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Why Kwagga could be bridging asset for 2021 Boks

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Kwagga Smith (Photo by Mark Tantrum/Getty Images)
Kwagga Smith (Photo by Mark Tantrum/Getty Images)

Any retention by the Springboks of a risk-involving 6-2 bench split between forwards and backs this year might play very favourably into the hands of loose forward dynamo Kwagga Smith.

Even though the former Johannesburg-based favourite wasn't part of it at the time, the formula worked a famous charm, of course, throughout the crucial knockout phase when South Africa won the World Cup in 2019.

In each of the red-letter tussles from quarter-final onward with, respectively, Japan, Wales, and England, then-Bok head coach Rassie Erasmus gambled on having only two backline players on the splinters – scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies and hugely versatile veteran Frans Steyn – as he sought a muscular "Bomb Squad" of half a dozen trusty pack replacements.

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