Springboks squad

Hacjivah Dayimani. Image: Stormers

Springboks: Fans baffled by these three omissions!

Controversy surrounds the Springboks alignment camp. Find out which top players were overlooked and why their absence is causing a stir.

Springboks squad

Hacjivah Dayimani. Image: Stormers

The Springboks have kicked off their 2027 Rugby World Cup campaign with an initial alignment camp selection, and the 43-man squad is full of surprises.

While fans welcome some fresh faces, several notable players who seemed like shoo-ins have been left out, fueling intense debate among South African rugby supporters.

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Hacjivah Dayimani: Why The Wait Continues

Hacjivah Dayimani’s powerful style and consistent form as a loose forward had many expecting him to finally join the Springboks’ ranks.

His omission leaves fans puzzled – what will it take for Dayimani to earn the trust of coach Rassie Erasmus and gain that coveted national team selection?

David Kriel: Springboks Overlook Backline Utility

David Kriel’s ability to shine in multiple backline positions makes him a potential weapon for the Springboks. Despite his proven versatility, he wasn’t chosen, highlighting the immense depth and fierce competition for places within the Springboks squad.

However, with further development and consistent performances for the Bulls, Kriel remains a strong contender for the future.

Francke Horn: Springboks Future Awaits

Francke Horn, the Lions’ standout No. 8, faces a familiar obstacle: South Africa’s embarrassment of riches in the loose forward department. Yet, Horn’s potential is undeniable, and his time with the Springboks could still come.

Continued excellence at the domestic level will surely put him on Erasmus’ radar for future call-ups.

Springboks Camp Controversy

Erasmus’s choices for the Springboks alignment camp point to specific strategies and his vision for the long road to the next World Cup. The exclusion of key figures has ignited a conversation about who best fits the team’s direction.

Questions abound – are these deliberate oversights, or does Erasmus believe he can find players that better suit his desired style of play?