Who would you pick in Bok team?

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The tournament starts on September 18, with the Boks facing Japan in their opening match in Brighton a day later.

FORWARDS (17)

Props

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.

Hookers

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.

Locks

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.

Loose forwards

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.

BACKS (14)

Scrumhalf

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.

Flyhalf

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.

Centres

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.

Wings

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.

Fullback

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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