The Springboks are likely to select two groups of players for next year’s Rugby Championship.
This was revealed by assistant coach Matt Proudfoot when speaking at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport’s annual coaching seminar.
The world champions would field a B team for their matches in Argentina and Australia, before playing the A team against the All Blacks in New Zealand.
‘The Rugby Championship is our bread and butter,’ said Proudfoot, as quoted by Rapport newspaper. ‘The problem is that we start at home and away against Argentina, then play away against Australia and New Zealand. The format does not change.
‘So by the time we reach the Test against New Zealand, the championship may have been lost even before we have played our two major home games.
‘We are going to prepare two groups. The team playing against Argentina in Argentina is likely to play against Australia. The squad playing against Argentina at home will play against New Zealand.
‘The July Tests will help us to prepare two groups so that we can be ready by the time the Rugby Championship arrives,’ Proudfoot added.
‘I suspect one group will play against Scotland in the two Tests, while the other will face Georgia in the other.’