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Forget the new Springbok coach, who will be captain?

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4 August 06 A springbok jersey on display at the South African sports goods agents and manufacturers. This show at the Coca Cola Dome showcases top sporting goods products from all over the world until Sunday. Pic Neil McCartney

Everybody is waiting to see who SARU appoints as the new Springbok coach to take over from Meyer, but an interesting question was asked on social media yesterday….who should be the captain?

With both Jean de Villiers and Victor Matfield retiring from international rugby last year the Springboks will not just have a new coach to take them to 2019 but also a new leader on the field. In my days the team came together and they picked the player they believed must lead them but that was in the days when rugby was played differently.

Today your captain and more so your national captain is not just the person making the call on the field but is the one person that represent the team, management and the country.

It is easy to just pull a name out of the hat and say you go and run with it but a captain is more than just the pretty face in front of the cameras.

I liked the idea what Cricket South Africa did with Smith and appointed him as a young up and coming player to be with the team and grow with it. Beside the fact that cricket ball is different the game is a total different ball game and players have longer careers than rugby players, but no reason to take that thought and run with it when deciding on the new captain.

A captain must be the number one choice in his position, so who should be considered for the position?

Patrick Lambie…..Lambie has shown that he is a great person and player in the team and not just his teammates but also the media and supporters like the guy. As an outsider it seems that he is not one of those captains that get much fired up on the field and looks rather than a cool and calm customer.

Personally I do not like a captain to be in the backline, history will show as well that the best Springbok teams was led by a captain upfront. Off course one would have to wait and see who the number one 10 will be between Lambie and Pollard but Lambie can show his worth in the Super Rugby as he will lead the Sharks this year.

Handre’ Pollard…..Pollard have done it throughout his young career and has been earmarked since school days to lead his country one day. He is one of the exciting players in South Africa and have lead the Junior Boks as well and got the player of the tournament accolade as well. If you want to pick a young player then maybe Pollard is the man that can lead South Africa for a long time. His been Meyer’s first choice the last year and between him and Lambie they wil fill the number 10 jumper for a long time.

Duane Vermeulen ….. Don’t know if the new Bok coach or SARU will want a Springbok captain playing outside of South Africa but Vermeulen is one of the great players in the Springboks and have lead the Somers well last year without it effecting his play. Cannot see anybody really taking the number eight position away from Vermeulen so definitely a choice for captaincy.

Jaco Kriel….. Jaco has been the most exciting player in South African rugby the past two seasons and he is a player that put down everything on the park. He also led the Lions to an unbeaten season in last year’s Currie Cup which shown us not just his ability as a leader but also his character. Many believe he was supposed to be in the World Cup squad and that he is what the Springboks need to evolve in the next 4 years. With so many loose forwards in the country one need to see firstly if the new coach and his selectors believe he is firstly a good enough player for a permanent spot in the team.

Adriaan Strauss…. Adriaan had a 50/50 first season at the Bulls last year but got his mojo back once he pulled that Springbok jumper over his head. He is a proven great leader and will lead the Springboks will greatness. Strauss is also one of that people that lead by example and players look up to him. The one thing that count against Adriaan is his age and also the fact that there are plenty of young hookers coming through the ranks that can take that Springbok number 2 jumper.

Finding the right captain is as important than finding a the right coach and great coaches make sure that they have a leader that they can work with and can trust. Uncle Kitch had Francois Pienaar, Nick had Gary in that 17 in row victories and White had John.

Who would you want to have as the Springbok captain?

 

 

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  1. Adriaan strauss definitely has another 4 years in him, with some things going against him, age certainly isnt one.

  2. @GrootBull: The question is if the two young hookers at Lions will surpass him and we also have Scarra….

    Don’t need another John vs Bismarck thing….and with the BEE thing expect Scarra to be in most of the time if fit

  3. This is a good question.
    But before I go on, at what specific date on the calandar is NOT having a national coach indicative of systemic indecision & rot?
    Just sayin’.

    Definitely NO on Adrian Strauss. If an overseas guy can be picked it has to be the Duane Vermuleun.

  4. Warren Whiteley…

    Duuuhhh

    No Brainer

    Except that I hear in the SARU corridors of power in CT the Lions are frowned upon for not whilting and dying after their year without SR…

  5. On form 2015 Whiteley and Kriel HAVE to be selected.

    No loose forward in any South African competition came even to within smoking distance of the form they displayed.

    Between the two they dominated every statistic for loose forwards last year.

    But I hear that form was not really a prererquisite to play for Heyneke’s Hansworse and the new coach will not have to worry about the form of players this year either…

  6. @Americano: Judgment day soon. One for our American. PS – My Packers broke my heart so I am for Oher & Cam & the Panthers.

  7. Personally i thought Tecklenberg is easily forgotten, Warren led the lions well, but Warrick really does not get enough credit for the Super Rugby season he had last year.

  8. Adriaan strauss WILL play with the boks for the next 4 years does not matter if the coach is the most anti bulls or meyer coach ever.

  9. Depends who Rassie will select. Any coach other than him and we’ll have more of the same shit.

  10. BC-
    Is that the first official sighting of the Messerschmitt in the C-Cell outfit?
    Wow.
    Not the same as a photog snapping a photo of a unicorn while out on safari….but close. So close.

  11. Bunny
    Yeah I’m miffed at Strauss about the Cheetahs. But more how in the interviews after the loss he was almost welcoming of it. Like they gave it their best shot & oh ya know they can’t succumb fate.
    Um yes you can Adrian Strauss but don’t take my word for it with ZeeBulls.
    Don’t change a thing actually.

  12. Yip agree with you on smith and a forward leading. Not sure i see any leaders in that bunch. Vermeulen maybe. Kriel needs to get selected first – way overdue. Inject a bit of gdam voma. Pity there aren’t any Rubén krugers left.

  13. Whitely good grafter but not bok material tho that may be a harsh call. Think he was one of Mitchell’s spots. Pretty good but you want me he best in the bok loosetrio spot. What we need is someone me gdam strike runners – Noel burger danie gerber gerrie germishuys that sheer athleticism outside that seperates the ABs from all else. We got our playmakers these days and our pack always been good – we need finishers. Remember Cabous with the hair – horrenfous – but he sure could finish.

  14. It’ quite simple really… who is one of the first players you pencil into the starting XV…

    The problem is the Boks have increasingly become sick notes which disrupts that…

    But yes it’s Vermeulen at the moment until someone else with a bit of youth becomes that…

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