De Allende for Bok call-up?
Cape Town - Stormers backline coach Robbie Fleck believes utility back Damian de Allende is not far off from a Springbok call-up.
De Allende, 22, has been a rare shining light for the Stormers in a disastrous season which has seen them win only three of 11 games to sit bottom of the overall Super Rugby log
The big playmaker was instrumental on the right wing against the Bulls in Pretoria last Saturday, despite the Stormers losing 28-12.
His favourite position is inside centre, where his big frame (1.92m and 103kg) can be utilised to greater effect.
Fleck, in an interview with Die Burger's website
, said De Allende must be very close to being included in the Springbok squad. He said De Allende was "phenomenal" in every position he's played for them this season.
Fleck said the player's ability to get over the advantage line, his versatility and physical presence are assets that count in his favour for Springbok selection.
The Stormers face the Western Force at Newlands on Saturday and De Allende could move back to his favourite position if Jean de Villiers fails to recover in time from a sore shoulder. Wing Kobus van Wyk is fit again, which could pave the way for De Allende to play in the No 12 jersey.
Kick-off for the clash at Newlands is scheduled for 17:05.