The following article from News24:-
"Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus has confirmed that he will again include overseas-based players for the national team in 2019.
Erasmus told Netwerk24 on Tuesday that he has been in talks "with about 12" overseas-based players but stressed that the majority of his squad will be made up of local players.
In 2018, players like Faf de Klerk (Sale Sharks, England), Willie le Roux (Wasps, England) and Cheslin Kolbe (Toulouse, France) caught the eye in a Springbok jersey.
"Cheslin Kolbe is a classic example of a player whose name was mentioned nowhere and suddenly formed a part of the team. We're not going to announce who we've been in contact with, because if we do that them people will automatically think we're going to pick those players," Erasmus said.
"We've contacted those players just to make sure we have enough depth in every position. That's where Cheslin came into the picture - when (Makazole) Mapimpi and S’bu (Nkosi) got injured. Cheslin had enough experience.
"There are about 12 (overseas-based) guys I've had contact with. Let's say seven of them will not be part of the Bok group at all, but if we pick up injuries along the way then they can be called up."
Erasmus was in Bloemfontein in Tuesday where he paid the Cheetahs a visit, as part of his countrywide tour to collaborate ideas with all six of the country's franchises.
The Springboks will play five Tests before the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
They will play three Rugby Championship Tests - Australia (Johannesburg, July 20), New Zealand (Wellington, July 27) and Argentina (away at a yet to be determined venue, August 10).
The Boks will play an additional Test against Argentina in Pretoria (August 17), as well as a World Cup warm-up game against Japan in Saitama (September 6)."
So who could be the about 12 players Erasmus talked with could be, One has to assume that on the list may be the six players who played Springbok Rugby in 2018 already. In the list of 12 is potentially six players:-
* Le Roux
* De Klerk
Of the above I think that Le Roux, De Klerk and possibly Koch may be the only certainties on the list that could be amongst the five referred to in the article. With De Jager back and Snyman likely to be fit by April as well as Schickerling - SA has an over-supply of locks – assuming Du Toit is not in the picture as well and the Springbok loosie problems. I do not think that Mostert will be on the list as well.
We have indeed loosie problems. I watched Vermeulen on Saurday and he did not make a real impression at 8 – fact is that Augustus put in a better all-round performance than Vermeulen. Unless the situation improves in the real Super Rugby matches vermeulen would fade out in future, Louw has been so-so for the Springboks - not really a contender anymore.
On the wing and backup full back situation I think Kolbe is a very good attacking player – but with real problems in defence. He is just physically too small to be really competitive.
So who would be the six players not mentioned above:-
* DH van der Merwe
* Jacques du Plessis
* Pierre Schoeman
Jacques Du Plessis is playing at 8 for Montpellier and is doing very well. Coetzee can play at 6,7 and 8 - so a real option as well.
So my guess is the following is likely to be in the Springbok squad –ie the five players Erasmus referred to:-
* Willie le Roux
* Faf de Klerk
* DH van der Merwe
* Jacques du Plessis
The rest could feature – since the Springboks in fact require 3 scrummies - Reinach coud come in if either of the three contenders (De Klerk, Papier or Van Zyl) get injured, but Erasmus may look at Schreuder as a local option first.
Goosen may come into the picture if Pollard or Willemse get injured. Jantjies may be a third option - but he goes to pieces under pressure and his defence borders on the non-existent,
Van der Merwe is the hottest wing in NH rugby at present – he is one o the key reasons why Edinburgh is in the European Cup quarters for the first time since 1992 with a home game in the bargain as well. The other is Pierre Schoeman at no 1. Both are seriously hot players this year.