Cape Town - Former national coach Heyneke Meyer is confident the Springboks have what it takes to win the upcoming Rugby World Cup in Japan.
In an interview with Rapport, Meyer said he has done a lot of research into what is required to win a World Cup and the Boks tick all the boxes.
Meyer's boxes include experience, depth, conditioning, defence, strong leadership, tactical sharpness, consistency and a potent eighthman, scrumhalf and flyhalf trio.
Meyer, who currently coaches French outfit Stade Francais, led South Africa to a third-place finish at the 2015 World Cup in England.
It came after the team rallied from a shock 34-32 loss to Japan in their opening group game in Brighton.
The Boks made it to the semi-finals where they narrowly lost 20-18 to the All Blacks before beating Argentina 24-13 in the bronze final.
But the class of 2019 is more experience and Meyer's head says they can go all the way.
"The plan was always to have players who are 25, 26, 27 years old and have played around 50 or more Tests for the next World Cup (in 2019)," Meyer told the Afrikaans Sunday publication.
"Players like Eben Etzebeth, (Handre) Pollard and Jesse (Kriel) are all there now. That is why I believe the Boks have the necessary experience to be successful."
According to Meyer, the Boks also have the necessary depth to excel.
"Our forward pack is world-class, especially our depth at lock and prop. You can get injuries and then you need depth. We tick the box. For example, I don't think New Zealand has that depth anymore."
Meyer added that he was impressed by the combination of eighthman Duane Vermeulen, scrumhalf Faf de Klerk and flyhalf Handre Pollard.
"They're all experienced, which is important."
Compiled by Herman Mostert