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SA v NZ: Looking at the depth

With a proposal of a midweek match between the second-string teams of South Africa and New Zealand in 2022, now is a good time to look at what’s available.


Based on what we’ve seen the past two seasons, here are my suggestions for two teams to face off in this fixture – a great test of depth for both countries.

South Africa XV
15 Tyrone Green
14 Rosco Speckman
13 Wandisile Simelane
12 André Esterhuizen
11 Edwill van der Merwe
10 Henry Chamberlain
9 Jaden Hendrikse
8 Evan Roos
7 Phendulani Buthelezi
6 Elrich Louw
5 Salmaan Moerat
4 Jason Jenkins
3 Wilco Louw
2 Joseph Dweba
1 Sithembiso Sithole
16 Siyabonga Ntubeni
17 Simphiwe Matanzima
18 Neethling Fouché
19 Rynhardt Elstadt
20 Vincent Tshituka
21 Grant Williams
22 Jordan Hendrikse
23 Cornal Hendricks

New Zealand XV
15 Shaun Stevenson
14 Julian Savea
13 Peter Umaga-Jenson
12 Alex Nankivell
11 Caleb Clarke
10 Josh Ioane
9 Finlay Christie
8 Hoskins Sotutu
7 Du Plessis Kirifi
6 Tom Robinson
5 Tupou Vaa’i
4 Josh Lord
3 Oliver Jager
2 Samisoni Taukei’aho
1 Ethan de Groot
16 Kurt Ekland
17 George Bower
18 Daniel Lienert-Brown
19 James Blackwell
20 Cullen Grace
21 Bryn Hall
22 Leicester Fainga’anuku
23 Ruben Love


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