5 Bok scrumhalves for the future

2015-11-09 13:30
Cobus Reinach (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - While he hasn’t officially announced his international retirement, scrumhalf Fourie du Preez is unlikely to again feature for the Springboks.

Du Preez’s last Test was South Africa’s agonising 20-18 Rugby World Cup semi-final loss to New Zealand - a Test in which he sustained a bad facial injury that kept him out of their bronze medal clash against Argentina.

He said after the All Blacks Test: "I don't know if that was my last game, I'll see how the injury goes. That was probably my last game...”

Du Preez is now 33 years old and is likely to solely focus on his club duties in Japan for Suntory Sungoliath.

Ruan Pienaar stepped up to replace Du Preez in the Bronze Final win over Argentina but it’s perhaps time he also opts for the same route Du Preez is likely to take.

Pienaar’s form on the international stage has been a big talking point this year, with the lanky No 9’s slow service and at best average kicking game not able to get the Boks on the front foot.

Here follows a list of potential candidates for the Springbok No 9 jersey over the next few years:

Cobus Reinach

The 10-Test capped Sharks No 9 was unlucky not to make the Springboks’ final 31-man Rugby World Cup squad.

He featured in Bok match-day squads in all four Tests leading up to the World Cup, but was then controversially left out at the expense of the Bulls’ Rudy Paige.

Reinach is only 25 and by the time the next World Cup comes along, he should be a Test veteran.

Faf de Klerk

The 24-year-old dazzled for the Lions in Super Rugby this year and was invited to subsequent Springbok training camps.

He is yet to make his Test debut but similar form next year will surely see him earn a first Test cap.

Francois Hougaard

With the Olympic Games in mind, Hougaard has recently signed a sevens deal with the Blitzboks.

He has fallen out of favour with Bok coach Heyneke Meyer, but this writer feels he still has a lot to offer the 15-man game.

He was one of the standout scrumhalves in this year’s Currie Cup and the Bulls should continue to utilise him at No 9 - and not on the wing.

Rudy Paige

Paige impressed during Super Rugby and should have been given a chance in the Tests leading up to the World Cup.

With transformation a major talking point before the World Cup, Paige was picked in the Bok squad at the expense of Reinach. As expected, he didn’t get much game time in England, but his tactical kicking, speed to the breakdown and sharp service will make him a handy option in future.

The Bronze Final against Argentina was the ideal opportunity for Paige to get a chance, but he had to settle for a mere three minutes as Meyer banked on the experience of Pienaar.

Jano Vermaak

After joining Western Province from Toulouse in France, the three-Test capped Vermaak didn’t have the best of Currie Cups - in part due to injury niggles as well as the coach’s backing of Nic Groom as WP's No 1 scrumhalf during the tournament.

Vermaak though is an experienced player and should be given more game time in Super Rugby next year.


Rona signs for Waratahs

2017-12-18 17:45

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Saturday, 09 June 2018
New Zealand v France, Auckland 09:35
Australia v Ireland, Brisbane 12:05
South Africa v England, Johannesburg 17:05
Saturday, 16 June 2018
New Zealand v France, Wellington 09:35
Australia v Ireland, Melbourne 12:05
South Africa v England, Bloemfontein 17:05
Saturday, 23 June 2018
New Zealand v France, Dunedin 09:35
Australia v Ireland, Sydney 12:05
South Africa v England, Cape Town 17:05
Saturday, 18 August 2018
South Africa v Argentina, Durban 00:00
Saturday, 25 August 2018
Argentina v South Africa, TBA 00:00
Saturday, 08 September 2018
Australia v South Africa, Brisbane 00:00

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee remains defiant, saying he won't resign despite a shambolic two years at the helm. Your thoughts?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.