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Mal­colm Marx - Hooker

Club: Li­ons

DOB: 13/7/1994

Caps: 24

World Cup caps: 0 World Cup pts/tries: 0/0 Has proved a rev­e­la­tion since de­but­ing for the Spring­boks in 2016. Ow­ing to his power, strength and ath­leti­cism, he has be­come an in­dis­pens­able mem­ber of the Spring­bok side. Over and above his set­piece po­tency, he op­er­ates as a hy­brid hooker-cum­loose for­ward and is renowned for his turn-overs.

Eben Etze­beth - Lock

Club: Western Province DOB: 29/10/1991

Caps: 75

World Cup caps: 7 World Cup pts/tries: 5/1 The man-moun­tain has been plagued by in­jury of late, but his pedi­gree is un­de­ni­able. Etze­beth puts the grunt in the Spring­bok pack. He is an abra­sive force, a stel­lar per­former at set­piece play and a ma­raud­ing pres­ence. On form, there are few locks in the game who can match his power and work-rate.

Pi­eter-steph du Toit - Back five for­ward

Club: Western Province DOB: 20/8/1992

Caps: 46

World Cup caps: 4

World Cup pts/tries: 0/0 The 2018 SA Rugby Player of the Year be­came only the fifth player to win the award con­sec­u­tively since 1992. The versatile for­ward‚ who is equally com­fort­able at flanker and lock‚ has a ter­rific en­gine and undimmed work-ethic. Boasts a high tackle count, runs strongly and strate­gic think­ing is top notch.

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