Five fringe players who impressed for the Springboks against England

Warrick Gelant evades tackle from Henry Slade. Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Five fringe Springboks who went a long way to booking their ticket to next year's World Cup in Japan following their performances in the series victory over England.

Warrick Gelant

After a top Super Rugby campaign so far, Gelant may have felt some disappointment after only starting a Test in terrible weather in Cape Town.

However, the fullback responded well and delivered a superb performance in the rain and wind at Newlands. It showed that he isn't just a dry-weather player, as he was superb under the high ball, while he also created a try with an inch-perfect grubber kick.

Don't be surprised if coach Rassie Erasmus decides to give him a shot on the wing during the Rugby Championship, because of his ability under the high ball.

RG Snyman

South Africa have more than enough quality locks and there is going to be a massive bun fight to make the Springboks' squad for the World Cup next year.

Snyman needed a big series to ensure he stays in that game, especially with Eben Etzebeth returning to rugby this coming weekend, while Lood de Jager will be gunning hard for a spot next year when he comes back from injury.

Snyman responded with a few top performances, going for 80 minutes in the first game and playing a crucial role in the series win. He brought extra grunt to the Bok pack, and made crucial lineout steals.

Faf de Klerk

Erasmus has been looking for a scrumhalf to put his hand up going into the World Cup. De Klerk ended up putting both hands in the air with a match-winning display at Ellis Park.

The Sale Sharks scrumhalf was fantastic in the first two Tests, with his service and little opportunistic breaks around the fringes a constant threat for the English.

However, while his kicking has improved, it is still a part of his game that is not quite up to Test standard. He also didn't have the greatest game in the wet at Newlands, with a few loose passes, but he is certainly South Africa's top No 9.

Bongi Mbonambi

There was a concern that the Stormers hooker didn't have enough minutes under the belt going into the series to be a force against England. But he responded brilliantly with two high-class performances in Johannesburg and Bloemfontein.

Mbonambi's lineout throwing was on point, and his work around the park was simply outstanding. Made a top line break at the Free State Stadium, and was aggressive on defence.

Malcolm Marx is probably going to reclaim the Bok No 2 jersey in the Rugby Championship, but in Mbonambi the Boks have a player who can make an assured impact off the bench.

Thomas du Toit

Du Toit's transition from loosehead to tighthead has not been easy, as he struggled to get to grips with the position. But the Sharks man has turned into quite the impact player after coming off the bench in all three Tests.

Erasmus is looking for dynamic players in the No 3 jersey who can do more than just scrum. Du Toit has always been good around the park, but can now also hold his own on the right side of the scrum.

Coenie Oosthuizen and Trevor Nyekane are making their way back from injury, but Oosthuizen to did a good enough job to give Erasmus yet another selection headache.