Marcel Coetzee.
“Everybody fits in. If you play really well, you’re hungry, you’re desperate to play for the Springboks and you’re in form that side … then everybody is in the mix,” the coach responded.
“Obviously I have to get permission and prove why it is that we need overseas-based players over South African players.
“Is it tactically, the lack of depth, experience? All of those things I have to justify every single time before we make a team selection.
“I’m following Jan closely, I’m following Cobus Reinach closely … everybody.
“Frans Steyn, Bismarck, Pat Lambie back in February. I’m in contact with those guys and if they’re good enough, we will consider them.”