Elton Jantjies Boks

Bok flyhalf Elton Jantjies. Photo: SA Rugby

Pollard out, Jantjies back for Boks?

With Handre Pollard in doubt for the Boks’ end-of-year tour, Elton Jantjies could return to the team to provide specialist flyhalf cover.

Elton Jantjies Boks

Bok flyhalf Elton Jantjies. Photo: SA Rugby

The Boks will soon head off to the northern hemisphere for an all-important end-of-year tour. The SA ‘A’ team will face Munster on Thursday, 10 November, and the Bristol Bears a week later on 17 November, while the Springboks will play Ireland on Saturday 5 November, France on 12 November, Italy on 19 November and England on 26 November on the tour.


Unfortunately for the Springboks, Handre Pollard is still under an injury cloud, while it remains to be seen whether Elton Jantjies will return to the squad after his latest alleged indiscretions.

What are the Boks’ options at flyhalf?

Damian Willemse

The talented youngster was ruled out of the Boks’ final Rugby Championship Test due to concussion, and his presence was certainly missed.

If Pollard is unavailable, Willemse will most likely continue in the No 10 jersey, but there is a possibility that the Bok coaches may also want to see him play one or two more high-pressure Tests at fullback.

There are limited options beyond Willemse at flyhalf, but some big decisions may have to be made if they’d like to also test him out once again at 15.

Elton Jantjies

When considering the dire shortage of options available to the Boks, there could be a temptation to bring Jantjies back into the team, although it’s unclear whether he will be given more time off to deal with the reports of an alleged affair.

Jantjies is one of the only experienced specialist Test flyhalves currently available to the Springboks, but he has battled for form this year, while he hasn’t been part of the Bok setup since being sent home early.

However, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Jantjies return to the squad for the end-of-year tour, and he certainly is in need of game-time if this is the case.


Frans Steyn

The veteran utility back started the Boks’ last Test at flyhalf – his first appearance in the No 10 jersey since all the way back in 2008 – but he was noticeably off the pace in that game.

The Springboks probably won’t want to take the risk of throwing a “newcomer” into the mix in the ‘big’ end-of-year Tests, and Steyn will most likely remain as one of the back-up options to Willemse.

Johan Goosen

In timely fashion, Goosen has just made a return to action for the Bulls, and he is almost certain to be part of the Springboks’ squad for the end-of-year tour.

The experienced flyhalf desperately needs some game-time for the Boks if he is to be considered a viable option for the World Cup next year.

Goosen could be a good utility option on the bench, but he will also certainly offer another back-up option in his preferred position of flyhalf.



In terms of newcomers, there could certainly also be a case for Manie Libbok, Chris Smith or Jordan Hendrikse to come into the wider squad. Indeed, there is a very good chance two or possibly even all three of these players could be part of the SA A group.

Let us know in the comments sections who you think the Boks should back at 10

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