Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has admitted that he has a “tough decision” with regards to who should don the Springbok number 10 jersey.
The two primary choices lie in Morne Steyn and Patrick Lambie, who are both part of the 39-man Springbok training group.
Morne Steyn has been considered to have found some momentum this season, with some strong performances with the Bulls; while Lambie has had a rather quiet stint so far, with the Sharks struggling in this year’s Super Rugby tournament.
“I always knew Morne was mentally tough and every player goes through a bad patch,” said Meyer.
“I don’t think he played badly last year, it was just his kicking that let him down and, unfortunately for a number 10, kicking is your main thing and you have to do it well.
“I still have a lot of confidence in Pat as well. He played really well during the end-of-year tour. Between him and Morne, I think we have two established 10s and I’m very happy with the two.”
Flyhalf will not only be Meyer’s only toss-up, as the Springbok coach needs to decide on who will fill the fullback position, as usual starter Zane Kirchner may be unavailable due to a finger injury.
“Most of the top contenders are injured, so there’s probably going to be a new back three against Italy, which is a quality side when it comes to kicking,” Meyer said.
“At this stage, there’s a slight chance Zane can be ready, but it depends how it goes in the next week. You just don’t want to throw a guy in that hasn’t played, so we’ll see how it goes.”
The two options at fullback Meyer is considering are said to be Gio Aplon and Willie le Roux.