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When It Rains, It Pours: South African Players Abroad XV

South African Players Abroad
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When it rains, it pours, and this weekend was an example as virtually every South African performed for their clubs. With us not selecting South African players that have been capped for other countries, it made things easier but there were some tough selections to be made.

There were a few games that need to be highlighted but the Stade Francais vs Toulouse game will go down as a great. A humdinger that saw the home side nearly sneak an unlikely win.

The #SaffasAbroad in France dominate my team and edge out a few Top Performers on Mud Island (UK & Ireland).One player who I feel deserves a special mention and did not make my side was Faf de Klerk, he has been in scintillating form for Sale and was instrumental in their win this week.

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  1. Heinke van der Merwe (Stade Francais)
  2. Bismarck du Plessis (Montpellier)
  3. Marcel van der Merwe (Toulon)
  4. Ettiene Oosthuizen (Lyon)
  5. Jandre Marais (Bordeaux)
  6. Arno Botha (London Irish)
  7. Willem Alberts (Stade Francais)
  8. Ruan Ackermann (Gloucester)
  9. Ruan Pienaar (Montpellier
  10. Pat Lambie (Racing 92)
  11. Cheslin Kolbe (Toulouse)
  12. Francois Steyn (Montpellier)
  13. Juan de Jongh (Wasps)
  14. Wandile Mjekevu (Toulouse)
  15. Zane Kirchner (Dragons)

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While most South African Super Rugby sides struggled this weekend, our stars abroad shone bright for their respective sides as you can see in the difference between our selections.

An all-Springbok front row starts up front for me, headed up by boxing Bismarck who once again got involved in an altercation, my locks are both former Sharks boys who put in brilliant performances but both ended the game on the losing side.

My back row is filled with hard hitters who made 44 tackles between them. My backs see the ageless Ruan Pienaar edge Faf de Klerk, with Pat Lambie at 10. Wandile Mjekevu and Juan du Jongh pair up in the midfield with Cheslin Kolbe, Duhan van der Merwe and Willie Roux forming a dangerous back three.

  1. Heinke van der Merwe (Stade Francais)
  2. Bismarck du Plessis (Montpellier)
  3. Jannie du Plessis (Montpellier)
  4. Steven Sykes (Oyonnax)
  5. Jandre Marias (Bordeaux)
  6. Arno Botha (London Irish)
  7. Willem Alberts (Stade Francias)
  8. Ruan Ackermann (Gloucester)
  9. Ruan Pienaar (Montpellier)
  10. Pat Lambie (Racing 92)
  11. Cheslin Kolbe (Toulouse)
  12. Wandile Mjekevu (Toulouse)
  13. Juan du Jongh (Wasps)
  14. Duhan van der Merwe (Edinburgh)
  15. Willie Le Roux (Wasps)

Agree with our picks? Or not? Let us know on Twitter at @thePunditsSA, @judgeRugby and @RugbyMadsa

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