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Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus 'teaches' Owen Farrell's controversial tackle in training

Owen Farrell Owen Farrell escaped punishment for his tackle on Andre Esterhuizen Credit REUTERS
Cary Erickson | 08 November, 2018, 22:01

The infamous tackle has the world of rugby divided.

There was further good news for the Springboks when Faf de Klerk, Willie le Roux, Cheslin Kolbe, Franco Mostert, Francois Louw and Vincent Koch linked up with the squad.

The pair‚ along with the returning quartet of wing Cheslin Kolbe (Toulouse)‚ prop Vincent Koch (Saracens)‚ looseforward Francoise Louw (Bath) and lock Gerhard Mostert (Gloucester) are all eligible now that the global window is open.

Assistant coach Mzwandile Stick and centre Damian de Allende on Tuesday both declared the team's aim to complete robust hits against France on Saturday, especially given the fact that it's - at least based on last weekend's Twickenham Test - legal.

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De Klerk will nearly certainly start‚ but it does remove another opportunity for the likes of Van Zyl and Embrose Papier to grow at Test level.

After being ruled out of Saturday's test against France and possibly the rest of the tour, South Africa lock Eben Etzebeth is back in contention after the ankle injury he suffered turned out to be less serious than initially thought.

South African head coach Rassie Erasmus had a little fun in training this week, following his sides narrow 12-11 loss to England in their first November global of the year. "They bring along some valuable experience and knowledge of the European conditions and we are looking forward to working with them again".

In a video from South Africa's training in Paris, where they are preparing to face France this weekend, Erasmus is seen taking Andre Esterhuizen through three different tackle techniques.