JOHANNESBURG – The 2019 Rugby World Cup kicks off in five days’ time and on Saturday the Springboks open their challenge with a match against the defending champions, the All Blacks.
Over the course of the next few weeks a number of players will become household names and here we identify five Bok World Cup rookies who could become world stars.
The now 25-year-old made his debut for Western Province in 2013 and showed plenty of attacking ability, but was never really considered to be of Test quality. He was on the fringes of national selection, but after being overlooked opted to continue his career with Toulouse in France.
After ripping defences to pieces there it came as no surprise when he was called up last year by coach Rassie Erasmus. While maybe not a first choice option immediately he quickly became a Bok star, by scoring tries, hassling defences with his pace and quick feet and tackling men twice his size.