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OPINION: Siya Masuku joins the growing list of quality fly-halves in South Africa rugby
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OPINION: Siya Masuku joins the growing list of quality fly-halves in South Africa rugby

It only took a handful of appearances for Siya Masuku to get South African rugby fans excited about what he could offer the Springboks in the future.

The 27-year-old has been the talk of the town in recent weeks, with his performances at number 10 for the Sharks playing a major role in the Durban outfit’s improved performance in all competitions.

There is little doubt that Masuku has played well and kicked brilliantly on goal – his performance from the kick-tee last weekend saw the Sharks qualify for the Challenge Cup final – and he is undoubtedly one to watch hold.

However, he is not new to the scene. Masuku played a bit of rugby for the Lions, Leopards and Kings before finding a home in Bloemfontein with the Cheetahs. He already showed a lot of promise then.

But joining the Sharks earlier this season appears to have done wonders for his play and confidence, and he is now in a large group of promising fly-halves who are all hoping to be part of the Springbok set-up in the coming years.

Flying half depth

Here you think of Sanele Nohamba and Jordan Hendrikse of the Lions, who will be a Sharks player in the coming months (but how he questions his move to Durban), possibly Chris Smith of the Bulls, and still Curwin Bosch, who perhaps third in line will soon be No. 10 in Durban.

Then there is Johan Goosen of the Bulls who has ambitions to play Test rugby again.

Sanele Nohamba of the Lions shone in the number 10 jersey. Photo: Gordon Arons/Gallo Images

However, all of these players will need to get ahead of Handre Pollard and Manie Libbok, who appear to be the Boks’ established number one and two, with Damian Willemse the third-choice flyhalf. Heck, even some of the World Cup-winning scrumhalves have been talked about in the past as possible flyhalf options in a pinch.

The good news is that South African rugby is blessed with some good number 10s at the moment, some established, others still emerging, and it will be interesting to see who coach Rassie Erasmus will include in his squads later this season choose – whether play now and in the coming years, or simply with an eye to the future and after the 2027 World Cup.