Bekker backs Nortje for Boks



Andries Bekker believes Vodacom Bulls co-captain Ruan Nortje, among the many kids known as into the Springbok alignment camp, has the potential to turn out to be a Check common. DYLAN JACK experiences.

Nortje is one in all 12 Vodacom Bulls gamers who can be collaborating within the 43-man alignment camp, held over two days in Cape City within the first week of March.

The 25-year-old made his Check debut instead within the second Check of the July collection in opposition to Wales in 2022, which is his solely look for the Boks thus far.

Nonetheless, named as Bulls co-captain with Marcell Coetzee, Nortje has loved an influential URC season, together with his work-rate and command of the lineout key to their push for a top-four end.

Former Springbok lock Bekker, who has labored carefully with Nortje because the Bulls’ forwards coach, believes his prodigy can add many extra Check caps to his tally.

“I feel Ruan has had a implausible season thus far,” Bekker stated. “His damage set him again a bit of bit. When he’s match-fit, then he’ll start working. However he’s intelligent and he’s one in all our leaders.

“I hope he can play plenty of Exams for the Springboks.

“The one beauty of Ruan is that he’s very good. He understands the sport. His basic data is superb. Considered one of Ruan’s higher attributes is his management. He’s calm, good and clear which makes it easer for us.

“The factor I picked up early in pre-season was to work on his fundamentals, his lineout and leaping ability. He’s very good together with his decision-making and the way we plan the week. It was simply these finer expertise that we labored on. He’s not excellent, however he’s getting there.”

Bekker, who began his teaching profession in Japan after hanging up his boots in 2018, is impressed with the depth that the Vodacom Bulls have of their pack.

“Reinhardt Ludwig is likely one of the golden finds of the season thus far. He’s intelligent and he needs to maintain getting higher. I feel his workrate is one thing that makes him particular.

“For him, it’s simpler as a result of he’s studying from Ruan, who is likely one of the higher locks within the nation.

“They’re younger gamers. The opposite younger lock we’ve got is JF van Heerden, who is nineteen and hasn’t performed for us within the URC but.  The depth we’ve got at lock is superb.

“At free forwards we’ve got younger guys like Mpilo [Gumede] who need to work laborious and get higher. Then we’ve got skilled guys like Marcell and Wilco [Louw]. So it’s a younger squad however it’s thrilling to see how they need to enhance.”

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