I am a huge admirer of the current Sprinbok team and feel something special could happen for this emerging team in the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Packed with world class players, the South African team are probably 4 or 5th favourites to lift the William Webb Ellis Trophy, but should they be taken more seriously.
The Boks have one playmaker which is truly world class and would walk into any All-Star team and in my opinion would be the best scrum half in the world at the moment and potentially for his generation. At the Japan Rugby World Cop, could the Springbok scrum half Faf De Klerk win it for South Africa?
Following in the footsteps of previous Bok scrum half legend, Joost Van Der Westhuizen, Faf is a quick footed, physically and mentally strong scrum half, who can pass the most delicate of passes whilst putting in crunching tackles about the front 5 within the next breath.
You can see when he plays that he loves his rugby, his team mates and plays with a smile on his face. When my son’s play that’s the one thing I share with them always, enjoy the match and play with a smile on your face, it will show in your performance.
You’ll also notice what a great rapport he has with any referee, smiling and joking when the man in charge. That relationship building is key, especially when matches are tight and quick decisions are made.
The Boks cannot be ruled out as potential RWC champions but they certainly could achieve great heights if Faf is left make his mark.