Luckanyo AM could be the next Springboks captain. We take a look at three reasons he could take over from Siya Kolisi.
In Kolisi’s absence, AM is one of the strongest candidates for the Bok Captaincy during the Rugby Championship.
Furthermore, he will be competing with the likes of Eben Etzebeth and Handre Pollard. However, he has a few key factors that could see him handed the Bok armband ahead of Etzebeth and Pollard just months out from the Rugby World Cup.
THREE REASONS AM COULD BE MADE SPRINGBOKS CAPTAIN
Lukhanyo Am celebrates with Springbok teammate after their World Cup title win. Photo: BBP.
1) AM HAS EXPERIENCED SUCCESS AS BOK CAPTAIN
Am captained the SA ‘A’ side to a famous victory over the British and Irish Lions. One may argue that this was not the Springboks. However, a look at the team sheet that day will change even the most avid Bok supporters perspective on this.
Jacques Nienaber opted for a nearly full strength side to give his side some much needed gametime ahead of the series. AM was made captain on that day and he flourished. So, he is more than capable of bringing the best out of the players around him.
2) HE HAS CAPTAINED SIYA KOLISI
AM is the only player who can say he captained Siya Kolisi. In fact, AM was Sharks captain when Kolisi came to the Sharks.
Meaning, he has worked closely with Kolisi and will have learnt a lot from our Bok captain. Furthermore, the experience of wearing the armband ahead of Kolisi will have worked wonders for AM’s confidence.
3) HE LEADS WITH HIS PERFORMANCES ON THE FIELD
Actions speak louder than words. If Nienaber and Rassie Erasmus select their captain based on form and influence then AM is prime for selection.
The Sharks outside centre has been one of the best players not just for the Boks but in world rugby for several years now. Moreover, he is a natural leader – excellent at decision-making. There aren’t many players better at making defensive reads or picking a gap. He is a senior member of this Bok squad and is one of the most influential players in SA Rugby.