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TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Friday at the Rugby World Cup in Japan (all times local):
Size doesn’t matter much to Herschel Jantjies. The smallest member of the Springboks squad plays behind one of the biggest forward packs in the world. So he’s got plenty of protection.
“I try not to think about size, because if I do, it’s just going to put me in a negative mindset,” the 160-centimeter (5-foot-3), 80-kilogram (176-pound) scrumhalf says. “I try to go in with everything I have. I play out of my heart, so my body shape or type will never matter to me.
“If you think about a guy running over you, he will eventually run over you. It’s rugby, it’s physical. You can’t shy away from the physical stuff — You’ve just got to climb in there and embrace it.”
Jantjies scored two tries on his test debut in the Rugby Championship win over Australia in July and has become the backup to Faf de Klerk as the Springbok
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