Juarno Augustus congratulated by his teammates. Image: Northampton Saints.

Ex-Springbok captain’s SURPRISE pick for No.8 role

Bobby Skinstad shares his picks for Springboks No.8 after Vermeulen’s retirement, highlighting key players like Juarno Augustus.


Juarno Augustus congratulated by his teammates. Image: Northampton Saints.

According to an article by Rugby365, former Springbok captain Bobby Skinstad has shared his thoughts on potential candidates to fill the No.8 role following Duane Vermeulen’s retirement.

Springboks Set to Begin Test Season

The Springboks are gearing up to start their Test season next month with a match against Wales at Twickenham, followed by a two-Test series against Ireland in July.

Since Vermeulen’s retirement after last year’s triumphant World Cup campaign in France, the No.8 position has been a hot topic among Springboks supporters and analysts.

The situation was further complicated last week when Jasper Wiese was handed a six-game suspension for foul play during his final game for Leicester Tigers.

This development has left the Springboks with a significant gap to fill in their squad.

Skinstad’s Favourites for Springbok No.8

Rassie Erasmus has a variety of options from the United Rugby Championship franchises to consider. Skinstad has expressed a particular interest in Northampton’s Juarno Augustus.

The 26-year-old has been a standout performer for the Saints since joining them from the Stormers in 2021. This season, Augustus was instrumental in helping the club top the Premiership standings and reach the Champions Cup semifinal against Leinster.

Augustus’ Stellar Performance

“He has been playing such fantastic rugby,” Skinstad said. “He has really been putting in the time and effort here. Although the limited live game time might influence perceptions, his performances speak volumes. He’s been an exceptional ball-carrier and outstanding defensively. He also excels in line-outs and brings valuable knowledge of Northern Hemisphere rugby, which could benefit the Springboks squad.”

Promising URC Players for the Springboks

Skinstad also spotlighted other URC players who could potentially wear the Bok No.8 jersey. “We have several loose forward options,” he noted.

“Phepsi Buthelezi’s impressive try in the Challenge Cup Final highlighted the talent we have among the Springboks.”

“Will Evan Roos evolve from a squad player to a permanent fixture? Could Phepsi become a regular pick for the Springboks?”

Rising Stars: Roos and Dayimani

“Several players are leading the stats. Evan Roos is notable for his carries, and many loose forwards, including Roos and Hacjivah Dayimani, excel in line-out steals and defenders beaten.”

“With Jasper’s suspension, Rassie and the coaches will be closely monitoring performances and stats. The current leaders in this space are likely to be considered for the Springboks.”

“Players from the Bulls also show promise in the basic game, but we might see someone break the mould for the Springboks.”

Skinstad’s insights provide a valuable perspective on the future of the Springboks’ No.8 position. As the team prepares for their upcoming Test season, the selection of a new No.8 will be crucial for maintaining their competitive edge.

The Springboks have a wealth of talent to choose from, and the decisions made by Erasmus and his coaching team will be closely watched by fans and analysts alike.