It’s hard to believe Etzebeth is 30 already and many of his fellow squad members are a similar age.
This is fine for now but not the near future. We need to start introducing younger players from 2022.
Of the current squad the likes of Willie and Vermeulen have shown signs of nearing the end. Frans Steyn is long past it and the likes of Mostert and Orie need to be dumped
The likes of Mapimpi, Kolbe, Am, Kriel, de Allende, Jantjies , Faf, Reinach, Kitshoff, Koch, Malherbe, Mbonambi, Etzebeth, Lood, PSDT, Kwagga and Kolisi have a good few years left in them.
The younger squad members include Fassi, Nkosi, Willemse, Pollard, Jantjies, Hendrikse, Williams, Ox, Thomas du Toit, Dweba, Marx, Moerat, RG, Wiese and v Staaden
The likes of Gelant, Penxe, Similane, Nohamba, Wilco Louw, Grobelaar, JL du Preez and Dan du Preez have been in the squad so are in the picture
What other youngsters out there could force their way into the squad
At fullback there is Kriel of the Bulls who looks pretty useful. Baby Bok Quin Horn really impressed me, he looks the real deal. Played most of his school rugby and provincial U20 rugby at 13.
Young wings include Tyrone Green, Tambwe, Stiaan Pienaar, Jacobs and Maxwane
Centres include Rickus Pretorious, Gans, Marnus Potgieter, Henco v Wyk, Marius Louw and James Mollentze
Young fly halves include Hendrikse, Chamberlain and Bosch
Scrumhalves: vd Bergh, Ivan v Zyl, Papier and Zak Burger
Props include Boan Venter, Gerhard Steenkamp, Sadie, JJ Wessels and Mchunu
Locks Jason Jenkins, Ruben Schoeman, Ruben v Heerden, JD Schickerling, vd Mecht, Walt Steenkamp, Janko Swanepoel and David Meihuizen
Loosies include Ivan Roos, Elrigh Louw, Kobus Wiese, Jaco Coetzee, Tshituka, Augustus, James Venter, Xaba, Buthelezi, Ackerman and Liebenberg
Time to bring some of these youngsters into the squad