Our side is an aging one so the obvious thing to do is to introduce the next generation of Boks to play with or learn from the incumbents by being introduced to the extended squad
What do we have
Fullback - Willie the incumbent. This year will tell whether Willie is still up to the task
Bubbling under is the very impressive Gelant along with other impressive options in Fassi and Willemse. If Willie is slightly off, Gelant has to be selected. In fact I’d go so far as to say Gelant is the better option right now ahead of Willie.
Wings - Mapimpi and Kolbe, with the younger Nkosi the backup.
Bubbling under we have Tambwe, Zas and Green - with Tambwe looking every bit a test wing
Centres - de Allende and Am, arguably the best centre pairing in the game. Jessie Kriel and Frans Steyn are the back ups. Frans Steyn is too old and slow and needs to go.
Esterhuizen has been in sublime form for Quins and simply has to be added to the squad. Jan Serfontein and JVR remain good options.
Bubbling under are Similane and Rickus Pretorious, who is looking more and more like a test player but I hear he is off to Japan unfortunately. Willemse is the other obvious inclusion as an option at 12 foremost and utility secondary
Flyhalf - Pollard the incumbent with Jantjies the back up. Goosen was on track to join the mix but injury got in the way.
Bubbling under are Libbok and Hendrikse
Scrum half - Faf the incumbent with Reinach and Jantjies the back ups
There are a number bubbling under - Hendrikse, vd Bergh, Papier, v Zyl, Williams and Nohamba
Loosehead - Kitshoff and Ox are the incumbents. Gerhard Steenkamp of the Bulls is bubbling under
Hooker - Marx and Mbonambi are the incumbents with Dweba the back up
Grobelaar is bubbling under
Tighthead - Malherbe and Nyakane are the incumbents with Wilco, Thomas and Koch the backups and I guess you could say Wilco and Thomas are bubbling under as is Sadie
Locks - Etzebeth and Lood are the incumbents with RG and Mostert the backups. Mostert was go.
Bubbling under are Jenkins, Ruben Schoeman, JD Schickerling, Ruben v Heerden and Moerat
Openside - Kolisi the incumbent with Kwagga the backup. v Staaden has featured
Bubbling under is the impressive Buthelezi
Blindside - PSDT the incumbent with no real option used as a backup other than Kwagga which was misplaced
Bubbling under are JL du Preez, Vincent Tshituka and Elrigh Louw
Eighth man - Vermeulen the incumbent. Much like Willie this year will determine if he still has it. He peaked at the WC and has been a shadow of himself ever since. Wiese is the back up
Bubbling under is the very very impressive Evan Roos, Elrigh Louw, Marcel Coetzee and Dan du Preez
As a minimum we need to see the introduction of Tambwe, the investment in Hendrikse at 9, the replacement of Mostert with Jason Jenkins, the replacement of Frans Steyn with Willemse and the introduction of Elrigh Louw, Tshituka, Buthelezi and in particular Evan Roos
A recall for Gelant is a must, along with Esterhuizen and the du Preez twins