With John Smit definitely ruled out of the End of Year Tour, we have a look at some of the players who might be asked to step up and fill very big boots.
The first and obvious choice is Victor Matfield, having just one less cap than existing captain John Smit, as well as having won his fair share of Super Rugby titles, it seems really easy. But, Victor is no young gun, and is this not the ideal opportunity to blood the captain to take us from 2012 and beyond? Let us look at a few obvious and a few left field selections to make it really interesting:
- Current vice-captain, and already experienced in leading the Boks
- Winner of three Super Rugby titles
- Matfield played every single minute of the 2010 Tri Nations, and could do with a bit of a rest himself.
- Aside from that win in Dunedin in 2008, he hasn’t been the most successful captain.
- Another leader by example, he tends to lead from the front, and is a cool character under pressure.
- He has the respect of his teammates – having been there and done it all in a Bok jersey.
- Your best player doesn’t always make the best captain – will the weight of one of the toughest jobs in South African rugby affect his game?
- Captaining Free State and captaining the Springboks are two very different jobs!
- He was a decent captain to the Stormers in their best Super Rugby finish tin 2010, leading to the final.
- He likes leading by example, and takes the captaincy in his stride.
- He is a walking yellow card.
- He also needs rest after a very, very long year.
ANTON VAN ZYL:
- Yes, he is a pick from left field, but his great work with Western Province indicates that he is one of the best captains in the country.
- Fresh ideas and a fresh face could just be what the doctor ordered!
- Is he good enough to warrant a starting spot in the Bok line-up?
- No Springbok experience – his first Test in charge would also be his debut for his country
- He has done the job before and is a player who has been earmarked as a potential Springbok captain in the future.
- Ralepelle thrived under the leadership role at age-group level and has all the qualities to do a great job.
- Can he really keep in form Bismarck du Plessis out of the Springbok starting line up.
- Can his body hold up? Will he finish the tour – unlike last year when he limped home early?
- He has captained the Springboks successfully before, doing a great job.
- He has done a great job at the Sharks, learning from the best in the country, John Smit.
- Can he hold down a starting spot?
- He is currently not in the country, and he is not young enough to be around for a long time.
So what do you think? Anybody have another idea? Some more left field selections? Anybody for some Luke Watson?Tweet