Warren Whiteley‚ the national captain before he became injured‚ and Malcolm Marx‚ one of the most influential hookers on the planet before he tore a hamstring‚ will walk into a very different Springbok set-up when they return in the Rugby Championships in August. Whiteley and Marx‚ having recovered from injury‚ are available for selection for the Golden Lions XV’s SuperSport Challenge clash against the Blue Bulls at Loftus this weekend. Both were Springbok first-choice selections when injury came knocking‚ but the winds of change have gusted with intent under new coach Rassie Erasmus. That does not mean Erasmus does not have the highest regard for the pair‚ but the old saying about being out of sight remains one of professional sport’s enduring truisms. Whiteley’s last Test was a year ago when the Boks clashed with France in Durban — and when groin-and abdominal-related injuries brought a halt to his season. The Boks had made a bright start to the season in the first two Tests‚ and ...

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