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Picking a Bok team 3 months out

On this weeks episode of our podcast, Ronnie & I undertook the difficult task of selecting a starting team to feature in the opening fixture against Wales on the 2nd of July at Loftus. The Springboks have a 3 test tour coming up, with the advantage of two mid-week SA 'A' fixtures as well, a huge help for Jacques Nienaber and co. on their mission to build depth ahead of next years Rugby World Cup.

For the most part Ronnie and I were quite similar in our selections, however there are a few points of difference and we would love to hear from our readers in the comments. For a more rounded discussion on our selections, click the link below for this weeks episode of our podcast


Nick Ronnie:

  1. Ox Nche 1. ox Nche

  2. Bongi Mbonambi 2. Bongi Mbonambi

  3. Thomas du Toit 3. Vincent Koch

  4. Eben Etzebeth 4. Eben Etzebeth

  5. Franco Mostert 5. Franco Mostert

  6. Siya Kolisi (c) 6. Siya Kolisi

  7. Pieter Steph du Toit 7. Pieter Steph du Toit

  8. Evan Roos 8. Duane Vermeulen

  9. Cobus Reinach 9. Faf de Klerk

  10. Handre Pollard 10. Handre Pollard

  11. Madosh Tambwe 11. Makazole Mapimpi

  12. Damian De Allende 12. Damian De Allende

  13. Lukhanyo Am 13. Lukhanyo Am

  14. Cheslin Kolbe 14. Sbu Nkosi

  15. Greene / Fassi 15. Cheslin Kolbe

  16. Malcolm Marx 16. Malcolm Marx

  17. Steven Kitshoff 17. Steven Kitshoff

  18. Frans Malherbe 18. Trevor Nyakane

  19. Lood de Jager 19. R G Snyman

  20. Ruan Nortje 20. Marco van Staden

  21. Duane Vermeulen 21. Cobus Reinach

  22. Faf de Klerk 22. Andre Esterhuizen

  23. Frans Steyn 23. Frans Steyn

Now there are some differences here in the team above, as there always will be. I have never seen anyone unanimously agree with a Springbok selection and I doubt this will be any different. For me the most telling selection debate here is the omission of Willie at 15 and the selection of either Kolbe, Fassi or Greene in the last line of defense.

8th man is also a point of contention with Ronnie backing the tried and trusted Thor, whilst I favored Roos in the spirit of development ahead of the World Cup. Duane will no doubt be my first choice in the Rugby Championship, but for now I believe Roos deserves the chance to establish himself at test level. I am also heavily in favour of the bomb squad approach whereas Ronnie prefers a more diplomatic approach to his bench.

Whatever the selections, we simply can't wait to be in the stands at Loftus for the 1st game, and the 23 who get to pull on the Green & Gold will have our full support. How does your team differ from ours?

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