The Bulls fullback has been used sparingly by Erasmus this season, picking him to start against the Wallabies in the Rugby Championship opener nearly a full month ago now. He didn’t feature against the All Blacks or against Argentina last week - when a seemingly first-choice Bok team was on duty. The big question is, is there place in the final World Cup squad for two specialist fullbacks, with Willie le Roux being number one? Advantageous for Gelant is that he is comfortable on the wing, too, but then if the very versatile Frans Steyn is picked, there won’t be place for the former Junior Bok star.
The Stormers man has played more of a back-up role this year and only featured on the bench in the Test against Australia when a largely Bok second-string side ran out. But with regular Aphiwe Dyantyi in doubt of going to Japan because of injury, could there be a place in the squad for a fourth wing? Leyds’ speed and versatility could see him be a surprise inclusion if he has a blinder this weekend and any frontline man gets injured.