Stick: World-class Faf vital to Bok cause

2018-11-07 19:46
Faf de Klerk
Faf de Klerk (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Springbok assistant coach Mzwandile Stick says the team will welcome the experience of scrumhalf Faf de Klerk when they tackle France in Paris on Saturday.

De Klerk, who plays for Sale Sharks in England, missed last Saturday’s Test against England at Twickenham due to the match falling outside World Rugby’s Test window.

But he was recalled to the Bok squad ahead of this weekend’s Test, alongside other overseas-based players Willie le Roux (fullback, Wasps), Cheslin Kolbe (utility back, Toulouse), Franco Mostert (lock, Gloucester), Francois Louw (flank, Bath) and Vincent Koch (prop, Saracens).

De Klerk is expected to take over from Ivan van Zyl in the No 9 on Saturday.

“He is a world-class player. His experience and what he brings to the team is vital. He knows European conditions and I think he will add a lot of value to the team if he gets an opportunity to play this weekend,” Stick told reporters in Paris on Tuesday when probed about what De Klerk could add to the Bok cause.

The 20 Test-capped De Klerk was last week also named as a 2018 World Rugby Player of the Year nominee, alongside Bok team-mate Malcolm Marx.

Bok coach Rassie Erasmus will name his side on Thursday, with Saturday’s Test scheduled for 22:05 (SA time).

WATCH: Rassie coaches the 'Farrell tackle'

Read more on:    springboks  |  faf de klerk  |  mzwandile stick  |  rugby


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Saturday, 04 July 2020
South Africa v Scotland, Cape Town 17:05
Saturday, 11 July 2020
South Africa v Scotland, Jonsson Kings Park Stadium 17:05
Saturday, 18 July 2020
South Africa v Georgia, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 17:05
Saturday, 08 August 2020
South Africa v Argentina, Emirates Airline Park 14:00
Saturday, 15 August 2020
Argentina v South Africa, Estadio Bicentenario 21:45
Saturday, 29 August 2020
Australia v South Africa, Optus Stadium 14:00

Debate rages! Who is the greatest ever Springbok hooker ... John Smit, Bismarck du Plessis or someone else perhaps?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

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.