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31 October 2013 in Sport

The November issue of SA Rugby magazine looks at why Bismarck du Plessis needs to be on the field for the Springboks. A talisman is defined as an object that has magical powers and brings good luck, which explains why Du Plessis has often been referred to as the Boks’ talisman. OK, his powers aren’t magical, but no other hooker in the world possesses them. That Eden Park red card aside (which shouldn’t have been given), Du Plessis has brought the Boks plenty of good luck, with the team winning 72% of the matches in which he has been involved.


The problem, as chief sports writer Jon Cardinelli says, is that a player of Du Plessis’ quality has started just 31 of his 54 Tests. Three of those substitute appearances came during the 2011 World Cup, when Bok coach Peter de Villiers opted to stick with John Smit despite the fact that the hooker was well past his best. And another five came this year as Du Plessis returned from a knee injury and found himself playing second fiddle to Adriaan Strauss.


However, Du Plessis started both matches against the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship and had regained his status as the Boks’ first-choice hooker by the end of the tournament. From now on, Du Plessis needs to start as many matches as possible for the Boks. He is simply too good to leave on the bench or to pull off the field when he is playing well, as was the case in the Rugby Championship title decider at Ellis Park.


Du Plessis is one of the Boks’ biggest weapons, and it’s time for him to cause maximum damage.


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