The window-dressing at international level with Lawrence Sephaka looks to be over.
The prop, who made his international debut in 2000 and has never made an impression, is among a list of 10 players released to go home after Saturday’s final test match of the season.
Many of the senior players, among them captain John Smit, have also been given the additional week off, but Sephaka’s departure could be the last time we see him in a national squad.
His tour contribution has been 40 minutes against Ireland and the story was as unflattering as it has always been. Every time he gets picked to tour with the Boks it is the same old story. Hopefully there will be honesty about his potential and no more window-dressing on the basis of his colour. It does the player no good. It does the team even less good.
The players initially set to return home are: Sephaka, Smit, BJ Botha, Johann Muller, Juan Smith, Jean de Villiers, Akona Ndungane, Bryan Habana and Kabamba Floors.
The situation with Floors will be revisited, depending on his Sevens’ commitments.
Players set to join the squad for the World XV game include De Wet Barry, Jonge Nokwe, Selborne Boome and Cobus Visagie. Wikus van Heerden has already joined the squad.