DURBAN - With the Rugby Championship opener against Argentina taking place at Kings Park in Durban on Saturday (5.05pm kickoff), speculation on the Springbok team has been rife. How will coach Rassie Erasmus balance his loose trio? What about the centres? There are so many quality locks. And so the questions go on.
But one spot that needs to be considered is out on the wing. No doubt Lions speedster Aphiwe Dyantyi will occupy the No 11 jersey after his heroics against England. Erasmus was quite happy to throw the uncapped newbie into the deep end to begin with, and there's no reason not to. However, the other greenhorn who impressed, Sharks man Sbu Nkosi, is out through injury, leaving the coach to ponder who will replace him for the Rugby Championship.
What makes the decision even more interesting to debate is the fact that there are only two out-and-out wing options left in the squad. Essentially, it becomes a straight shootout between two more Durban-based flyers in veteran Lwazi Mvovo and try-scoring machine Makazole Mapimpi. The pair have a lot to offer the Boks, but in very different ways with their varying attributes.
Mvovo has been around the higher echelons of South African rugby for some time now, yet he still seems to be a bit of a sprightly youngster. Although at 32 he is a veteran of the game, especially for a wing, and has officially taken over Odwa Ndungane’s mantle of dependability and reliability at the Sharks.