The Springboks are said to be debating whether to start Warrick Gelant or keep Lukhanyo Am on the right wing for the clash against the Wallabies in Adelaide on Saturday.
In the first away game of the Boks’ three Rugby Championship Tests, the world champions will be without Cheslin Kolbe (broken jaw), Kurt-Lee Arendse (suspension) and Jesse Kriel (concussion), who alternated on the right wing. against Wales and the All Blacks.
According to an article in the Sunday newspaper ReportSpringbok coaches want to make “creative” team selections in matches against Australia and Argentina ahead of the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.
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In line with that thought, there is a temptation to continue with the backline combination that completed the test against the All Blacks at Ellis Park. It means that I am – who moved from outside the center to replace Kriel early on – would continue on the wing, while Damian Willemse and Damian de Allende would form a new midfield, with Willie le Roux at the back.
The other options available to fill in the Springbok No 14 rider are Gelant or Canan Moodie.
Gelant made his first Test appearance since the 2019 World Cup at the back against Wales in July but is no stranger to playing on the left or right wing.
Moodie, 19, who showed his abilities at wing and full-back in a strong debut season for the Vodacom Bulls, has been called up as Arendse’s replacement.
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