The unlucky ones

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October 26, 2016
The unlucky ones

MADE THE CHOICES: Coetzee

Four stars will miss Boks’ tour of the UK

When the names were read out for the SA A team to play the England Saxons, the 27-year-old was called up to man the inside centre position next to Francois Venter.

But he has been slipping down the pecking order ever since and a lot of it has to do with the rise of his Lions teammate Rohan Janse van Rensburg, who has now received a call-up to the team that will play the Barbarians.

Mnisi was also replaced by Lukhanyo Am for the second match against the Saxons and will have to fight hard next year if he wishes to be in Coetzee’s plans for the future.

 

 

Leolon Zas

The Stormers and Western Province winger was used as a fullback against the Saxons earlier this year.

And now he has failed to make the cut for the squad against the Barbarians.

Zas, though, shouldn’t be disheartened at this as he will no doubt add value to the Springbok team in years to come.

Blessed with great pace, good hands and decent aerial skills and, at only 21, he was called up to the Western Province U21 squad for the finals of the Currie Cup – just to indicate how young this future superstar really is.

Garth April

Aprils’ star shone bright ever since he helped Durbell to the national club championship last year.

So much so that Coetzee decided to call him up to the national squad for the visit from Ireland at the start of the season.

But things didn’t quite work out the way the Sharks star would’ve wanted, as he disappeared off the radar in Durban with flyhalf Innocent Radebe and fullback Curwin Bosch now being seen as the next rising stars to come from the Banana Boys.

The April story was a good one for South Africans, but it looks like it might have been only a little window dressing.

At 25, it is highly unlikely that April will get another look-in at the national team.

Travis Ismaiel

The 24-year-old did nothing wrong throughout the Currie Cup and was also involved with the SA A team when they faced the England

Saxons earlier this year.

He did what was required of him in the domestic tournament, not only scoring three tries, but making three assists and also winning five turnovers in the process.

Unfortunately for Ismaiel, Sergeal Petersen proved to be unstoppable towards the latter end of the tournament and rightfully deserves his place in the squad.

Howard Mnisi

 

When he names were read out for the SA A team to play the England Saxons, the 27-year-old was called up to man the inside centre position next to Francois Venter.

But he has been slipping down the pecking order ever since and a lot of it has to do with the rise of his Lions teammate Rohan Janse van Rensburg, who has now received a call-up to the team that will play the Barbarians.

Mnisi was also replaced by Lukhanyo Am for the second match against the Saxons and will have to fight hard next year if he wishes to be in Coetzee’s plans for the future.

 

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