Ageing Bok squad

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Nov 23, 2021, 19:35

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

Hooker Mbatha

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

Nov 23, 2021, 19:59

The Back-bone of tbe Bokke are in their prime and will be for the next 2 years...we must build for the future and blood new players, but we are in a good place and will take a very competitive squad to the next RWC...France né?

Nov 23, 2021, 20:11

Agreed but we need to build for the future as post the next WC the core will be past it or close.

Keep the core but bring in new youngsters not 28 year olds

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