26.1.2020 04:47 pm
Let Rassie Erasmus explain very diligently…
It was understandable that most of the attention regarding the Springboks currently centres on Jacques Nienaber.
Interestingly, he’s actually not the only one who wears them on match days.
A consummate professional and highly skilled player, the versatile veteran loose forward got his due reward with two trophies in 2019.
Could this be the Springbok captain’s career after rugby?
Brought up by a single mother in Nelspruit, Vermeulen played his 50th Test in the Boks’ opening game in the World Cup, against New Zealand.
Winning the World Cup with the Springboks was Tendai Mtawarira’s last bit of unfinished business here, topping off a magnificent career.
Mtawarira, 34, has been a fixture at loosehead prop since debuting in 2008 and he is the third-most capped Springbok with 117, after Victor Matfield and Bryan Habana.
The Springbok captain is acutely aware of his importance to South Africans, particularly after an endearing image of he and Schalk Burger resurfaced on Twitter.
If tomorrow’s Rugby World Cup semifinal is played in the wet, as is expected, the Springboks are braced for ‘a game of chess’ against Wales, says flyhalf Handre Pollard.
The versatile 25-year-old midfielder had to return home early from the World Cup tournament in Japan due to a hamstring problem.
It might have something to do with S’bu Nkosi and Makazole Mapimpi’s potency…
The Springbok assistant coach was, rather inevitably, asked to weigh in on the spying allegations dominating the build-up to New Zealand and England’s semifinal.
The Frenchman is a controversial figure, who was severely criticised for his handling of the Boks and All Blacks’ pool match last month.
The evergreen prop certainly did his best to make up for it on all fronts.