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Surprise potential Springboks captains considered by Rassie Erasmus

Rassie Erasmus has identified several surprise potential Springbok captains that nobody would have predicted. These men are in line to take over from Siya Kolisi.

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Rassie recently namedropped several players he is looking at for the vacant Springboks captaincy. With regular captain Kolisi ruled out of the Rugby Championship, Erasmus mentioned the likes of Luckanyo AM, Steven Kitshoff and Duane Vermeulen.

As Bok veterans and players who have lead their respective clubs, none of these names were surprising. However, not many would have predicted the likes of Pieter-Steph du Toit and Damian de Allende’s names coming up. He also indirectly hinted that Malcolm Marx and Bongi Mbonambi could wear the armband.

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A couple of surprises came out of Rassie’s list of potential Bok captains. Firstly, it comes as a surprise that he did not mention Handre Pollard who was vice-captain of the Bokke last year while Eben Etzebeth name did also not come up.

However, this is likely owed to the fact that both players are currently recovering from injury. So, we will see if this changes when the instrumental Bok pivot and lock enforcer recover.

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Springboks line up to sign the national anthem.
Rassie Erasmus intends to send 15 Springboks to New Zealand. Photo: Morgan Treacy/INPHO/Shutterstock.

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Secondly, de Allende and du Toit are not traditional captains in the sense that neither mean usually don the captains armband.

“We have Steven Kitshoff who has captained (the Stormers) and won a URC, we have Duane Vermeulen who has captained, both hookers can captain, Lukhanyo Am has captained at franchise level, Pieter-Steph du Toit has also led the Boks before,” Erasmus stated on SuperSport.

Meaning, Bok regular hookers Marx and Mbonambi are also in the picture.

Having such a wide array of leaders being looked at speaks volumes to the leadership quality in this side. This will serve South Africa well when they defend their Rugby World Cup title in France.

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With the Boks set to implement a split-squad policy, Jacques Nienaber will have to select two captains.

Pollard, Etzebeth and AM are the frontrunners to take over for Kolisi. This is for the Boks team that will be sent to New Zealand. So, who is likely to lead the Boks against Australia at Loftus on 8 June 2023?

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Based on the list of names mentioned, Mbonambi could lead the Boks if he is handed a start.

The rest of the candidates are all expected to start against the All Blacks with Rassie sending 15 players to NZ.

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