Springbok head coach Rassie Erasmus handed starting debuts to Aphiwe Dyanti and Sbu Nkosi against England last June and gave debuts to the likes of Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe in his first year in charge of the Springboks.
However, following the Bulls' Super Rugby quarter-final 35-28 loss to the Hurricanes, Bok fans have backed speedster Cornal Hendricks to receive a test recall ahead of the Rugby Championships next month.
Before the start of this season, the 30-year-old who currently has 12 Test caps to his, had not played professional rugby since he represented the Cheetahs in 2015 when he received the news that he had a heart defect.
On the orders of medical professionals, Hendricks was forced to retire from rugby. He did not give up and continued to seek medical advice in the hope that he could return to rugby at the top level. Hendricks was close to joining Top 14 side Toulon in late 2016 but the French club opted against signing the Springbok with fears over his medical condition believed to be the main reason.
People forget how good Hendricks was before his illness. Showing signs of good form. Remarkable that he’s back playing— Jacques Burger (@Nabasboer) June 22, 2019
CORNAL for BOKSQUAD✌🏼💪🏼💥— Breyton Paulse (@BreytonPaulse) June 22, 2019
If Cornal Hendricks wasn't on the bok radar, he certainly is now!— Jared Wright (@jaredwright17) June 22, 2019
I wanted to tweet it earlier but I'm gonna tweet it now. Get Cornal Hendricks a ticket to the #RWC2019. Saru the ball is in your court— Leighton Koopman (@Leighton_K) June 22, 2019
Cornal Hendricks 🙆🏾♂️🔥— Sti Sithole (@stizzle101) June 22, 2019
Cornal Hendricks. Giving Rassie something to consider.— Don (@Blokesonacouch) June 22, 2019
Cornal Hendricks story is one that should be told to every single kid aspiring to be anything, in this country. Extraordinary human being. Should now be firmly in World Cup contention.— Jade Manasse (@Jade_Manasse) June 22, 2019
wow Cornal .. a true finisher. killer instinct. very few places in that bok team but he must be starting to atrract some atention..— Oom Rugby (@Oom_Rugby) June 22, 2019
Both of Hendricks' tries came from situations that he really shouldn't have scored from with spectators praising the winger:
Another fantastic Cornal Hendricks try courtesy of a kick-on-a-string by Pollard!— JAY J BOTES (@jayjbotes) June 22, 2019
HURRICANES (35-28) BULLS (66min)#HURvBUL #SuperRugby #QuarterFinals #ssrugby #rugby @SuperRugby pic.twitter.com/FV6s0oen0c
Proud of this brother @CornalHendricks..— Raymond Watts (@RaymondWatts13) June 22, 2019
Overcoming all the obstacles life has thrown his way. Climbing the ladder of success when so many people said it couldn't be done..
Blessed to be able to call an inspirational person like him a friend@BlueBullsRugby #BinneBuiteNeef pic.twitter.com/Y1zrx3tCuB
He is big AND elusive— JudgeRugby (@JudgeRugby) June 22, 2019
Incredible finish yet again @CornalHendricks