It is expected that Toyota Cheetahs will have five players that will be joining the Springboks on their end-of-year tour to Europe.
That is if you include Lood de Jager who is officially a Bulls player as from 1 November 2016.
The flank, Oupa Mohoje, who was one of the Springboks few standout players in the recently concluded Rugby Championship is expected to have his spot secured in the team.
De Jager has been handed a one match ban for his yellow card against the All Blacks and will definitely miss the match against the Barbarians at Wembley in London.
Ox Nche, who has without a doubt been the Cheetahs star player his season is set to be heading to Europe next month as well.
Nches’ performances throughout the season in the Super Rugby as well as in the Currie Cup has seen the player quickly develop into a household name among South African rugby lovers.
He is also one of three players nominated for the Currie Cup Player of the Year award – the others being Nico Lee of the Cheetahs and Huw Jones of Western Province.
The 2016 SA Rugby Awards take place on Monday evening in Johannesburg.
The Cheetahs captain, Francois Venter, got his first taste of international rugby last year when he played for the Barbarians, and was the South African A vice-captain against the England Saxons earlier this year.
Venter has been knocking on the Springboks door since joining the Cheetahs from the Bulls and truly leads by example. He is finally set to get his shot at international rugby with a Bok on his chest.
The exciting winger, Sergeal Petersen, who scored a hat-trick of tries against the Golden Lions during their 55-17 drubbing of the defending champions will also be boarding the flight to London.
Had a couple of injuries not been in his way earlier this season, the player may very well have seen some action in the Rugby Championship.
The three players did take a trip to Johannesburg earlier this week in order to get their visas sorted out for Europe.
It must be stressed that the Springboks will be taking two squads over. One squad will be playing against the Barbarians, while the other will be playing in the Tests against England, Italy and Wales.
The Springbok squads for the end-of-year tour will be named on Saturday evening at 19:00.
5 November – Barbarians vs. Springboks, Wembley – 17:00.
12 November – England vs. Springboks, Twickenham – 16:30.
19 November – Italy vs. Springboks, Stadio Artemio Franchi – 16:00.
26 November – Wales vs. South Africa, Principality Stadium – 19:30. – MORGAN PIEK