It’s been a long wait for Cheslin Kolbe fans to see their hero in action on South African soil, but is his return the most eagerly anticipated by Springbok supporters?
Kolbe is one of 18 Rugby World Cup 2019 winners included in the SA A team picked to host the British & Irish Lions at Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday.
The electric finisher will forever be remembered for wrong-footing England flyhalf Owen Farrell to score in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final.
The Boks have not played since (excluding a hit-out against Georgia in Pretoria two weeks ago) but Kolbe’s reputation as the world’s most exciting player has ballooned as he played an integral part in Toulouse’s march to Top 14 and European Champions Cup glory this season.
But perhaps this recent form makes Kolbe’s return less of a mystery than the relative unknown that is Jasper Wiese?
How will fellow rookie Joseph Dweba go against the Lions’ set piece, will Willie le Roux shrug off a misfiring season debut against Georgia, is Faf de Klerk’s engine running at 2019 rpm, and will Damian de Allende continue to boss the midfield?
As we inch towards what is sure to be a revealing showdown on Wednesday night, which player are you most excited to see back in action?