Springboks World Cup Bok centre Andre Esterhuizen

Andre Esterhuizen on the charge for the Springboks. Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Last chance: Five Springboks fighting for World Cup spots

The Springboks’ World Cup squad will soon be finalised. Here we take a look at five players who can still knock down the selection door.

Springboks World Cup Bok centre Andre Esterhuizen

Andre Esterhuizen on the charge for the Springboks. Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

This Saturday’s Test between the Springboks and Argentina will be a final chance to impress for several ‘fringe players’ looking to book a ticket to France.

As a reminder, the final Springbok World Cup squad will be announced on Tuesday, 8 August at a special event taking place from 2-4pm, and here we identify five players who really need a big performance in Buenos Aires.

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Canan Moodie

Could Moodie sneak into the World Cup squad? With his versatility, he certainly could. However, it may actually come down to a choice between him and veteran Makazole Mapimpi in terms of offering back up at wing, with Cheslin Kolbe and Kurt-Lee Arendse now seen as the first-choice options. With all this in mind, Moodie certainly needs to produce a standout showing on Saturday.

Andre Esterhuizen

The big centre produced his best performance in a Springbok jersey in the opening Test of the year against Australia. Another dominant display against Argentina this weekend would surely see him nail down a World Cup berth

Cobus Reinach

With so much competition at scrumhalf, there is no doubt that Reinach needs to put his best foot forward and prove that his experience and attacking strengths would be invaluable at the global showpiece.

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Deon Fourie

Fourie’s Springbok fairytale could include another remarkable chapter if the veteran forward earns World Cup selection. He will make his first Test start against Argentina, and if he make a noticeable impact, it will surely solidify his player/mentor role at the global showpiece.

Jean Kleyn

Would the Springboks really take a player to the World Cup after just two Tests for South Africa? It would seem to be a big gamble, but there is no doubt that Kleyn has something going for him with his ability to cover No 4 and No 5 lock. If he produces a calm and composed effort once again on Saturday, he could well book a spot among the Bok 33.

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How the Springboks and Argentina will line up

Springboks – 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Canan Moodie, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Franco Mostert, 6 Deon Fourie, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Bongi Mbonambi (c), 1 Trevor Nyakane.
Subs: 16 Joseph Dweba, 17 Gerhard Steenekamp, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Jean-Luc du Preez, 20 Evan Roos, 21 Herschel Jantjies, 22 Jesse Kriel, 23 Kurt-Lee Arendse.

Argentina – 15 Martin Bogado, 14 Emiliano Boffelli, 13 Lucio Cinti, 12 Santiago Chocobares, 11 Santiago Cordero, 10 Santiago Carreras, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Juan Martin Gonzalez, 7 Santiago Grondona, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Pedro Rubiolo, 3 Francisco Gomez Kodela, 2 Julian Montoya (c) 1 Thomas Gallo.
Subs: 16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Joel Sclavi, 18 Eduardo Bello, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Facundo Isa, 21 Lautaro Bazan Velez, 22 Tomas Albornoz, 23 Matias Moroni.

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The Springboks in a huddle. Photo: SA Rugby website