Lions flank Jaco Kriel is on the cover of the new SA Rugby magazine, on sale this week.
Few players have been as unlucky as Kriel when it comes to Springbok selection. Having gone on the Boks’ 2014 end-of-year tour without getting a game, he had an outstanding Super Rugby campaign for the Lions that many thought would result in a Test debut in 2015.
However, such is South Africa’s loose-forward depth that Kriel was overlooked again. The 26-year-old went on to lead the Lions to Currie Cup glory and was the only non-Bok to be nominated for the 2015 SA Player of the Year award.
Kriel has the opportunity to impress a new Bok coach this year and if he can maintain his red-hot form, or get even better as Warren Whiteley insists he will, a Test cap will surely come.
Also in the new issue of SA Rugby magazine:
– The Springbok head coach candidates and what the job will entail from 2016
– Heyneke Meyer’s four-year tenure as Bok coach promised much but ultimately delivered little
– Pat Lambie on why captaincy brings out the best in him
– Pieter-Steph du Toit will finally fulfil his dream of playing for the Stormers
– Rudy Paige on his breakthrough season with the Bulls and going to the World Cup
– The Kings’ financial crisis forced Saru to take charge of the Super Rugby franchise
– Who will fill Dan Carter’s boots for the All Blacks in 2016?
– Peter Grant’s rugby travels will end in Perth with the Force
– Francois Hougaard on adjusting to sevens and facing Sonny Bill Williams
– Johan Goosen has shone for Racing 92 this season after a frustrating start to his French stint
– Our Saffas in Europe XV based on players' form in December and January
– The Varsity Cup’s new point system could result in some spectacular tries
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