Springbok centre Andre Esterhuizen has again hit top form for his English Premiership club the Harlequins so far this season.
That has subsequently re-opened the dialogue pertaining to Esterhuizen and his future with the Springboks, one he has since given an update on.
Esterhuizen unlucky to miss out on World Cup squad selection.
Esterhuizen was believed to have narrowly missed out on the Springbok 2019 Rugby World Cup winning squad, and played like a man possessed for the Sharks in early 2020. After showing terrific form and promise in the curtailed Super Rugby season two years ago, the big burly number 12, decided to take his talents elsewhere, and beyond the borders of South Africa.
Upon joining the Harlequins Esterhuizen had not only picked up from where he left off with the Sharks, but also seemed to transform and develop his overall game and attributes as first centre to greater heights in England. After he had shown an evolution that saw him combine his natural bulldozing, physical play with the more technical aspects of the game to devastating effect, many a South African rugby supporter had expected to see him named in the Springboks British & Irish Lions series side.
Gives an update on his ‘Bok situation
However, Esterhuizen missed out of that squad, and the rest of the Springbok squads that followed. That meant that, you would still have to go as far back as 2019 to last see a game where the 27-year-old featured in green and gold. The combination of Damian de Allende, and Esterhuizen’s former Sharks centre partner Lukhanyo Am, is undoubtedly untouchable at the moment and the clear preference in the Bok set up. Now speaking after the Harlequins’ nail biting 20-17 league victory in a fixture against Gloucester Rugby, Esterhuizen gave an update on his current Springbok situation and just how much dialogue there has been between him and the new national team regime led by Jacques Nienaber.
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