The big question now is who will wear the Springbok No. 14 jersey to the All Blacks Tests next month?
This is after it was confirmed over the weekend that permanent right wing and World Cup winner Cheslin Kolbe out of action until September. Kolbe broke his jaw in the third Test against Wales just over a week ago.
In the past, including at the 2019 Japan World Cup when Kolbe was also eliminated on stage, Sbu Nkosi was a stand-in, but the new Bulls player is not on the current roster due to injury. This means that the Sides need to find a new right wing.
Also out of discussion is the star of Sharks. Afelele Fassi, who has played on the wing several times in the recent past after being sacked from the rugby championship team. Bullflank Marcelle Coetzee was also released to his provincial team.
The good news is that Springbok coach Jacques Ninaber has several options to replace Kolbe.
Bulls rookie Kurt-Lee Arendse, who did well in the second Test against Wales at Bloemfontein, looks like the favorite, but Nienabeer could also consider a few other players in his 41-man squad.
Jesse Kriel used to play on the wing and Willie le Roux, who started his career on the wing, is also an option. That is if Nienabeer and his coaching team decide to keep Damian Willemse in the defender position.
Warrick Gelant, like Le Roux, a player-turned-full-back, could also be an option.
Frans Steinwho, along with Dwayne Vermeulen, returned to Boca’s team after a long injury hiatus, could also replace him in an emergency, but the veteran star may no longer have the speed to play on the wing.
The other big news in the Nienabeer team is that scrum half Kobus Reinach needs a medical clearance from his French club Montpellier before he can join the Boxes after a period of absence due to injury.
Boki will train in Hazyview, Mpumalanga this week before moving to Mbombela on Friday to continue training for the first Test against the All Blacks on August 6th.
Props: Thomas du Toit, Steven Kitschoff, Vincent Koch, Frans Malherbe, Ntutuko Mchunu, Oks Nche, Trevor Nyakane
prostitutes: Joseph Dweba, Malcolm Marks, Bongi Mbonambi
Locks: Lud de Jager, Eben Etzebeth, Salman Moerath, Rouen Nortier, Marvin Ory
Free forwards: Peter-Step du Toit, Sia Colisi, Elrig Lowe, Evan Rus, Quagga Smith, Jasper Wiese, Duane Vermeulen
Auxiliary forwards: Rinhardt Elstadt, Deon Fourier, Franco Mostert
Half fight: Faf de Klerk, Jayden Hendrix, Hershel Yantis, Grant Williams
Flying halves: Elton Jantis, Khandre Pollard
Midfielders: Lujanio Am, Damian de Allende, Andre Esterhuizen, Jesse Kriel
Outer backs: Warrick Gelant, Willie Le Roux, Makazol Mapimpi,
Useful spins: Kurt-Lee Arendse, Frans Stein, Damian Willems
Rugby Championship schedule (South African time):
5:05 pm: Saturday, August 6 – Springboks – New Zealand (Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit)
5:05 pm: Saturday, August 13 – Springboks v New Zealand (Ellis Park, Johannesburg)
07:30: Saturday, August 27 – Australia – Springboks (Adelaide Oval, Adelaide)
11:35 am: Saturday, September 3 – Australia – Springboks (Allianz Stadium, Sydney)
21:10: Saturday, September 17 – Argentina – Springboks (Estadio José Amalfitani in Buenos Aires)
5:05 pm: Saturday 24 September – Springboks v Argentina (Kings Park, Durban)