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Can the Boks Win It Again in 2023?

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The idea was sparked by a tweet on Saturday when a tweep calling himself Rágnár Ván Töndérsön asked: “Who in this Bok team will retire soon and who will replace them in the squad of 33?”

Answering his own question, he mentioned 34-year-old Tendai Mtawarira and Schalk Brits (38) who probably wouldn't be in France. But there are five others who will probably not make it either: Trevor Nyakane (30), Willie le Roux (30), Frans Steyn (32), Duane Vermuelen (33) and Francois Louw (34). But everyone else in the squad is under 30 and most are 28 or younger.

What this means, quite simply, is that the core of the squad could possibly be retained for the next Rugby World Cup, which is exactly how New Zealand was able to win two on the trot. Sure, a lot can happen between now and then – especially in South Africa, where shit happens frequently and with great vigour, but many of the building blocks already here:

Lood de Jager (26) Pieter-Steph du Toit (27) Eben Etzebeth (28) Steven Kitshoff (27) Vincent Koch (29) Siya Kolisi (28) Frans Malherbe (28) Malcolm Marx (25) Bongi Mbonambi (28) Franco Mostert (28) Thomas du Toit (24) Kwagga Smith (26) RG Snyman (24) Lukhanyo Am (25) Damian de Allende (27) Damian Willemse (21) Faf de Klerk (28) Warrick Gelant (24) Elton Jantjies (29) Herschel Jantjies (23) Cheslin Kolbe (26) Jesse Kriel (25) Makazole Mapimpi (29) S'busiso Nkosi (23) Handre Pollard (25) Cobus Reinach (29)



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