JOHANNESBURG – When Rynhardt Elstadt left the Stormers and Western Province to join Toulouse as a ‘medical joker’, he never gave the Springboks a thought.
He was 26 and not really in the national plans.
But roll on to July 2019, and the now 29-year-old is on the verge of making his Bok debut against Australia in the opening Rugby Championship Test of the year at Ellis Park on Saturday.
It’s been quite the turnaround for the aggressive lock-cum-flank.
“It’s a great honour to make the Bok squad,” he said yesterday when he was named in the 23-man squad.