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Stormers coach refines plans to rest key players

Saru reached an agreement with SA franchises to rest key Springbok players.

FILE: WP Coach Allister Coetzee. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Stormers coach Alllister Coetzee says it's going to take thorough planning to ensure all the Springboks in his side get the required rest ahead of the Rugby World Cup.

The South African Rugby Union (Saru) on Monday confirmed it has reached an agreement with the South African franchises about resting key Springbok players at various stages of the Super Rugby season.

This is in preparation for the Rugby World Cup which starts in September, the report said.

Duane Vermeulen, Schalk Burger, Siya Kolisi, Frans Malherbe, Eben Etzebeth, Nizaam Carr and Damian de Allende may all need to be rested at some point.

Coetzee says off time will vary from player to player.

"If you look at a player like Duane, it could be three or four games this year. A player like Eben Etzebeth, I mean he hasn't played a lot so he could be two and three. A player like Frans Malherbe, it could be two or less because he didn't play at all."

Coetzee says each player will be handled differently.

"We had looked at that plan for players injured like Eban Etzebeth. Eben is sitting out for three weeks now already. Does it still mean Eben must sit out for another three weeks?"