A round-up of what some of South Africa’s leading Sunday papers are saying, including an update on the Springbok squad to face the All Blacks in Wellington.
The headline rugby story in Rapport surrounds an update on the Springbok squads to face the Wallabies and the All Blacks in the opening two Tests of the Rugby Championship.
Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus confirmed over the last week that a 15-man team, to be named on Wednesday, will travel to New Zealand while the rest of the squad remains to prepare for the match against the Wallabies in Johannesburg next Saturday.
According to writer Hendrik Cronje, Lions flank Kwagga Smith is somewhat surprisingly among the 15 who will make the trip to Wellington. Smith, who is coming off an excellent season with the Lions, has made just one appearance for the Boks against Wales in Washington DC last year.
The report states that the 26-year-old will form the loose-trio combination with Duane Vermeulen and Pieter-Steph du Toit.
Staying with Rapport, the paper reckons Scotland international Josh Strauss could be set to return to South Africa in 2020.
Strauss, who played for the Lions before moving to the Glasgow Warriors, is out of favour at the Sale Sharks, and according to Cronje and Brenden Nel, has signed for the Vodacom Bulls for next year’s Vodacom Super Rugby season.
The Bulls have lost a host of loose forwards to overseas clubs including Hanro Liebenberg, Duane Vermeulen and Jannes Kirsten.