The Boks have this week unveiled their 34-man squad for the Australian stage of the Rugby Championship, without teams Conan Moody earning a call-up for his first tour with the senior national team.
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Moody, who was drafted into the team as a backup cover following a suspension handed to the wing Kurt-Lee Arendse for the dangerous tackle, will travel with the Springboks for the first time, providing cover on the wing and at full-back.
His presence also fills the void left behind Cheslin Kolbewho is on the road to recovery from a broken jaw that will only see him return for the final Test against Argentina.
Jesse Krill will also have to spend a period of rest and recovery from concussion, so the Boks will need to make another big challenge on the right flank when it comes to their next test.
With Kolbe injured and Arendse facing suspension, Warrick Gelant could be backed on the wing or young Moody could be another exciting option.
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Interestingly, coach Jacques Ninaber has named Moody as a possible replacement, and it could be an attractive opportunity for the Boks to back Moody against Australia or Argentina.
“We are also excited to see how Cannon settles in over the next few weeks and how he adapts to our structures and systems, and we believe he has the skills to replace Kurt-Lee and Cheslin,” commented the Boca coach. .
It is noteworthy that the “Boks” also support one cap Deon Fourier to provide cover for the prostitute, and Malcolm Marx and Joseph Dweba are other options on the front line.
Fourier could offer a great utility off the bench while the Boks are on tour, given that he can also play well in a loose three.
Meanwhile, Bulls coach Jake White has reiterated his belief that Conan Moody will play 100 Tests for South Africa.
“Kanan is one of the best players I have ever coached. He is only 19, but he is much more mature. He has everything. He’s actually the center, and that’s the irony of the whole thing. He plays at full-back and full-back, but he’s actually 13. Many great players like Maia Nonou and Jacques Foury started as wing-backs and full-backs and eventually became great centre-backs.
“He will do it … he will play 100 Tests for South Africa.”
Notably, Stormers star Evan Roos has not been included in the touring squad, while Kobus Reinach has recovered from injury and will add another option at scrum-half.
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BOXING TOURING DEPARTMENT:
Steven Kitschoff (DHL Stormers)
Vincent Koch (Wasps)
Frans Malerb (DHL Stormers)
Ox Nche (Cell C Sharks)
Trevor Nyakan (Racing 92)
Joseph Dweba (DHL Stormers)
Malcolm Marks (Kubota Spears)
Eben Etzebet (Cell C Sharks)
Lud de Jaeger (Wild Knights)
Salmaan Moerat (DHL Stormers)
Peter-Steph du Toit (Toyota Verblitz)
Sia Collisi (Cell C Sharks)
Elri Louw (Vodacom Bulls)
Quagga Smith (Shizuoka Blue Revs)
Jasper Wiese (Leicester Tigers)
Duane Vermeulen (Ulster)
Deon Fourie (DHL Stormers)
Franco Mostert (Honda Heat)
Faf de Klerk (Canon Eagles)
Jaden Hendricks (Cell C Sharks)
Herschel Yanties (DHL Stormers)
Cobus Reinach (Montpellier)
Elton Jantjis (NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes)
Handre Pollard (Leicester Tigers)
Lukhanyo Am (Cell C Sharks)
Damian de Allende (Savage Knights)
Andre Esterhuizen (Harlequins)
Makazole Mapimpi (Cell C Sharks)
Willy Le Roux (Toyota Verblitz)
Conan Moody (Vodacom Bulls)
Warwick Gelant (Racing 92)
Damian Willems (DHL Stormers)
Jesse Krill (Canon Eagles)
Frans Stein (Toyota Cheetahs)