Footage of Faf de Klerk's debut has been released showing just how poor the Springboks used to be
By Rugby Onslaught

Footage of Faf de Klerk’s debut has been released showing just how poor the Springboks used to be

After watching the debut of Faf de Klerk we can only day one thing. Thank goodness for Rassie Erasmus and everything that he did for South African rugby.

A video has been released showing the debut game for World Cup-winning Springbok Faf de Klerk.

The video was meant to focus around his debut, but for us, it shows us just how far the Springboks have come since those dark days.

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The game was from 2016 and it shows South Africa lose to Ireland at home for the first time ever.

These were dark dark days for the Springboks. They were void of direction, leadership and passion. It is crazy to think just three years after this the men in green would go on to celebrate World Cup victory.

Faf de Klerk is now the first name on the sheet for the Springboks, but back in this game he must have thought what had he got himself into?

Watch the incredible video showing Faf de Klerk’s debut and just how pooer South Africa used to be.

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