The Springboks are set to enter a new chapter under Rassie Erasmus. These SEVEN players could return to the national set-up in 2024.
SA Rugby is in a very special position. The British and Irish Lions series was successfully maintained by the Springboks in 2021, after they recently went undefeated in the Rugby World Cup. Because of SA’s exceptional depth, numerous incredibly gifted players were unable to participate in the most recent RWC in France.
Nonetheless, a large number of the players who were left off the roster will be included in the lineup the next season. A few players have also fully recovered from their ailments, and they will undoubtedly rejoin the fight. At last, a Bok who was previously capped is banging on the selection door and he plans to smash it.
SEVENTY SPRINGBOKS ARE IN LINE FOR A RETURN IN 2024
DUANE INJURY, RASSIE APPOINTMENT TO OPEN DOORS
In addition, Duane Vermeulen has formally resigned from rugby at the international level. In other words, room will now exist for an additional loose forward. The favorite to close this gap is Evan Roos. But Elrigh Louw, who is now in excellent form, will be a fierce rival.
Rassie is anticipated to put the team back in the conventional configuration with three hookers. With van der Merwe’s recent stellar performance in the United Rugby Championship, you should anticipate that both Dweba and him will get some playing time. Dweba has also been a member of the national team for a number of years; hence, his unexpected absence from the most recent RWC roster was concerning.
As Vincent Koch (33) and Trevor Nyakane (34) approach the later phases of their careers, focus shifts to creating a new prop for the Rugby World Cup of 2027. It is anticipated that Thomas du Toit, who is 28 years old and will be 32 during the next World Cup, will take the field. Moreover, Gerhard Steenekamp may improve upon his 27-minute Bok debut in the upcoming season.
Elton Jantjies has, at last, hinted at a possible comeback. Siya Kolisi, the captain of the Bok, has embraced this. When Handre Pollard was hurt, Rassie and Jacques Nienaber even extended an invitation for him to train with SA. He is therefore eligible to return in 2024.