Boks and All Blacks bosses have something to think about ahead of Rugby Champs



With the Springboks and All Blacks beginning preparations for their consecutive Tests in South Africa next month on Monday, head coaches from both camps would have a lot to think about.

While Boca squad of 41 men currently in Hazyview ahead of the opening of next Saturday’s Rugby Championship in Mbombele, the All Blacks are in Wellington, New Zealand preparing for a trip to South Africa. They are expected to arrive at OR Tambo International over the weekend.

In Hazyview, Bock boss Jacques Ninaber will be most interested in who he sends to fight the All Blacks, while his colleague Ian Foster may have more pressing concerns – trying to figure out what’s wrong with his team’s game plan, and find harmony and understanding with new co-trainers Around him.

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The large selection of Ninaber in the coming days will be uncertain. With the return of Duane Vermeulen to the roster, the No. 8 veteran will go straight into the starting team to replace Jasper Wiese, who was great against Wales, or will he be first off the bench or in the lineup at all?

Also, Peter-Step du Toit was far from the best against Wales, so Ninaber supports him to play and recover in this way, or it’s time to include in the mix Reinhardt Elstadt, Elrig Lowe or Evan Roose – or use Vermeulen or Chey number 7?

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Another important point to make is on the right flank, where Ninaber should find a replacement for the injured Cheslin Kolbe. Will it be Kurt-Lee Arendse, Warrick Gelant, Willy le Roux, Jesse Kriel or Damian Willems?

Under pressure from the All Blacks, Foster has sacked two coaches in recent days – John Plumtree and Brad Moire – and brought in Jason Ryan from the Crusaders to help train forwards. How will this new dynamic affect the team, their preparation and the game plan they want to settle on?

Former Ireland boss Joe Schmidt is also involved, further complicating matters, and then Foster also needs to call his captain, Sam Kane, who has been struggling for form for a while.

The open flank retained the lead of the team, but he will be under pressure in South Africa to not only perform well, but justify Foster’s keeping him as captain.