It’s Wynand’s party too

The Springboks are not the only ones celebrating a birthday this weekend.

While the Boks are turning 100-years-old, uncapped centre Wynand Olivier will turn 23 on Sunday. It is already a magical time for the blonde Bulls flyer, but a chance to run onto the field on Saturday will make it extra special.

White has so much confidence in Olivier that he sent De Wet Barry and Wayne Julies home after the training camp in Bloemfontein.

If De Villiers is injured Olivier will become South Africa’s first choice at No 12. And White also rates him as a contender for a place at outside centre and wing.

“I never expected to be included in the 22 for the Springboks’ first Test of the year,” Olivier told Die Volksblad’s Hendrik Cronje. “I was terribly nervous when I wore the Springbok jersey for the first time against the World team last week.

“But I think that will be to my advantage and help me stay calm if I play on Saturday. I realise there is pressure on every player in the team and it will never decrease.

“I have been given an opportunity to prove myself at Test level, and to prove the critics wrong. I want to grab that chance,” he said in Die Volksblad.

Olivier has already stated he doesn’t want to be a one-Test wonder. His aim is to play 50 games for his country. The first could be earned in Durban tomorrow.