Fly half Faf? Bok faithful would be more than willing to help: ‘I would be comfortable’ | Sport

  • Faf de Klerk has raised his hand to help the Springboks should the depth in the flyhalf position reach crisis levels.
  • The little halfback has extensive experience as a pivot at the junior level and still occasionally doubles there at the senior level.
  • The playbook he has to manage at number 9 at Bok level means he wouldn’t look out of place at flyhalf either way.

Faf de Klerk has bullishly offered the Springboks his services as an actual flying half should the curse reach crisis levels in the position.

While the Elton Jantjies saga has rightly raised searching questions about the behavior and ethos of team management and players, a more immediate concern is the dangerous state of depth in the No. 10 jersey he has left behind by his departure.

With Jantjies’ international future uncertain and both Handre Pollard and Johan Goosen injured, any knock on Damian Willemse and Frans Steyn would be almost apocalyptic.

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And if that sounds melodramatic, remember that the Boks lost two front lines in one half of rugby.

Head coach Jacques Nienaber also noted that the team’s tight schedule to reach Durban from Buenos Aires early next week means drafting replacements would be extremely difficult, especially as none of the South African URC 10s were called up for this year. a national alignment camp.

Enter the little and nuggety De Klerk.

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“I played flyhalf a lot at school and also played regularly at Under-19 level there,” said the Boks’ tough halfback on Tuesday, ahead of the weekend’s encounter with Argentina.

“Once I got to the senior level it obviously became less frequent, but I was still playing for the Lions and Sale at age 10.

“I would definitely feel comfortable in such a role. Test rugby is of course another level, but if the team needs me to play there, I wouldn’t mind. It’s no problem at all.”

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“I should exercise more intensively, but when it comes down to it, I’m ready to give my best.”

At 1.72m and 80kg, De Klerk is not an imposing appearance on the field, but he is also not as small as Jantjies.

Given that many of his responsibilities at scrum half for the Boks mirror those of a fly half, he wouldn’t be out of place either way.

Would it also mean that his famous box kicks will also take a proverbial backseat, especially as South Africans show more willingness to diversify their attack?


15 Willie le Roux, 14 Canan Moodie, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Jaden Hendrikse, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Franco Mostert, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Lead de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff

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Substitutes: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Elrigh Louw, 20 Kwagga Smith, 21 Faf de Klerk, 22 Andre Esterhuizen, 23 Frans Steyn

“It’s definitely not parked, we’re just trying to make our game a little more unpredictable. It depends on the course of the game. Against Australia we had the territory under control really well and when we had a good field position we were prepared to make an effort.” on the line.

“That will also be important this weekend. We want that freedom to be more expressive, so we have to stay out of our own half.

“It also depends on what we see on the pitch and what the halfbacks and No. 15 see as the best option – should we run or should we kick? It all depends on the situation.”

Kick-off is at 9:10 PM.