Ninaber’s Big Side Call at 9 – Faithful Faf or Newcomer Jayden

FROM Boxing prepares to kick off the 2022 Rugby Championship with two big matches against All blackthe mystery of the fight will be interesting for coach Jacques Nienaber.

Scrumhalf is not the only topic of discussion for host choices, with Duane Vermeulen may return to the team immediately after recovering from knee surgery, while who injured Cheslin Kolbe on the wing is also in the air.

Frans Stein is also coming back from injury and it remains to be seen if he can fit into match 23 featuring Damien Willems and Willy le Roux or if one of the three will have to drop out.

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But with their heavy game plan expected to continue against the All Blacks, who play a key role in scrumhuff, could be a key decision in how the match plays out.

After the seasoned Faf de Klerk seemed to be passed down the pecking order by young rookie Jayden Hendrix during the Welsh series, Ninaber must now decide whether to stay with him or go back to type.

De Klerk has comfortably been Boxing’s first Scrum half since 2018, and has been working in tandem with Herschel Yantjes as his main understudy since 2019.

It still looked like this at the start of the Welsh series when De Klerk started and Yangies played off the bench during their first 32-29 Test win.

Hendrix in the spotlight

However, Hendrix then took center stage during the second Test and, despite a heavy 13–12 defeat, impressed Bok’s management by allowing him to start the important third test decider, after which he posted arguably his best performance of the series.

With the All Blacks’ big challenge coming up and Hendrix only having four Bock appearances and never met any visitors, that begs the question.

Will Nienabeer continue to support the young upstart to take first place in Boxing’s showdown, or will he take the seemingly safer route and reinstate the seasoned De Klerk for two Tests against all blacks.