Andre Esterhuizen Bok

Andre Esterhuizen. Photo: Archieves

Esterhuizen hears from Bok coach as national recall looms

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber has taken note of Andre Esterhuizen’s excellent form for English club Harlequins.

Andre Esterhuizen Bok

Andre Esterhuizen. Photo: Archieves

Esterhuizen was at the heart of Halrequins’ memorable comeback victory over Northampton Saints in the English Premiership at the end of 2021, while he followed that up with another Man of the Match performance in a memorable win over Gloucester at the start of 2022.

His sensational form seems unstoppable at the moment as he earned yet another Man of the Match award after scoring the decisive try in Quins’ next victory over Exeter Chiefs.

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Esterhuizen recently sat down with the studio panel of SuperSport’s First XV programme, and revealed that he had received some good news.

“I didn’t have any conversation with them for quite a while, I think, since the camps just before the British & Irish Lions series,” said Esterhuizen.

“Just after this last game, I got a message that he (Nienaber) is saying that I played well.

“It’s [great news]… There are a lot of teams overseas who want to keep their players, obviously, but they want you to get into international sides as well,” added Esterhuizen.

“I’ve gotten massive support from the coaching staff, and everyone tries to make everyone better, so we can all maybe get into an international side.

“It’s everyone’s dream to play for their country, and I’d love to for them again. Let’s wait and see.”

Esterhuizen reacts below:

Esterhuizen has consistently been in impressive form for his English club, and there are growing calls for him to be recalled to the Springboks in 2022.

The 27-year-old last played for the Springboks in 2019 (earning his eighth Test cap against Argentina), but missed out on World Cup selection, and has not really been in the national frame since then.

However, there is good reason to believe that Esterhuizen could soon be back in the Bok mix should he continue to perform at such a level for Harlequins.

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