Springboks Lukhanyo Am

Springbok centre Lukhanyo Am has undergone knee surgery after leaving the national team’s camp in Australia. Photo: SA Rugby website

Lukhanyo Am backing Springboks to end losing streak Down Under

By their own admission, the Springboks haven’t had much success in Australia recently, but Lukhanyo Am is backing them to improve this year.

Springboks Lukhanyo Am

Springbok centre Lukhanyo Am has undergone knee surgery after leaving the national team’s camp in Australia. Photo: SA Rugby website

By their own admission, the Springboks haven’t had much success in Australia in recent years, but Lukhanyo Am is backing them to get the job done this year.

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After a hard-fought two-match battle against the All Blacks on home soil, the Springboks are heading Down Under for another Rugby Championship double-header, this time against the Wallabies, in Adelaide on 27 August and in Sydney a week later on 3 September.

For all their success in recent years, the Springboks have incredibly not won in Australia since 2013.

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However, red-hot midfielder Am believes they are in a good position to change that this time around.

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“I think going to Australia, it’ll be another exciting leg. We know how it has gone for us in Australia in the last couple of seasons. It’s going to be another opportunity for us to try getting a win since 2013,” said Am, who put on a masterclass in last Saturday’s losing effort at Ellis Park.

“With the side that we have, we have a quality team, we have shown it in the past and we have got experience.

“It’s another big one for us, we’ll regroup and see where we can improve. We’ll go to the drawing board and look at the stuff we feel like we can improve.”

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Lukhanyo Am’s exploits at Ellis Park last weekend had everyone singing his praises, but he feels the team as a whole is only just starting to gel, leading to more opportunities for everyone to shine.

Asked if he is playing the best rugby of his career, he replied: “Yes. You go in each game to give your best.

“I think as a team we have managed to get continuity and the majority of the team has been together since 2018. We are starting to get the rewards out of the style of play we are playing and combinations.”

Both the Springboks and Wallabies have named their squads ahead of the Tests.

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SPRINGBOKS

Props

Steven Kitshoff (Stormers)

Vincent Koch (Wasps)

Frans Malherbe (Stormers)

Ox Nche (Sharks)

Trevor Nyakane (Racing 92)

Hookers

Joseph Dweba (Stormers)

Malcolm Marx (Kubota Spears)

Locks

Eben Etzebeth (Sharks)

Lood de Jager (Wild Knights)

Salmaan Moerat (Stormers)

Loose forwards

Pieter-Steph du Toit (Toyota Verblitz)

Siya Kolisi (Sharks)

Elrigh Louw (Bulls)

Kwagga Smith (Shizuoka Blue Revs)

Jasper Wiese (Leicester Tigers)

Duane Vermeulen (Ulster)

Utility forwards

Deon Fourie (Stormers)

Franco Mostert (Honda Heat)

Scrumhalves

Faf de Klerk (Canon Eagles)

Jaden Hendrikse (Sharks)

Herschel Jantjies (Stormers)

Cobus Reinach (Montpellier)

Flyhalves

Elton Jantjies (NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes)

Handre Pollard (Leicester Tigers)

Midfielders

Lukhanyo Am (Sharks)

Damian de Allende (Wild Knights)

Andre Esterhuizen (Harlequins)

Outside backs

Makazole Mapimpi (Sharks)

Willie le Roux (Toyota Verblitz)

Canan Moodie (Bulls)

Warrick Gelant (Racing 92)

Utility Backs

Damian Willemse (Stormers)

Jesse Kriel (Canon Eagles)

Frans Steyn (Cheetahs)

WALLABIES

Allan Alaalatoa, Rory Arnold, Angus Bell, Jock Campbell, Pone Fa’amausili, Folau Fainga’a, Lalakai Foketi, Bernard Foley, Nick Frost, Langi Gleeson, Jake Gordon, Reece Hodge, Jed Holloway, Len Ikitau, Andrew Kellaway, Marika Koroibete, Rob Leota, Noah Lolesio, Lachlan Lonergan, Tate McDermott, Fraser McReight, Hunter Paisami, Jordan Petaia, Matt Philip, David Porecki, Pete Samu, Scott Sio, James Slipper, Darcy Swain, Taniela Tupou, Rob Valetini, Suliasi Vunivalu, Nic White, Harry Wilson, Tom Wright