Rassie Erasmus has handed Trevor Nyakane a big chance to prove that he should be the first-choice Springbok tighthead by giving him a start in Saturday’s Rugby Championship clash against Argentina in Salta.
Nyakane, along with Tendai Mtawarira and Bongi Mbonambi, have been rewarded for their impact in the second half of the 16-16 draw against the All Blacks in Wellington.
They replace Steven Kitshoff, Malcolm Marx and Frans Malherbe, and the vote of confidence from Erasmus could see Mtawarira, Mbonambi and Nyakane line up in the Rugby World Cup opener against the All Blacks in Yokohama on 21 September.
They will face another serious challenge from an Argentinian pack that will be desperate to prove a point after a disappointing defeat to the Wallabies in Brisbane.
“This Test is a good opportunity for Bongi and Trevor to start next to ‘Beast’, who has a wealth of experience from playing more than 100 Tests for the Springboks,” Erasmus said on Wednesday.