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Are we confident in the Springboks' World Cup squad?

"People will have their doubts, but I'm still backing the squad," says Sky.

Kolisi fit to to lead Springboks in France, as injury rules out Pollard

South Africa's head coach Jacques Nienaber has made his much-awaited announcement regarding the squad for the upcoming Rugby World Cup. 

In a move showcasing his strategic brilliance, Nienaber has masterfully blended youthful vigour with seasoned experience, forming a squad poised to make waves on the world stage.

Read more: Sky takes a look at the potential Springbok World Cup squad

Nienaber's reputation as a meticulous strategist has been further solidified with his squad selection. 

The blend of young talents and seasoned veterans is a testament to his commitment to maintaining the winning tradition of the Springboks, while also injecting fresh energy and innovation into the team.

Ahead of the squad announcement, Sky Tshabalala made a bet with Darren Maule as to whether Makazole 'D-Rex' Mapimpi would be on the plane to France for the Rugby World Cup. 

Needless to say, Sky is a happy man.

According to coach Jacques, star players Handre Pollard and Lukhanyo Am have been ruled out of the 2023 Rugby World Cup. 

It's been the topic of controversy around rugby circles, both locally and internationally, as they were part of the 2019 winning team.

Read more: Springboks face 'very difficult' task picking squad

However, the rugby community is buzzing with excitement as Springbok captain Siya Kolisi makes a triumphant return to the squad. 

These unexpected twists have left fans and analysts alike in a state of both disappointment and anticipation.

Pollard is known for his precision kicking and on-field leadership, but he sustained a last-minute injury during a practice session that has dashed his hopes of participating in this year's Rugby World Cup. 

The Springboks' coaching staff expressed their regret over his absence, highlighting his immense contribution to the team's successes over the years. 

Similarly, Am's absence due to an injury has left a void in the team's backline, as his agility and strategic playmaking have been crucial to South Africa's gameplay.

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