The inclusion of Garth April in the Springbok squad will give a number of club players some hope of still reaching the top.
It was a brave call by coach Allister Coetzee and one that is sure to delight his countrymen.
Still playing club rugby for Durbell last year, April probably wouldn’t have imagined his meteoric rise in a million years.
But now that he has this magical opportunity to wear the Green and Gold, you can be sure he will grab it with both hands.
That’s the cool thing about the current change in South African rugby.
It seems like you can still break through the system, despite not currently being in it.
We saw Varsity Cup stars such as Oupa Mohoje making the Bok squad under Heyneke Meyer two years ago.
But it’s been some time since we last saw such a remarkable rise from the almost forgotten wilderness of the club scene as April’s.
Sure there are things that he still needs to work on to become the complete international flyhalf, but what Allister has done is give hope to the hardworking folk at club level.
And for that, as someone who truly appreciates the game at club level, I am personally really grateful for.
Now we just have to make sure that we boost some more “domestic” players and get them to the top.