Sport24 users' Springbok team
Cape Town - Sport24 asked readers to play "Springbok selector for a day" by submitting their preferred Springbok XV teams.
We put together a Springbok team based on majority rule in each position - and this was the result...Sport24 readers' Springbok team:
15 Jaco Taute, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Francois Hougaard, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Sport24 has also included a Springbok bench of other players who missed out narrowly, but were also popular:
Substitutes: 16 Gurthro Steenkamp, 17 Schalk Brits, 18 Pat Cilliers, 19 Flip van der Merwe, 20 Marcell Coetzee, 21 Elton Jantjies, 22 Lwazi Mvovo, 23 Zane Kirchner
Results from the poll revealed the following about most Sport24 readers:
- Still undecided as to whether Patrick Lambie is a fullback or a flyhalf
- Jaco Taute seen primarily as a fullback
- Picked Juan de Jongh as the favourite at outside centre
- Most undecided position was who should fill the void left after Bryan Habana's injury
However, according to reports, Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer appears set to stick largely with the same team as was selected in the final Rugby Championship Test, with Zane Kirchner at fullback and Jaco Taute at outside centre.
Probable Springbok starting XV:
15 Zane Kirchner, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jaco Taute, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Francois Hougaard, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
HAVE YOUR SAY:
Pick the starting Springbok XV you'd like to see run out onto the field to face Ireland in Dublin on Saturday. Send your thoughts to Sport24