Would a Springbok team comprised of players based in South Africa be able to conquer a team made up of their overseas-based compatriots?
Jake White believes the Boks need to reverse their policy of picking overseas-based players to shore up and protect the integrity of SA teams in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship and Currie Cup.
But Mark Keohane is convinced the Springboks would never be the current world champions without their overseas-based superstars.
“A Springbok team, exclusive to South African-based players, would take regular beatings in Test rugby,” he wrote. “The Springboks leadership are blessed to have the option of picking so many quality overseas-based players.”
Keohane illustrated his point by naming two match-day squads on either side of the debate. Who do you think would win if these two hypothetical squads locked horns?
Have your say below!
Overseas XV – 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Jesse Kriel, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Trevor Nyakane.
Subs: 16 Joseph Dweba/Akker van der Merwe, 17 Coenie Oosthuizen, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Ruan Ackermann/Jean-Luc du Preez/Dan du Preez/Ryno Elstadt, 21 Cobus Reinarch, 22 Andre Esterhuizen, 23 Elton Jantjies/Tyrone Greene/Dillyn Leyds.
Local XV – 15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Sibusiso Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Cornal Hendricks, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Phendulani Buthelezi, 7 Elrich Louw, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Subs: 16 Johann Grobbelaar, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Ox Nche, 19 Ruan Nortje, 20 Evan Roos, 21 Jaden Hendrikse, 22 Frans Steyn, 23 Warrick Gelant.