Thinus Delport picks his best Springbok XV from the Tri-Nations and Rugby Championship era
By Sky Sports Rugby Union
Last Updated: 14/08/18 11:47am
The Boks are yet to win the Rugby Championship since its inception in 2012, but claimed three Tri-Nations titles in 1998, 2004 and 2009.
They've had some of the best players in the competition, including Joost van der Westhuizen, Os du Randt and Bryan Habana, but one of those players has failed to make Delport's all-time Championship XV.
While Du Randt and Habana are inclu
ded, Van der Westhuizen misses out in favour of Fourie du Preez, who partners Morne Steyn in the half-backs.
Delport has picked John Smit at tighthead prop, where the 2007 World Cup winner played against the Lions in 2009, and slotted Bismarck du Plessis in at hooker.
Percy Montgomery, who was an integral part of that 2007 World Cup, does not make the team; Andre Joubert - the 'Rolls Royce of full-backs' - included in the No 15 jersey.
Schalk Burger, Andre Venter and Duane Vermeulen form a formidable back row, with legendary second row pairing Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha both making it in.
Francois Steyn, who came to the rescue of the Boks as a 20-year-old in 2007 when Jean de Villiers was ruled out through injury, joins Jaque Fourie in the midfield, and JP Pietersen completes the back three with Habana and Joubert.
Thinus Delport's South Africa XV: 15 André Joubert, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Francois Steyn, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 1 Os du Randt, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 3 John Smit, 4 Bakkies Botha, 5 Victor Matfield, 6 Schalk Burger, 7 André Venter, 8 Duane Vermeulen.
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