No more debating society after every penalty, no pods of players conferring while the captain conducts a poll to make decisions. Seemingly sensible discussions with the ref. Harder to say if general tactics are coordinated through Vermeulen, but he is a tough no nonsense guy....my guess is if things go wrong he would intervene.
Against that backdrop Kolisi returns. A man who appears an uncertain leader, a sporadic player....who contributes when his running game trumps his flaccid defence and almost non existent contributions around the break down.
As the Boks have improved from no hopers to long shots this handicap becomes more painful. Kolisi is not a non contributor, he has swung a few games with strong ball carries. But Quagga is an even more talented runner and provides the out wide defence we need. Sure he isn't much in the rucks and mauls, but nor is Kolisi.
It would be nice if we could make these decisions on merit, could play just one world cup on merit. Which ironically looks like it would produce an all Black front row.