Willie soon Bok full-back against Irish

Henry

It looks like the Springboks’ depth can be properly tested in the run-up to the new season.

The possibility is great that the 34-year-old Willie le Roux the Boks’ no. 15 jersey in the two Tests against Ireland.

It comes after Damian Willemse injured his finger ligaments in the Stormers’ United Rugby Championship game against Connacht. According to reports, he could be sidelined for up to four months.

The 26-year-old player was the Springboks’ preferred full-back in their successful World Cup campaign in France and he was in the starting team against the All Blacks at the Stade de France.

Le Roux is a Springbok veteran with 93 tests to his name, but he is currently one of the Bulls’ stars at Loftus Versfeld.

He impresses with his ball distribution and he is often the spark that ignites the Bulls’ three-point flame.

However, Rassie Erasmus can pull a rabbit out of the hat at any time with players like Cheslin Kolbe and Kurt-Lee Arendse who have played at full back in their careers.

Meanwhile, the Springboks are preparing for the season with 38 players invited to the alignment camp in Cape Town.

“With the first Test against Wales (on June 22 at Twickenham) around the corner, it’s great to have everyone together and ensure the players and coaches are on the same page; especially in terms of our approach to the season,” head coach Erasmus said.

However, players from the Sharks – who play in the final of the European Challenge Cup against Gloucester on Friday – are not part of the alignment camp plans.

The main course of the season is served early this year with the power play against Ireland. There are analysts who believe that the rivalry between the two rugby nations can almost be mentioned in the same breath as the Boks’ arm wrestling sessions with the All Blacks.

The psychological warfare has already begun with Andy Farrell (Ireland coach) who believes that the Boks are “100%” the best team on the world stage, while Gordon D’Arcy (former player) is concerned about the Irish’s physical readiness after the Six Nations series , PRC and Champions Cup.

Springbok’s first ten games of 2024:

22 June: Springboks v Wales (Twickenham)

6 July: Springboks v Ireland (Loftus Versfeld)

13 July: Springboks v Ireland (Kings Park)

20 July: Springboks v Portugal (Toyota Stadium)

10 August: Springboks v Australia (Suncorp Stadium)

August 17: Springboks v Australia (Optus Stadium)

31 August: Springboks v New Zealand (Ellis Park)

7 September: Springboks v New Zealand (DHL Stadium)

21 September: Springboks vs Argentina (Estadio Unico Madre de Ciudades)

28 September: Springboks vs Argentina (Mbombela Stadium).