Habana Springboks

Springbok legend Bryan Habana and Siya Kolisi. Image: SA Rugby

Combined team of best World Cup winning Springboks

The Springboks have won four World Cup titles. In a challenging exercise, we pick our best all-time team from these superstars.

Habana Springboks

Springbok legend Bryan Habana and Siya Kolisi. Image: SA Rugby

The Springboks effectively cemented their status as the best World Cup team in history when they clinched a record fourth title this year.

Of course, the success of the Springboks at World Cup tournaments began in 1995 under the leadership of Francois Pienaar, while John Smit led the side to the Webb Ellis Cup again in 2007.

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Then, under the captaincy of Siya Kolisi, the modern day Springboks won back to back titles in 2019 and 2023.

With all this in mind, we have taken a look at all these squads and picked an all-time great ‘combined’ Springboks side. Let the debate begin…

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What do you think of this combined Springboks team?

15 Percy Montgomery (2007), 14 Cheslin Kolbe (2019 and 2023), 13 Jaque Fourie (2007), 12 Francois Steyn (2007 and 2019), 11 Bryan Habana (2007), 10 Handré Pollard (2019 and 2023), 9 Fourie du Preez (2007), 8 Duane Vermeulen (2019 and 2023), 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit (2019 and 2023), 6 Siya Kolisi (2019 and 2023), 5 Victor Matfield (2007), 4 Eben Etzebeth (2019 and 2023), 3 Frans Malherbe (2019 and 2023), 2 Malcom Marx (2019 and 2023), 1 Beast Mtawarira (2019).

Bomb squad: 16 Bismarck du Plessis (2007), 17 Os du Randt (1995 & 2007), 18 Balie Swart (1995), 19 Bakkies Botha (2007), 20 Schalk Burger (2007), 21 Joost van der Westhuizen (1995), 22 Lukhanyo Am (2019 and 2023), 23 Andre Joubert (1995).

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