A World Cup-winning Springbok quintet have been recognised among the standout performers over the last calendar year of international rugby.
In the aftermath of the Springboks’ win over France, Faf de Klerk, Jesse Kriel and Pieter-Steph du Toit shared their thoughts on the upcoming World Cup semi-final with England.
Jesse Kriel expects an arm wrestle for the No 13 jumper, while Manie Libbok focuses on his goal-kicking in the buildup to a World Cup quarter-final between the Boks and France.
Rassie Erasmus is confident that Jesse Kriel won’t get cited for his tackle on Scotland No 8 Jack Dempsey in the World Cup clash on Sunday.
1995 World Cup hero Japie Mulder says in-form Jesse Kriel should be considered the Springboks’ first-choice at outside centre after scoring a brace against Wales.
Heyneke Meyer says the Springboks’ style doesn’t always suit Jesse Kriel at outside centre, but is delighted with the experienced campaigner’s performance against Wales.
Extolling his experience and defensive nous, SuperSport pundit Swys de Bruin has backed Jesse Kriel to fill the Springbok No 13 jersey of Lukhanyo Am at the World Cup.
Springbok centre Jesse Kriel showcased his physical prowess with a bone-crunching tackle on Argentina speedster Juan Imhoff in the 2022 Rugby Championship.
Jesse Kriel can’t wait for his first taste of Test action in 2023 as the veteran Springbok centre looks to make his mark before the final World Cup squad is announced.
Malcolm Marx was one of three Springboks to cross the chalk when he dotted down for his seventh try of the season in Japan’s League One over the weekend.