And ultimately it’s that superior form that has earned him a Springbok recall as the third flyhalf alongside France-based duo Handre Pollard and Elton Jantjies. His inclusion, though, came at the expense of Sharks playmaker Curwin Bosch, who has been steadily improving.

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Commenting on the selection during Saturday’s online media conference, Nienaber said: ‘The big thing we were looking for there was consistency.

‘If you look at the most consistent flyhalf after Covid-19 in South Africa, it was probably Morne, not to take anything away from Curwin.’

The Bok boss though, had some comforting words for Bosch, who he believes still has a long and bright Test future ahead of him.

‘His [Bosch’s] X-factor is phenomenal and he can win games for you out of nothing,’ Nienaber said.

‘He’s only 23 and as he grows a little bit older and plays more big games – Currie Cup finals like he did this year – he will probably get more consistent.

‘I can see him playing a lot of Test matches for South Africa.’

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