A little bit of a connundrum faces Heyneke Meyer as he may be forced to select Jean de Villiers’ replacement captain and centre a bit earlier than he would have hoped. De Villiers is currently nursing a tight hamstring, and may not be ready for the first test against Italy.
It wouldn’t be something that Meyer has not been thinking about. If he at all knows, like we all do, that Jean’s likelihood of captaining the Boks through the 2015 World Cup is very slim, due to his tendency to get injured pre and during the tournament as proven since 2003, he would have already identified his captain for the 2015 World Cup, or at least have some idea.
It seems to be a two horse race actually, and we once again might sit with what many people struggled to accept when John Smit was captain. A leader in the side ahead of the perceived better player. I won’t open the can of worms on John Smit vs Bismarck du Plessis again, but looking at the options available right now to Meyer, it seems to stir up a very similar brew as with the previous,legendary Bok skipper. Read the rest of this entry →