The battle for the Springboks  number 13 jersey is certainly brewing with Vodacom Bulls’ center Jesse Kriel, and Cell C Sharks midfield maestro Lukhanyo Am both putting their hands up for the upcoming 2019 Rugby World Cup.

The debate around whether there is enough space for both of them in the same team or not is also rife amongst South African rugby followers following a splendid Vodacom Super Rugby campaign and Test matches for the green and gold.

Kriel says that they have grown closer with Am as the season has gone and they are both feeding off each other as well.

The 25-year-old Kriel, who is returning from a two-month long ankle injury, says they both have enjoyed playing with and against each other this season.

He adds that he enjoys watching the combinations they have in the Sharks backline, which is orchestrated by Am.

The former Baby Boks star also congratulated the U20 side for their opening victory of the World Rugby Championships in Argentina. – Report by Thando Gqamane