Bok midfield: Who would you recall?

During this time of lockdown, we ask you which of these Springbok centres you would most like to see back in the national set-up once the Test season begins?


Janse van Rensburg was once one of the most highly regarded centres in South African rugby, and probably deserved more Bok caps than just his solitary end-of-year Test debut against Wales back in 2016.

Van Rensburg was a key member of the in-form Lions side that reached three Vodacom Super Rugby finals, but injuries and a few personal battles served to derail his career to some degree.

Yet, the 25-year-old opted for a change of scenery, and has made a fresh start with English club the Sale Sharks, where he has shown signs of rediscovering his best form.

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The burly Sharks centre enjoyed a memorable 2018 season, featuring in six of his eight Springbok matches. Although he remained part of the Bok set-up last year, he was unable to crack the nod for the World Cup squad.

To his credit, the 26-year-old enjoyed a strong start to the 2020 season, and looked to be embracing a few finer elements to his play that dispelled the perception that he is primarily a battering ram.

Esterhuizen is set to join Harlequins ahead of the 2020-21 season, but there is every reason to believe his early-season performances for the Sharks kept him on the Springbok radar.


For some, Serfontein may be viewed as the ‘forgotten Springbok’. Some misfortune has left him in the international wilderness since 2017, but there can be no doubting his immense talent.

Still just 26 years old, he featured in 35 Tests between 2013 and 2017, and has been playing for Montpellier in France for the last couple of years.

With age still on his side, there is every chance he could force his way back into Springbok reckoning in the coming years.