Rugby World Cup:South Africa’s’mini Hercules’ in England’s path

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In a South Africa side packed with giants, it is Faf de Klerk, the 5ft 7in scrum-half who stands out.

The Springboks’ route to the World Cup final has been characterised by the grunt and guile of their hulking forwards and dominant physical displays.

But directing the Bok brutes around the pitch in both attack and defence has been De Klerk, the blond-locked, box-kicking number nine.

So who is the scrum-half dubbed “mini Hercules” who moved to Sale Sharks to reinvent himself? And how do England stop him?

It is just over three years since De Klerk made his Springboks debut in a defeat by Ireland in Cape Town, but it threatened to be a short-lived foray into international rugby.

With De Klerk in the team, South Africa lost eight of his first 11 Tests between June and November 2016.

Six months later, and with a stipulation in place meaning players with fewer than 30 caps who moved abroad could not represent the Springboks, De Klerk left South African side Lions for Sale Sharks.

England proved to be an unlikely springboard back into a green and gold jersey.

“The main thing for me when I got to Sale was I got put in a role where I needed to make a difference in the team,” said the 28-year-old.

Read the full story on the BBC website.

Source: BBC

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