Who will Heyneke choose to be his No 9?

Ulster, Northern Ireland Height: 1.86m Weight: 92kg Age: 29 Test caps: 69 Test points: 130 (seven tries, 22 conversions, 17 penalties) Pluses Has become a key player for Ulster, is strong on the break, a reliable defender, and is experienced and versatile. A good backup goal kicker Minuses Has appeared sluggish around the field and his clearing of the ball is not quick enough. Heyneke Meyer has given him a number of chances, but he’s been largely anonymous and ineffectual

Toulouse, France Height: 1.75m Weight: 82kg Age: 28 Test caps: One Test points: 0 Pluses Nippy around the field and possesses arguably the fastest service of those in the frame, with an eye for the gap. Keeps opposition defenders guessing. Is quick to smell out a try-scoring opportunity. Has extensive Super Rugby and provincial experience, and earned his first cap on merit Minuses His kicking game needs work and his lack of bulk could make him a target for marauding loose forwards. The move to France has broken up his partnership with Morné Steyn. With Pierre Spies injured, he will have to strike up an understanding with No 8, Duane Vermeulen

Suntory Sungoliath, Japan Height: 1.82m Weight: 91kg Age: 31 Test caps: 63 Test points: 70 (14 tries) Pluses In his prime, considered to be the best scrum half in world rugby, has a great “feel” for the game, is a superb passer of the ball to either side, is an excellent tactical kicker and possesses lots of variations Minuses Been out of the mainstream for two years, did not have a good World Cup in 2011, there are questions over his ability to survive the physicality of test rugby and his Japanese commitments constantly take him out of the frame
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Free State Cheetahs Height: 1.74m Weight: 81kg Age: 23 Test caps: Two (both as a sub) Test points: 0 Pluses A superb Super Rugby season confirmed him as the best scrum half prospect in the country. He’s strong, fast and quick on the break, and is the only No 9 in the squad currently based in SA Minuses Is inexperienced and lacks the kicking game that is often required Injured: Francois Hougaard (Blue Bulls) On the fringes: Charl McLeod (Sharks), Shaun Venter (Pumas), Michael Bondesio (Golden Lions), Sarel Pretorius (Free State Cheetahs), Cobus Reinach (Sharks), Louis Schreuder (Western Province), Nic Groom (Western Province), Rory Kockott (Castres, France)

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