Honourable qualities — that of Adriaan Strauss.
Like few others in the recent past, Strauss knew exactly when to say enough is enough.
It has been a thorn in the flesh of South African sport in recent years that the stalwarts simply don’t know when to quit.
Having realised that he is perhaps not the best hooker in the country any more, national skipper Strauss decided to hang up his international boots at the end of the year.
Now you can only hope that his message has actually gotten through to coach Allister Coetzee.
Toetie, it’s out with the old and in with the new.
That’s probably the only thing that what will save Springbok rugby at the moment.
Coetzee’s experienced campaigners have not really pulled their weight for him.
And with Saru preferring the captain to be locally based, which I fully agree with, it’s also time for European-based duo Francois Louw and Duane Vermeulen to perhaps say au revoir to the Bok team.
The country needs a fresh start.
The Boks need a fresh start and Allister now needs to be brave.
At 28, I believe Warren Whiteley is the perfect candidate to lead the Boks.
He knows what it takes to win and is a natural born leader.
A captain has to have a winning mentality and come from a winning culture – only then will he truly rub off on the rest of the team.
The Boks can’t afford to have egos in their team and while I am a big believer of not selecting players that are based overseas, I do believe, however, there is one guy that has the ability to spark the Boks to life.
And that is Bismarck du Plessis.
We don’t have a fiery hooker like Du Plessis in the country at present and I can’t see anyone doubling up as an ace lineout thrower and a manhandling fetcher any time soon.
To impart his knowledge and approach to the game on the likes of Malcolm Marx and Bongi Mbonambi will only benefit the Boks in the future.
Call Bismarck back for a year or so.
It is being whispered that the likes of Juan de Jongh, Frans Malherbe, Handre Pollard, Oupa Mohoje and whoever else are also possibilities for the captain’s role.
But Coetzee shouldn’t be sentimental about making these decisions and should rather look at a player that will be the first choice in his position in years to come and one that comes from a franchise and coaching staff with a winning mentality.
Also it will have to be a player without an ego – someone that inspires his teammates and work well with them.
In my books there is only one player like that and that’s Whiteley.