‘Nothing stops, work carries on. It doesn’t matter what happens’: South Africa captain Siya Kolisi insists his players will be undistracted when they face England on Saturday despite Rassie Erasmus sideshow
- Siya Kolisi insists that his side will not be distracted when they face England
- He made these comments after Rassie Erasmus received an immediate touchline ban for two matches
- South Africa’s rugby director was reprimanded for tweeting about officials
Springbok captain Siya Kolisi insisted the sideshow around Rassie Erasmus’s tweets will not distract his team from today’s Test against England.
The World Cup winner skipper is hopeful for a positive outcome after director of rugby was expelled for criticising referees.
‘Nothing stops, work carries on. It doesn’t matter what happens,’ said Kolisi.
‘That is where we are fortunate coming from South Africa, not everything is perfect. ‘These things happen and we must learn from it. We’ve lost kickers, 10s, and found new kickers.
Siya Kolisi, South Africa’s captain, insists that his team will not be distracted when they face England
He made these comments after Rassie Erasmus received an immediate touchline ban for two matches
‘The important thing is the togetherness of us as a group and knowing and respecting the opposition.
‘Our slogan is: “Let the main thing stay the main thing and the main thing is rugby”. Everything else that happens is a sideshow, no one is more important than the team.’
England selected Ellis Genge to fight South Africa’s famed ‘bomb squad.
The hosts have named prop Ellis Genge on the bench as part of their strategy to combat the infamous ‘Bomb Squad’, with Kolisi saying: ‘I think it will work for a team like England because they play similarly to how we play with the kicking game and everything.
‘You have to work as a forward at all times, back and forth with the kicking. It’s tough on the big guys so bringing on new guys with new energy who are as good — that’s the important thing about the Bomb Squad.
‘The bench should be as good as the guys who start. It is important to have competition among your teammates. People had a lot to say when we did it and now it’s the fashion. Everyone’s doing it.’