Springboks Pollard

South Africa’s Pieter-Steph du Toit (centre) celebrates with Handre Pollard (right). Photo: BackpagePix

REVEALED: South Africa, your new Springbok captain is …

The name of the Springboks’ new captain has been revealed following Rassie Erasmus’ team announcement on Tuesday.

Springboks Pollard

South Africa’s Pieter-Steph du Toit (centre) celebrates with Handre Pollard (right). Photo: BackpagePix

Rassie Erasmus has named the man who’ll take over from Siya Kolisi as Springboks captain in the team’s season opener against Wales at Twickenham on Saturday.

Erasmus announced his 23-man squad for the match against Wales, and while the four Test debutants — Jordan Hendrikse, Edwill van der Merwe, Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu and Ben-Jason Dixon — will undoubtedly hog the headlines, one other noticeable selection was that of Pieter-Steph du Toit as team captain.

With the Qatar Cup clash falling outside of the World Rugby Test window, Kolisi is not available for selection this week. Additionally, there’s also a cloud of certainty hanging over French-based Kolisi’s role as team leader in general, as Erasmus has admitted he’d prefer to have a locally-based player as captain.

Du Toit edged Eben Etzebeth in the race to the Springboks’ captain’s arm-band, despite the latter also earning a spot in the starting line-up.

RASSIE ERASMUS ON NEW SPRINGBOKS CAPTAIN

Commenting on the decision to hand Du Toit the captaincy, Erasmus said it was not only well deserved, but also personal for the player since the first and only time he led the team was against Wales in Washington in 2018 – a Test the Springboks lost 22-20.

“Pieter-Steph has been a key figure in our system for several years now and he’s a player who leads by example on the field,” said Erasmus. “We have a strong core of senior players in this group, and we had a few options for captain, but we feel Pieter-Steph will be the right man to lead the team this week.

“He has captained the Springboks only once before and that was against Wales in 2018, and after that result, we believe it will make this match even more personal for him. Over and above that, he has immense respect from his teammates and the coaches, and we know he will accept this responsibility with great pride.”

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Springboks team to face Wales Rassie Erasmus
The Springbok team to face Wales. Image: Supplied.