Who will get the nod?
Thinking ahead to the announcement of the Springbok squad for the Rugby World Cup, and trying to read Rassie Erasmus’ mind, here is my speculative list of those likely to be on their way to Japan.
Fullback: Willie le Roux
Outside Backs: Cheslin Kolbe (Also as Fullback and 4thoption Scrumhalf), Sbu Nkosi, Makazole Mapimpi.
Midfielders: Damian de Allende, Frans Steyn (also as Fullback and Flyhalf), Lukhanyo Am, Jesse Kriel.
Flyhalves: Handré Pollard, Elton Jantjies
Scrumhalves: Faf de Klerk, Herschel Jantjies, and Cobus Reinach.
No 8. Duane Vermeulen, Marcell Coetzee (also as Flanker.)
Flanks: Pieter-Steph du Toit, Siya Kolisi, Kwagga Smith, Francoise Louw.
Locks: Eben Etzebeth, Franco Mostert, Lood de Jager, RG Snyman.
Hookers: Malcolm Marx, Bongi Mbonambi, and Schalk Brits.
Props: Steven Kitshoff, Beast Mtawarira, Trevor Nyakane, Frans Malherbe, Vincent Koch.