Springbok coach Jake White may have one more surprise up his sleeve for the final Vodacom Tri-Nations match against the Wallabies.
After the experiment with Jaque Fourie against the All Blacks at fullback did not come off as well as hoped, White may spring a new face in the No 15 jersey at Ellis Park.
And it may come from outside the current squad.
Fourie has arguably been the form Bok player of the Tri-Nations playing at outside centre and he will probably return to that position on his home ground.
It seems Percy Montgomery will be given the day off again, which means that young JP Pietersen could get his first start for the Springboks.
But White was evasive as far as that was concerned. The coach had a meeting with selection convener Peter Jooste and they are considering introducing surprise choice.
“It may be that we come up with an interesting choice at fullback,” White told the Beeldâ€™s Morris Gilbert. “I think Jaque performed satisfactorily but I know he prefers playing at centre because it is closer to the action. It is also true that he and Jean de Villiers form a very good centre pair.â€
â€œMonty will certainly be considered again but I feel we should rather continue our search for a successor. The fullback against the Wallabies does not necessarily have to come from the current Tri-Nations squad. Maybe we’ll call up someone from outside (the squad), maybe we stick with Jaque and maybe we have another option within the squad,” White said cryptically.
Meanwhile, try-scorer Bryan Habana has been sent home. “He complained of dizziness and we decided to send him home,” White explained. Despite the fact that the loose-trio performed excellently, there is a good chance that flank forward Juan Smith will rejoin the Springboks tomorrow and may be considered for the Test.