Stormers and Western Province scrum-half Louis Schreuder insists he has no qualms about Heyneke Meyer's decision to turn to Fourie du Preez rather than blood youngsters.
Schreuder was called up to the national squad in June after a raft of injuries, but was not included in Meyer's squad for the upcoming Rugby Championship, with du Preez instead in line to win his first cap since the 2011 World Cup.
The 23-year-old Schreuder says that he has no hard feelings about du Preez's selection.
"I think firstly, Fourie du Preez is a class player and he's always been a class player. I know Heyneke's plans so I understand why he picked Fourie," he explained.
"I think Heyneke is a very good coach and for me it was a privilege to be part of the set-up," he added of his experience with the Springboks.
"I learned a lot and also gained some confidence. I know Heyneke has his ideas about a number nine and he has his own structures, but I'm just happy to have been given the chance and plan to work harder in the future."