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A fit Lambie would in all likelihood have been part of the Springboks squad at the Rugby World Cup in Japan later this year, but he says he is no longer willing to risk his health on the rugby field.
The fixture will afford the Springboks a further opportunity to conditions in Japan, where the team has never previously played.
"I'm only head coach until the World Cup next year," Rassie Erasmus says, noting that he has a six-year contract only as Director of Rugby.
There is no June international window in Rugby World Cup year and the Rugby Championship has been cut to three fixtures per side, with the Boks to open their campaign against Australia at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on July 20.
Monday's ridiculous media conference showed yet again that Rugby Australia is completely bereft of good leadership, writes Greg Growden.
Rugby legend David Campese has made the bold claim that the Wallabies can rebound from their worst Test campaign in 60 years and win the 2019 World Cup.