Elton Jantjies was known as as much as the Rugby Championship coaching squad amidst a rising flyhalf harm disaster, however was he the suitable selection?

With Manie Libbok the one match No 10 within the coaching squad after accidents dominated out Handre Pollard and Damian Willemse, Jantjies has returned regardless of lacking out on choice for final yr’s November tour of Europe aftering being embroiled in a scandal.

In keeping with Bok coach Jacques Nienaber, Jantjies was subsequent in line for a call-up: “He is aware of our pondering and programs inside out and might slot in simply.”

However have been the options missed too rapidly?

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A longstanding servant within the Springbok ranks, 88-Check Ruan Pienaar is at present taking part in a few of his greatest rugby for the Cheetahs and might cowl flyhalf and scrumhalf, to not point out his worth as a goal-kicker.

Arguably essentially the most well-acquainted with the Bok setup and among the finest goal-kickers of all time is the not too long ago retired Morne Steyn. Did the Boks miss a beat by not bringing Steyn again for a final hurrah?

There may be additionally an argument for Robert du Preez. A one-cap Springbok, Du Preez has impressed throughout his time on the Sale Sharks to develop into one of many squad’s key members and is greater than able to slotting in at centre if wants be. Is it the right time to rope the 29-year-old again into the Bok combine?

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As soon as tipped as a shoo-in for the Bok No 10 jersey, Curwin Bosch has but to dwell as much as expectation, however a current turnaround in kind makes the Sharks playmaker a viable choice. Simply nearly as good at fullback, he would lend versatility to the Bok squad, and given he’s simply 25, there is a chance to work Bosch into the squad as a utility again with the long run in thoughts.

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