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Ruggaworld predicted Springbok match day 23

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With Rassie Erasmus announcing his team today, to take on the English on Saturday, the Ruggaworld team have each given their opinion on who the 23 will be. In a side shorn of 5 regular starters, it will be an interesting dynamic, come Saturday. Below are the editors picks.

Jacques Nortier:

15 Damian Willemse. 14 Sbu Nkosi. 13 Jesse Kriel. 12 Damien de Allende. 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi. 10. Handre Pollard. 9 Embrose Papier. 8 Duane Vermeulen. 7 Warren Whiteley. 6 Siya Kolisi (c). 5 Pieter Steph du Toit. 4 Eben Etzebeth. 3 Trevor Nyakane. 2 Malcolm Marx. 1 Steven Kitsoff.

Reserves:  16 Bongi Mbonambi. 17 Wilco Louw. 18 Thomas du Toit. 19 Lood de Jager. 20 RG Snyman. 21 Elton Jantjies. 22 Louis Schreuder. 23 Gio Aplon

Clayton Saville: 15 Gio Aplon. 14 Sbu Nkosi. 13. Jesse Kriel. 12 Damien de Allende. 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi. 10 Handre Pollard. 9 Louis Schreuder. 8 Warren Whiteley. 7 Duane Vermeulen. 6 Siya Kolisi(c). 5 Pieter Steph du Toit. 4. Eben Etzebeth. 3 Frans Malherbe. 2 Malcolm Marx. 1. Steven Kitsoff.

Reserves: 16 Bongi Mbonambi. 17. Trevor Nyakane. 18. Wilco Louw. 19 Lood de Jager. 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe. 21 Embrose Papier. 22 Elton Jantjies. 23 Damian Willemse

Jade Manasse:

15 Gio Aplon. 14 Sbu Nkosi. 13 Jesse Kriel. 12 Damian de Allende. 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi. 10 Handre Pollard. 9 Embrose Papier. 8 Duane Vermeulen. 7 Pieter Steph du Toit. 6 Siya Kolisi(c). 5 Lood de Jager. 4 Eben Etzebeth. 3 Frans Malherbe. 2 Malcolm Marx. 1 Steven Kitsoff.

Reserves: 16 Bongi Mbonambi. 17 Wilco Louw. 18 Trevor Nyakane. 19 RG Snyman. 20 Sikhombuzo Notshe. 21. Louis Schreuder. 22 Elton Jantjies. 23 Damian Willemse.

 

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  1. Yip all good sides – to start against England I’d go:

    1. Kitshoff 2. Marx 3. Louw
    4. Yster 5. Schitterling
    6. Kolisi (c) 7. PSDT 8. Vermeulen

    9. Papier 10. Pollard
    12. DDA 13. Kriel
    11. Aphiwe 14. Sbu 15. Willemse

    16. Nyakane (LH not TH) 17. Bongi 18. Malherbe 19. RG/lood 20. Whiteley 21. Schreuder 22.

    For the other games I’d start Koch at TH and Willemse at 10 or centre (to partner DDA) – I suspect he will be a revelation in any of these positions rather than 15. Id look at kolbe or aplon at 15.

    Serfontein, JLDP and Beast are sorely missed.

  2. If Mostert can’t play v England i would go for Lood to start and RG on the bench just in case Lood is not up to it after his long layoff. If Mostert can play, start him and RG as backup

  3. Backrow: Kolisi, PSdT, Vermeulen with Whiteley on the bench
    9: Papier with Schreuder backup
    Fullback: Damien start in case Kolbe/Aplon are not available. Kriel can cover FB. Nel & Jantjies on the bench

  4. @Oupa Joe: agree mostly, especially with Steph on flank. Not convinced of Nel yet – and will also play Willemse from bench. Maybe Papier earns right for first start – with Schreurder as backup.

  5. Yip RG snyman and schitterling abd most wet and lood all potentially good. Can’t really go too wrong with any of them. Yster is a cut above for me tho. Psdt been firm flanker in world rugby , he’s workrate (tackles) is incomparable , but for go-forward I’d have JLDP, hopefully Kolisi and and Vermeulen can get bokke on front foot. Got to win set pieces and collisions v England, esp at twickenham – take crowd out of it and ball away from them.

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