Elton Jantjies. (Photograph by Steve Haag/Gallo Photos)
Elton Jantjies has not been South Africa’s first-choice flyhalf for years, however his position as back-up to Handre Pollard has been an important a part of the Springbok machine beneath Rassie Erasmus and Jacques Nienaber.
Now, dropped from the aspect following a highly-publicised alleged affair with group dietician Zeenat Simjee, Jantjies’ worldwide future is drowning in uncertainty.
Jantjies is 32 and has 45 Checks to his title, however developments over the previous few days have left many questioning if he’ll ever put on the inexperienced and gold once more.
If he would not, then it opens the door for one more specialist flyhalf to enter the Springbok fray.
Pollard is presently injured and Damian Willemse is being backed at No 10 within the Rugby Championship, however the back-up is extremely skinny heading into Saturday’s conflict in opposition to Argentina in Buenos Aires.
Willemse confirmed in opposition to the Wallabies in Sydney that he has the substances to be a world playmaker, however the Springbok administration will nonetheless be in search of another choice as preparations for the World Cup in France subsequent 12 months proceed.
So, who’s subsequent in line after Jantjies?
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The 30-year-old Bulls playmaker is definitely within the Rugby Championship squad, however he has not totally accomplished his rehabilitation from a critical knee harm. A participant extremely extremely rated by Bok administration, Goosen’s worldwide profession has been stop-start in nature. A return to motion is known to be proper across the nook, and whereas he’ll nearly definitely not function for the Boks within the Rugby Championship, Goosen shall be eyeing a robust displaying for the Bulls and probably a spot within the end-of-year touring occasion.
Johan Goosen. (Photograph by Anton Geyser/Gallo Photos)
His title retains developing when speaking Bok flyhalf choices, and why not? Libbok did, in spite of everything, information the Stormers to a maiden URC championship final season and was one of many type flyhalves within the competitors. He would not match the normal Bok stereotype of what a No 10 needs to be, however neither did Jantjies actually. Inconsistent goal-kicking would rely in opposition to his trigger, however Libbok is as thrilling as anybody with ball in hand and his silky, correct distribution is maybe his greatest asset.
Manie Libbok. (Photograph by Grant Pitcher/Gallo Photos)
It is exhausting to see this one taking place, however Smith had an excellent URC season in 2021/22 for the Bulls. Smith is a point-scoring machine and possibly essentially the most correct goal-kicker on this dialog, which is an space the place the Boks are struggling presently. He’s greater than able to launching assaults, however his boot – out of hand and off the tee – is his main weapon.
Chris Smith. (Photograph by Ben Evans/Gallo Photos)
Bosch’s defence has all the time been the most important impediment standing between him and extra Springbok alternatives, and he appears 1,000,000 miles off the nationwide radar in the intervening time. He’s nonetheless simply 25 and has time on his aspect. He’s more likely to be given the reins in Durban within the URC this 12 months the place he’ll play behind a monster pack on the Sharks. If he exhibits the suitable stuff, there isn’t a motive why he cannot pressure himself again into Bok reckoning.
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There may be a lot hype surrounding the Lions man, and he possesses the all-round sport that can draw approval from Nienaber and Erasmus. He nonetheless has rather a lot to show at franchise degree, however it isn’t far-fetched to see the Boks throwing him into the deep finish on the year-end tour if he’s ticking the suitable containers within the URC.
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