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Not much to be said about hooker


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content on 11 Jun 2015 at 08:00
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Yesterday we started looking at the potential squad compilation of the Springboks to the Rugby World Cup, which yielded very little debate for or against the props mentioned. Whether this is a good or bad thing remains to be seen.

It could be that we all simply agree with the few names that are likely to go, but it is more the fact that the Springboks have limited quality props to choose from which puts us in this position. And I feel that we are going to have as little debate about today’s position – Hooker.

There are two stand out players in coach Meyer’s eyes: Bismarck du Plessis and Adriaan Strauss. Both of them have been rotated over the last couple of seasons, with Meyer actually preferring Strauss a few times during last year’s Rugby Championship.

The simple fact is that those two players will not miss out on World Cup selection, bar injury of course, and that we have single spot remaining in the tour group. To assign that spot though, is no easy task.

Looking across the Super Rugby squads, I fail to see a single player raising their hand to make this World Cup squad. You may think that Scarra Ntubeni has the inside lane, seeing as he made the squad last year, but has he shown any improvement or drive to go from a backup hooker to being a first choice stand out?

Players to choose from include Bongi Mbonambi from the Stormers, Callie Visagie from the Bulls, Akker van der Merwe or Robbie Coetzee from the Lions. I wouldn’t go as far as including any Sharks hookers, as neither Kyle Cooper nor Franco Marais deserve a mention. That’s a pretty sad state of affairs and I can imagine that Meyer will default to Ntubeni and get this position finalised early on in his decision making.

My question to you is: What are we going to do after the World Cup, once Bismarck has left? Obviously Adriaan Strauss will be our go to guy, but that would mean the Boks are one injury away from a crises at hooker. Do you see any of the guys bubbling under stepping up to become a world class hooker? Who?



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