Springbok captaincy candidates Eben Etzebeth, Lukhanyo Am and Bongi Mbonambi image Oppo Kolisi

Three of the Sharks’ Springboks Eben Etzebeth, Lukhanyo Am and Bongi Mbonambi. Image: Via Oppo.

Springboks new captain: One of these two men

The Springboks will appoint a new captain to lead them out against Wales at Twickenham on Saturday, 22 June 2024. It will likely be one of these two men.

Springbok captaincy candidates Eben Etzebeth, Lukhanyo Am and Bongi Mbonambi image Oppo Kolisi

Three of the Sharks’ Springboks Eben Etzebeth, Lukhanyo Am and Bongi Mbonambi. Image: Via Oppo.

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi won’t be available for selection for SA’s opening test match. Therefore, another Bok will wear the arm band at Twickenham.

Rassie Erasmus will start his second tenure as Springbok coach with a new captain and several new players.

20+ Rugby World Cup-winning Springboks are not available due to injury, club commitments and an untimely suspension. However, when one door (or 20=) closes, several are opened. Therefore, many promising players will be given a chance to stake their claim for the green and gold jersey going forward. All this youthful potential must be lead by somebody who is experienced. One of these two men will likely lead out South Africa against Wales at Twickenham, on Saturday, 22 June.

NEW SPRINGBOK CAPTAIN: BONGI MBONAMBI OR EBEN ETZEBETH

Vice-captain, Handre Pollard is also unavailable. A look at Rassie’s recent 31-man Springboks training squad, brings us to the powerful Sharks duo of Bongi Mbonambi and Eben Etzebeth.

Both men are fit and available and have recently captained the Springboks. Furthermore, they are both in good form. Meaning, they are the two favourites for the Bok captaincy.

MBONAMBI – RECENT VICE-CAPTAIN

Mbonambi stepped up in the Rugby World Cup when Kolisi was subbed off. Moreover, he did so with aplomb. The Sharks hooker helped famously helped inspire his troops time-and-time again, when needed most. First, against a hostile French crowd in a decisive quarter-final. Then, when he took up the armband with his side 15-6 down against England. Essentially, he helped inspire one of the most famous and crucial comebacks in RWC history.

Famously, he can be heard saying “This is for South Africa” to Handre Pollard moments before his decisive match winning kick. He has all the makings of a great leader. He is a player who leads from the front. Consistently putting his body on the line and leading the defense with big hits. However, world-class Malcolm Mark is also hungry to return after his long-term injury. Interestingly, he was spotted at the recent training camp. So, he may be available and if he starts then Etzebeth will likely lead out this side.

ETZEBETH COULD LEAD SOUTH AFRICA AGAIN

Etzebeth is open to captaining the Springboks. In fact, he believes it would be a huge honour.

“It will always be the biggest honour in South African rugby to be captain of the Springboks but yeah, obviously not a big train smash if I’m not. There is some great candidates out there,” Etzebeth stated on RugbyPass.

However, he will still give his all on the field. Trustruing the processes of Rassie Erasmus and SA Rugby.

“If I get the opportunity it would be wonderful. If I don’t get the opportunity, also wonderful – as long as I am hopefully a part of the team. I know whoever is captain the other leaders in the team will support that guy,” he added.

Who should be the next Springbok captain? Bongi Mbonambi or Eben Etzebeth? Perhaps a wild card who has shown tremendous leadership in the URC. Let us know in the comments below.