Cape Town - The Springboks will benefit from the fact that South Africa's Super Rugby challenge is over, a New Zealand scribe reckons.
Duncan Johnstone, writing for popular New Zealand website Stuff, has taken note of Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus naming a 26-man training squad for a camp in Pretoria over the weekend.
South Africa's Super Rugby hopes faded with the Bulls and Sharks losing in the quarter-finals last weekend, but Johnstone noted:
Erasmus also called up nine overseas-based players into his squad and this will vastly strengthen the Boks, Johnstone believes.
The Springboks kick off their shortened campaign on July 20 against the Wallabies in Johannesburg and that match will be followed a week later by the keenly awaited rematch with New Zealand in Wellington, the scene of last year's epic away win over against the All Blacks.
The Boks conclude their official campaign against Argentina two weeks later, on August 10 in Salta, while the same two teams are set to meet again a week later in Pretoria in a once-off Test before the Boks report for Rugby World Cup training duty.
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