It’s a gloomy Monday following the loss of the Springboks to the Wobblies in their 2011 Rugby World Cup quarter-final. As is typical of Springbok ‘fans’, abuse is being hurled at the coach, senior players and of course the ref as we attempt to assuage our grief.

I won’t speak much about the game. We played better than I thought we would, could not take our chances and lost by a very narrow margin to a better-ranked team. Sometimes you win the close ones. Sometimes you lose them. That’s test match rugby at the highest level.

We cannot change the past and instead must look to the future of SA rugby. To be honest, I’m incredibly excited – the future is BRIGHT! We have outstanding talent and enviable depth at our disposal – the only question is how we choose to manage that talent in future. That then becomes a conversation about who SARU will select to succeed coach P Divvy.

I am a big fan of Allister Coetzee, the man Jake White believed should have succeeded him. But Allister will need the support of international brains, as Jake White found in Eddie Jones, and local talismen too. The likes of Rassie Erasmus come to mind.

The legends of John Smit, Victor Matfield, Fourie Du Preez, Bryan Habana and co. have likely had their best opportunity to win another World Cup and if our intention is to achieve that in Japan in 2015 we need to say thank you to them and look forward. If it were up to me, and fitness were not a question, I would play the following 22 tomorrow:

1. Beast Mtawarira
2. Bismarck du Plessis
3. Jannie du Plessis
4. Josh Strauss
5. Andries Bekker
6. Heinrich Brussouw
7. Schalk Burger (c)
8. Willem Alberts
9. Francois Hougaard
10. Patrick Lambie
11. Lwazi Mvovo
12. Frans Steyn
13. Jacque Fourie
14. JP Pietersen
15. Gio Aplon

16. Chiliboy Ralapele
17. Gurthro Steenkamp
18. Danie Roussouw
19. Francois Louw
20. Ruan Pienaar
21. Juan de Villiers
22. Juan de Jongh

A mix of youthful talent and experienced campaigners, I think this 22 contains most of the names that, all things being equal, should take us to 2015 with a realistic chance of regaining our crown. That does depend heavily on SARU and the coaching staff they choose though, which as always should be entertaining to watch!

Regardless of what happens I remain a fan to the bitter (or sweet) end.