I wrote in my sport24 column that the Springboks have the quality to succeed in 2018 and appear to have all bases covered, aside from scrum half, and this could see the recall of Faf De Klerk to South Africa.
The one area that does concern me is scrumhalf. The stocks aren’t great when it comes to settled options. There is some very good talent, especially at the Bulls, but if there is one glaring vulnerability for the Springboks, it is depth at No 9 and if there is a potential weakness, it is the uncertainty about who will start at No 9.
No one domestically has been consistently that good to demand a starting place based on form. This is a problem. Faf de Klerk, of the overseas-based options, has been the best, but even his best hasn’t been compelling.
I’ve always like the idea of Ruan Pienaar adding his experience to the No 9 Bok match-day squad but I understand he isn’t available. In his absence it is likely to be De Klerk, but the feisty halfback’s possible selection would ask as many questions, as it would give answers.
Watch De Klerk knock out Danny Cipriani