Former Springbok captain Adriaan Strauss believes his successor in the No 2 jersey, Malcolm Marx, has a very bright international future ahead of him.
Strauss retired from international rugby at the end of 2016 – one of the worst seasons ever for the Boks who only won four of 12 Tests. However, he’s still been keeping an eye on the Boks in 2017.
Strauss feels Marx has really stepped up.
“Malcolm had a very good game (against New Zealand in Cape Town),” Strauss told the KweseESPN website. “But to be honest with you, I think he’s had a good couple of seasons. I think he’s an exceptional player, he’s very well built, he’s an intimidating player because of his size but he’s a hard worker as well. That’s what’s going to really set him apart.”
Strauss also says Marx will own the Springbok No 2 jersey over the next few years.
“He’s not going to be a one-hit wonder I believe. He’s got all the ingredients of an excellent rugby player – of a world, world, world class rugby player – and he’s a hard worker and I think that will really set him apart.”