The Springbok door is not closed on veteran Stormers flanker Schalk Burger or fullback Cheslin Kolbe.
Currently battling with an ankle injury, Burger was not named in coach Allister Coetzee’s 31-man squad for the three-match series against Ireland next month.
At 33, fans would probably view Burger as a player who has reached his sell-by date, but that’s not the case, according to Toetie.
Coetzee says: “Look at how the Stormers have used Schalk Burger when his seniority was needed, he changed games when he came on.
“And that’s something we can’t wish away… one’s got to have common sense and manage it properly; you can’t discard experience at Test match level.”
Burger’s Cape teammate Cheslin Kolbe was another player who didn’t have his name read out by the Boks on Saturday because of Sevens commitments.
But Coetzee concedes that if Kolbe is available to play for the Boks, he would afford him the opportunity of doing so.
He adds: “Yes, I would select Cheslin Kolbe if he is available. I would even select Warrick Gelant if he becomes available. Those are two fullbacks that bring something different to the team environment – a way of play, broken play especially…”
Coetzee was put under the microscope because of his selection of two Stormers hookers Bongi Mbonambi and Scarra Ntubeni in favour of Lions stalwart Malcolm Marx.
And he explained his decision to select scrumhalf Nic Groom as follows: “He’s been performing consistently for a number of years.
“He’s grown, made good decisions over the years, learned good lessons – and he’s an experienced Super Rugby player.”