Springbok fans will have breathed a sigh of relief on Monday when Rassie Erasmus, South Africa’s director of rugby, declared Cheslin Kolbe “99 percent” ready to go. On Wednesday the man himself declared himself 100 percent ready!
The Springboks have reverted to the starting XV and replacements that recorded a 49-3 victory over Italy a fortnight ago for the do-or-die Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Japan in Tokyo on Sunday.
If any of the 248 players left in Japan from the eight quarter-finalists are feeling the pressure, Springbok No 8 Duane Vermeulen is not one of them.
The Springboks completed a second day of Tokyo media engagements on Tuesday morning and have yet to be asked a question about their own play or team – almost.
Pocket rockets Cheslin Kolbe and Herschel Jantjies are expected to be fit for the Springboks’ make-or-break Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Japan in Tokyo on Sunday.