So we got our forwards and all is left is to pick our back-line players to complete our Ruggaworld squad.
Although Coetzee have already picked his squad for the French tour this is your opportunity to pick the squad you wanted to see go up against the French and in the process win some test tickets to go and see the Boks play against the French in June
Well the choice is up to you and here is how our squad looks like at the moment from the votes you cast.
Props: Steven Kitshoff, Ox Nche, Ruan Dreyer and Frans Malherbe
Hookers: Malcolm Marx and Bismarck Du Plessis
Locks: Etzebeth, Pieter Steph Du Toit and Franco Mostert.
Loose Forwards: Daune Vermeulen, Warren Whiteley, Jaco Kriel and Jean-Luc Du Preez
Now it is time to pick one of the most important combinations in a team at test level, the 9 and 10. These are you decision makers and we need to have the best to compete against the best.
To enter into the draw for the Test Tickets you must explain your choices in the comment section.
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So pick your 9 and 10 you have 24 hours…
Elton have been the best 10 for the past two years in Super Rugby for South Africa but has struggled to show his class at Bok level. Under pressure he did not really show us that the number 10 spot is his in that Springbok team but he did play for most of the test behind a poor forward pack.
Elton has all the abilities to be a great test 10 but need to show this time around that he has learned from last year.
Lionel has been great this season for the Kings and have even excel in the leadership roll in the team. He has made good choices on the field and has been one of the best 10’s in the competition. Lionel has some great skills and ability but one have to be careful if he is just a great Super Rugby player or can he excel at Test level as well.
From those that is fit Fred has been on form in a struggling Cheetahs side this year. He has develop much better in most aspects of the game and has come forward as an attacking 10 in Super Rugby. He has a good boot and has also got a good % with kick to goals this season. With so many injuries at 10 Fred is an option.
Faf De Klerk
Faf has been the best 9 in 2016 but struggled at the end of the season and has not really brought the same form into this years Super Rugby. We know we have a great attacking scrum-half in Faf and that he is always going to try his best in defence and attack. If he is still good enough at test level? you need to choose.
Again one of the best 9’s in Europe for his Irish club and one of the most all-rounded 9’s in the world. Pienaar maybe will not give you that X-Factor but what he does he does brilliantly and has an all-round game. He is not a youngster anymore and there are real good talent coming through but with injuries and players loosing form Pienaar could be an option for your team.
Surely one of the form scrum-half’s this year in South Africa and mostly under rated as he goes by his business most of the time so easily. Ross had to play under Faf for a few season at the Lions but this year has shown much more at the franchise and are a worthy player to be rewarded with a Springbok call-up. He has a good boot on him and clean the ball quickly but most off all has an eye to sum up play quickly and can attack as well.
Francois has going through a few bad season but more so because coaches have not played him at his real position and always used him at wing. He is still for me the best 9 we have in South Africa even if he is playing now in Europe. I will go with Hougie any day of the week and twice on a Sunday.
He is by far the closes we have to a Fourie Du Preez
Feel sorry for Rudi as he has struggled with a even more struggling Bulls side and for some reason he did not get even close to enough game time at the Bulls this year. Paige has the ability to break games but have not shown that with a struggling Bulls pack this year. It is always more difficult for a 10 and 9 to play behind a forward pack struggling and this is exactly what Paige has to live with this year.
Vermaak has been on a good run for the Stormers when he was not injured and that is really where the problem lies, not injured. He is not the youngest player around so injuries do come and go so Vermaak although a great 9 will most properly only be a good backup player in a Springbok squad.
So pick your 9 and 10 you have 24 hours