The tournament starts on September 18, with the Boks facing Japan in their opening match in Brighton a day later.
Tendai Mtawarira: The “Beast” brings a lot of experience and scrumming power to the Bok party.
Trevor Nyakane: The Bulls man is a great ball carrier, and can pack on either side of the scrum. Steven Kitshoff: “Rooi Gevaar” was the leading loosehead prop in Super Rugby this year. His scrumming was top class.
Jannie du Plessis: He may not be the most effective prop around the park, but if there was one guy you would pick to scrum for your life, it’s Dr Jannie.
Frans Malherbe: The Stormers tighthead is as solid as they come. He will be a great back-up for Du Plessis.
Vincent Koch: I believe the mauling he got in Durban was a once-off, because he destroyed every opponent he faced in Super Rugby. Can be a great impact player.
Bismarck du Plessis: Besides powerful scrumming and fierce charges, he is also a valuable asset at the breakdown.
Adrian Strauss: The former Cheetah had a rather quiet Super Rugby campaign, but he remains one of the best No 2s in the world.
Scarra Ntubeni: The Stormers hooker needs a chance. He would be a great asset in England because of his scrumming and high workrate.
Victor Matfield: He might be old, and loves to camp out on the wing, but the 38-year-old’s lineout prowess and leadership ability will be priceless.
Eben Etzebeth: With biceps the size of tree trunks, the Stormers man must set the tone with his physicality in the latter stages of the event.
Lood de Jager: After a few months out with injury, De Jager has made a terrific comeback to Test rugby. Can play No 4 and 5.
Pieter-Steph du Toit: Gets the nod because of his versatility, as he can cover lock and loose forward.
Duane Vermeulen: He can run, tackle, jump and compete for the ball at the breakdown. His leadership is invaluable.
Siya Kolisi: The Port Elizabeth-born flank is tough to stop with ball in hand and is a strong defender.
He can also play in the No 6 jersey.
Schalk Burger: The veteran loosie will play at his fourth World Cup. That experience is going to be vital in the dressing room.
Francois Louw: “Flo” has been the preferred fetcher for the Boks over the last few years, and he would also be familiar with the northern-hemisphere referees and conditions, as he plays for English club Bath.
Fourie du Preez: The veteran remains South Africa’s premier scrumhalf. The Boks need a tactical genius at the World Cup.
Rudy Paige: His service is crisp and his box kicking is also very good.
Francois Hougaard: The kid has got the X-factor and can change a match in the blink of an eye. He can also cover wing.
Patrick Lambie: The great all-rounder that can help the Boks lift the World Cup.
He has also showed that he can convert pressure penalties.
Handré Pollard: The former Paarl Gym pupil has a big boot and an ability to take the ball to the line.
Elton Jantjies: He takes the ball flat and brings his outside backs and loose forwards on to the advantage line.
Damian de Allende: He might look like a model, but De Allende mixes power and panache to great effect.
Jean de Villiers: Captain, my captain. For too long has the rugby gods conspired against him in a World Cup year. It’s time to break the curse!
Jesse Kriel: He is an explosive runner and a player with an eye for the tryline. He can also cover fullback.
Lionel Mapoe: The Lions man had a great Super Rugby campaign with the Lions.
He is strong with the ball in hand and can also cover wing.
Bryan Habana: Form is temporary but class is permanent. Habana is also the man for the big occasion.
Cornal Hendricks: The Wellington-born player has got lots of gas and is a supreme finisher.
Lwazi Mvovo: The Sharks man is one of the fastest players in the world, and a player with a knack of scoring spectacular tries.
Willie le Roux: Le Roux, at his best, is one of the most potent attacking weapons in the world.
He will add width to the Bok attack. – Cape Times
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