The dynamic Lukhanyo Am has thrown his hat into the ring to lead the Springboks in the World Cup, should captain Siya Kolisi be sidelined.
A 2019 World Cup winner, Am has showcased exceptional skill and impact for the Boks and his leadership of the Sharks further bolsters his credentials.
With his ability as a player and astute on-field decision-maker, the 30-Test centre provides a compelling choice to step up and steer SA to glory if needed.
Speaking in a wide-ranging interview with Rapport, Am shared his thoughts on potentially leading the reigning world champions in France in September.
“I am only focused on the upcoming international season and my individual performances. I want to be as ready as I can be,” the 30-year-old said. “Currently I am focused on getting strong and regaining my form after my knee injury.
“However, the opportunity to captain the Boks will be great. Whoever is the captain, there is a lot of experience around him.
“My leadership style is about sharing responsibilities. I think I am very calm on the field and that can work to the team’s advantage at certain times in a game.”
Am was one of 15 players who last week attended the first of two Bok preparation camps in Durban in May, as the world champions launch into the 2023 international season.
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