A while back, the LeftBacks took a look at who should never (never ever) captain the Boks once our fearless leader steps down, and while that did help us narrow our options (sort of) – the question still looms large. Who should be the next Springbok captain?
If your group of friends is anything like mine this is a conversation that comes up just about as often as who the better team is between WP or the Sharks. Not that that is a worthwhile debate. And having had it so many times, I can tell you with a fair degree of certainty that our options are limited.
That said though, there are a handful of options. Let’s take a closer look at 5 potential candidates.
5. Adriaan Strauss & 4. Bismarck Du Plessis
The tussle between the two Springbok hookers is closer than Bryce Lawrence and Australian rugby supporters and it’s anyone’s guess as to who is going to run out at number 2 on any given Saturday. Both are good scrummers, solid at lineout time and are mobile around the park and, while either would walk into any other team in the world, the Springboks have both on their roster and both are potential future captains. This is a challenge in that the coach would have to relegate the one to the bench for what could be 4 years and I question whether this is good for the team.
3. Schalk Burger
At 31 years young – to be euphemistic – the battle hardened Burger is seasoned. Despite a horror run of injuries over the course of 2012 and 2013 the Incredible Schalk played some great rugby during the 2014 season and could possibly have another World Cup left in him. Or perhaps that’s my inner optimist talking. Either way, it’ll be a crying shame if he hangs up his boots without ever having captained the Springboks.
2. Francois Louw
Flo is a strong candidate for the arm band indeed. He has the right amount of experience, he is old enough and as pretty much the only fetcher Heyneke Meyer likes, his spot in the team is secure. The biggest problem is that he’s based overseas. Could he be lured back to SA with a promise of being Bok captain? Hard to say but it could be worth a shot. I know that I’d love to see him contributing like this again.
1. Duane Vermeulen
I’ll admit it: I am the biggest Vermeulen fan in the country. He is, in my opinion, one of the best players in the world at the moment and is a strong candidate for the Bok captaincy. Similar to Flo, he is the right age, has the right level of experience and is probably one of the first names added to the team sheet. The only black mark for me is the fact that his leadership qualities are relatively untested. But then again, so were Graeme Smith’s when he was elected Protea captain at the age of 22 – Smith went on to silence his critics, becoming the most successful test captain of all time.
@Juan With Flo more than likely continuing to ply his trade in the the UK, my choice for the next Bok captain is Duane Vermeulen.
@Bruce I’m thinking Adriaan Strauss because that’s what I heard people saying while I was watching Tottenham play.
So there you have it, 5 potential Springbok captains. Which is your favourite? Let us know in the comments.