John Smit is set to start all three Tests on the Springboks’ end-of-year tour.
The Bok captain has started the last 37 Tests for South Africa, and recently admitted playing through the 2006 season with a groin injury.
However, Smit will be expected to play a major role against Ireland and England in November, with Gary Botha and Chiliboy Ralepelle only getting a decent run against the World XV.
â€œItâ€™s going to be tough because weâ€™re playing against strong opposition,” White told the Sunday Times when asked how much game time Ralepelle could expect. “Iâ€™ll try to get him on the field if I can, but between him and Gary there should be enough game time in the World XV game because I wonâ€™t select John.â€
White also defended including Ralepelle in the Boks squad, even though he was the Bulls’ third choice hooker.
â€œI thought I was creating an opportunity for him, I thought the quicker we got him into the system the better it would be for him,” said White. “He buys into the ethos of being a Springbok and is a leader in the way he talks and conducts himself. But in all fairness to the Bulls, they had lots of hookers contracted.”