Who will captain the Boks to the RWC?

April 24, 2013
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With the recent announcement of the contracted Springbok group, focus is slowly starting to shift to the international test season with one burning question…

Who will captain the Springboks to the RWC in 2015?

Jean de Villiers occupied this role in 2012 and is said to resume this role in 2013 for the sake of continuity – but indications were always that he was performing a stand-in role rather than being a permanent fixture with a new captain being prepped to lead the Boks from 2014 into the Rugby World Cup in 2015.

For all the heartache of 2011, South Africa was spoilt to have an outstanding leader in John Smit for eight years which is probably why it is so difficult to identify a clear replacement for the Springboks.

The names of Schalk Burger and Pierre Spies was mentioned at times, but with Burger plagued by injuries in the last two years and Spies’ poor form in 2012 which saw Duane Vermeulen take ownership of the number eight jersey, candidates seem few and far between.

A coach will always pick a captain he trusts and feels comfortable with – an extension of himself on the field, and while he might have that in Spies from a personal point of view and his years involved at the Bulls before he became national coach, the player’s form doesn’t justify this.

There is another player Meyer rates quite highly and always did even at his years at the Bulls – a player whose loss he lamented when he decided to leave the Bulls and join the Cheetahs and a player and captain who has led his team with distinction in Super Rugby in the last couple of seasons – I am of course referring to Adriaan Strauss.

Judged solely on his form and leadership skills, there aren’t many folks that will argue Strauss’ contributions or value, but it is when we consider who is up against for the number two jersey in the Bok team when things become a bit complicated.

It has been argued that in the last two seasons of John Smit’s career that Bismarck was by far the better player, some even suggesting the best in the world.  It was however the importance placed on John’s leadership which saw Bismarck not only play second fiddle to Smit at the Boks, but also the Sharks.

Currently, everything is going for Adriaan.  He seems to be in the form of his life, he is leading the Cheetahs team with distinction enjoying their best year in Super Rugby history, and of course, there is no Bismarck to compare him against given the fact that the latter is injured.

It is almost too cruel to imagine that Bismarck might just find himself in the same position he was in when John Smit was around, playing second fiddle to someone who is currently arguably the best candidate to lead the Boks from 2014 beyond, Adriaan Strauss.  But with very few candidates putting up their hands to take over from Jean de Villiers from 2014, this might well be the case.

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9 Comments

  1. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    April 24th, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    the RWC is 2 years away – why select a captain now for 2015? :Rule 9:

    You only NEED to select a captain at the begining of every campaign for example a cap for the 4Nations or a cap for EOYT etc.

  2. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    April 24th, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    HOWEVER – I think I know what HM is going to do and I don’t like it! Expect Spies as Captain for the next 2 years! :censored:

  3. avatar Boertjie says:
    April 24th, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Reply to JT_BOKBEFOK! @ 3:06 pm:

    Not NOW – JdeV has the armband.
    This thread is about 2014. (Next year.)
    I can only think of Adriaan – even if Burger
    does return.

  4. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    April 24th, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 3:16 pm:

    trust me – if he stays injury free it will be Spies!

  5. avatar The Year of the Cheetah says:
    April 24th, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    If I look at the boks that received contracts I dont want Andries near this team.

    Keep Jean and keep fokking voort.

  6. avatar Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 3:20 am

    Spies met plesies of course.

    Like POC to attract a widen audience Pierre is for the gay market. :soek:

    I prefer captains from the coal face, the forwards, quick in the refs ear, preferably a feather. Captains are hardly ever sent off.

  7. avatar Timeo says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 3:30 am

    Morne,

    Stop!

    You said all this emphasis on the WC and the thinking in 4 year cycles is harming our rugby.

    :lol:

  8. avatar Morné says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Reply to Timeo @ 3:30 am:

    But we know it’s the thought process so I might as well entertain it… ;

  9. avatar Americano says:
    April 26th, 2013 at 1:18 am

    I want Strauss – his captaincy would insure his ” lucky charm ” Messerschmitt – Willie LeRoux makes the squad.

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