As the Springboks and All Blacks began preparations on Monday for their back-to-back Tests in South Africa next month, the head coaches of both camps would have plenty to do.
Although a 41-man Bok squad present in Hazyview, ahead of next Saturday’s Rugby Championship opener in Mbombela, the All Blacks in Wellington, New Zealand, preparing for their trip to South Africa. They are expected to arrive at OR Tambo International at the weekend.
In Hazyview, Bok boss Jacques Nienaber will be more interested in who he will field against the All Blacks, while his counterpart Ian Foster may have more pressing questions – trying to figure out what err on the side of his team and find a game plan. harmony and understanding with new coaches around him.
A large selection of Nienaber selections will be released in the coming days. With Duane Vermeulen back in the squad, does the veteran No 8 go straight into the starting line-up, replacing Jasper Wiese, who was excellent against Wales, or does he play off the bench first, or is he in the mix at all?
Also, Pieter-Steph du Toit was far from his best against Wales, so Nienaber makes it back to play and get back from that form, or is it time Rynhardt Elstadt, Elrigh Put Louw or Evan Roos in the mix – or use Vermeulen or Vermeulen. Wiese at No 7?
There is also a case for Franco Mostert to play on the blind side?
The other big call to make is right wing, where Nienaber has to do it find a replacement for the injured Cheslin Kolbe. Will it be Kurt-Lee Arendse, Warrick Gelant, Willie le Roux, Jesse Kriel or Damian Willemse?
Under pressure from the All Blacks, Foster has sacked two coaches in recent days – John Plumtree and Brad Mooar – and brought in Jason Ryan from the Crusaders to help train the forwards. How will this new dynamic affect the team, their preparations and the game plan they want to settle on?
Former Ireland captain Joe Schmidt is also involved, which complicates matters, and then Foster has to call his captain Sam Cane, who has been struggling for some time.
The team’s leadership has been maintained at the open side, but he will be under pressure in South Africa — not only to perform well, but to justify retaining Foster as captain.
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