Boks' Lood de Jager

There was one major blip in SA Rugby Player of the Year Lood de Jager’s season in 2015.

And that is the Springboks’ 35-27 defeat to Argentina in Durban roundabout 368 days ago.

Now the big guy is looking for revenge when the Boks kick off their Rugby Championship against the Pumas in Nelspruit next Saturday.

De Jager says: “We were really gutted and disappointed last year after that loss in Durban, it really hurt.

“Hopefully we can avenge that next weekend but we are going to take it game for game.

“Our first game will be Argentina and we must get that behind us before going to play them over there.

“We just want to win every game and take it week by week.”

Meanwhile, there will be a fierce battle for the Springboks fullback berth between Johan Goosen and Jesse Kriel, with mercurial Ruan Combrinck adding a bit more spice to the competition.

With long-time fullback Willie le Roux not making the cut in coach Allister Coetzee’s 31-man squad, the coach reveals that he will be choosing his next No.15 from those three utility backs.

Coetzee also made mention of the frailties the team suffered against Ireland with a string of left-footed kickers in the backline.

The halfback pairing of Faf de Klerk and Elton Jantjies are both left-footed, while Le Roux and wing Lwazi Mvovo also kick off the left foot.

As much as the Bok mentor has options between Goosen, Combrinck and Kriel, it seems as though his mind could already be made up on his No.15, Coetzee waxing lyrical about Goosen’s exploits for his French club Racing 92 this past season.

Toetie says: “I think [Goosen], [Combrinck] and [Kriel] give us options at the back.

“First and foremost, and the most important thing about our fullback is his positional play and assisting the back three. Goosen has been outstanding in Europe, not just from behind, but as a 13 and as a 10.

“I’m sure playing alongside Daniel Carter has also helped him a lot.”