Cape Town – Faf de Klerk’s English club says it won’t be a problem if he stays with the Springboks for the entire Rugby Championship campaign.
It was earlier reported that the Sale Sharks were not eager for the scrumhalf to play in all six of South Africa’s matches in the southern hemisphere competition.
However, Sale’s director for rugby, Steve Diamond, on Friday told the Rugby Pass website that they were willing to play their first six matches of the Premiership campaign without De Klerk.
Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus was yet to indicate whether he intends to utilise De Klerk for the entire Rugby Championship campaign.
Diamond said: “If we miss him for four to six games then so be it. We will get him back in October and off we go. I am happy for Faf to stay for the Rugby Championship and if Rassie decides to try other scrumhalves then we will get him back and that would be a bonus.”
The Springboks play their final Rugby Championship match against the All Blacks in Pretoria on October 6.
Rugby Pass, meanwhile, earlier also reported that fullback Willie le Roux – who plays for Wasps in England – would only be available for three of the Boks’ matches in the competition. That agreement appears to still be intact.
Both De Klerk and Le Roux are in the Springbok starting XV for Saturday’s Test against Argentina in Mendoza.
Kick-off is at 21:10 (SA time).
15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Bautista Ezcurra, 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Agustin Creevy (captain), 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro.
Substitutes: 16 Facundo Bosch, 17 Santiago Garcia Botta, 18 Santiago Medrano, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Tomas Lezana, 21, Tomas Cubelli, 22 Jeronimo De La Fuente, 23 Juan Cruz Mallia
15 Willie le Roux, 14 Makazole Mapimpi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Siya Kolisi (captain), 6 Francois Louw, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Lionel Mapoe, 23 Damian Willemse