Rassie Erasmus' first Bok team to play England.WRITTEN BY THE EDITOR ON JUNE 07, 2018. POSTED IN SPORTS
Forget about last week, that wasn't a test match. That was a pay day for SARU, and hardly a decent one either.
The real deal is this week where the (proper) Springboks take on England. And this is the team that Rassie Erasmus has chosen.
15: Willie le Roux
14: Sbu Nkosi
13: Lukhanyo Am
12: Damian De Allende
11: Aphiwe Dyantyi
10: Handre Pollard
9: Faf de Klerk
8: Duane Vermeulen
7: Jean-Luc Du Preez
6: Siya Kolisi
5: Franco Mostert
4: RG Snyman
3: Trevor Nyakane / Wilco Louw
2: Bongi Mbonambi
1: Tendai Mtarawira
16: Akker van der Merwe 17: Steven Kitshoff 18: Wilco Louw / Thomas Du Toit 19: Pieter-Steph Du Toit 20: Sikhumbuzo Notshe 21: Ivan van Zyl 22: Elton Jantjies 23: Warrick Gelant
It certainly is an exciting side, but there are some questions around a couple of key areas.
First up the tight 5. This is always a key area for the English, but aside from The Beast and Franco Mostert, the Boks' engine room is still mostly unheralded at this level of the game.
The backline looks absolutely dynamite, but there is some inexperience in there if you want to be critical.
The cons aside, I feel this is a good Bok team for where we are as a rugby nation right now. Erasmus is rewarding form, and certainly backing players for the future here.
The Faf de Klerk / Handre Pollard axis is going to be incredibly important. If they click, this backline as it stands could be quite a force come world cup time. But as we all know, the forwards laying the foundation is the first priority.
Boks by 6
Kickoff 17:05 (SA time) Saturday.
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