Nine man, ouens



May 19, 2016
Nine man, ouens

STAR FULLBACK: Cheslin Kolbe. CREDIT: Sourced

Fleck rubbishes talk of Kolbe as Bok scrumhalf.

There is no need to turn Cheslin Kolbe into a scrumhalf in order for him to play international rugby.

He can play at that level in his regular position of fullback, according to Stormers head coach Robbie Fleck, who adds that he won’t be surprised if Kolbe gets a call-up from Bok mentor Allister Coetzee.

This comes after former Springbok coach Nick Mallett suggested last weekend that Kolbe should move to No.9 as his size might count against him while playing fullback at international level.

Fleck, however, says: “Right now his best position for us is at fullback. He’s the best fullback in the Stormers setup.

“I certainly believe he can [be an international fullback] – Allister [Coetzee] knows his potential and I wouldn’t be surprised if he calls him up to the Springbok setup.”

He adds: “He’s not too small.”

Kolbe will no doubt be tested this weekend when the Stormers travel to Loftus to face the Bulls.

And with the uncertainty surrounding the future of incumbent Springbok fullback Willie le Roux, who has been linked heavily with an overseas move, Kolbe might cash in on this.

And if he can build on his performance against the Sunwolves last weekend, Coetzee might have no choice but to reward the 22-year-old with his first Bok cap during Ireland’s tour next month.

But as good as Kolbe was during the match against the Sunwolves, lock Pieter-Steph du Toit simply stole the show with his performance.

Also banging on the selectors’ door for a place in the starting XV, with Eben Etzebeth and Lood de Jager being the preferred combination in 2016, Du Toit says: “I have my personal dreams and goals.

“I just have to work harder – if you want to be the best in the world, there has to be good competition.”

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