Selecting sides for SA North vs South turf war

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With all the hype surrounding last Saturday’s epic North vs. South showdown in Wellington, Quintin van Jaarsveld selects South African sides to square off in a mouth-watering Mzansi turf war.

The Covid-19 pandemic has turned rugby on its head, especially in the Southern Hemisphere, where SANZAAR has had to adapt after Super Rugby was suspended after seven rounds.

They’ve duly improvised, with New Zealand and Australia hosting domestic Super Rugby competitions – a model SA Rugby looks likely to follow once return-to-play gets green-lit by Government. There’s been innovation as well in the form of a few experimental laws, and then there’s the kiwis taking a page out of pre-professional era times.

A throwback to the widely missed trials of old, last Saturday’s star-studded showdown served as a final opportunity for players to impress new All Blacks coach Ian Foster.

It was every bit the stunning showcase of skill and class it had shaped up to be – with Will Jordan scoring a last-gasp try to snatch a 38-35 win for the South – and has been the talk of the rugby world over the past couple of days.

What would the South African teams look like for a hypothetical Springbok trial? I’ve taken a stab at it, factoring in form, proven class and potential.

Click here for the teams.

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