Faf de Klerk sends timely reminder to Bok selectors with epic solo try
There are plenty of great scrum-halves knocking about in South Africa at the moment, so every player will know they have to be at the top of their game during the Rugby Championship if they hope to make the World Cup at the end of the year.
After the Springboks had their first mini training camp of the season last week, the absent Faf de Klerk thought it was best to send a timely reminder to Jacques Nienaber and Rassie Erasmus while in Japan.
The Yokohama Canon Eagles No9 was up against Tokyo Sungoliath in the Japan Rugby League One third place play-off on Friday and scored one of the solo tries of the season to help his side win.
It was a 40 metre run that involved some pace, footwork and even a cheeky chip and chase when one on one with the fullback. It actually capped off a great season for the 2019 World Cup winner, and he will want to carry that form into the Rugby Championship in July.
Take a look at the try:
🇯🇵Faf divirtiéndose en Japón. pic.twitter.com/NTK7isTk4t
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Following the camp last week, Nienaber said: “This camp was invaluable in getting the coaches and players on the same page in terms of our structures and systems as we prepare for this important season.
“The message from the coaches from day one was that the players had to leave the camp knowing what we expect from them on and off the field in the next few months as we look to select our Rugby World Cup squad in August.
“We have another training camp in Durban in two weeks, which will feature a bigger squad as we welcome the DHL Stormers after the Vodacom United Rugby Championship Grand Final, and perhaps a few more Japanese players who have completed their club commitments.
“That camp will give us another opportunity to get the players into the swing of things before our Pretoria training camp in June.”