Dai Young has urged new Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus to recall full back Willie le Roux and centre Juan de Jongh for the summer three test series with England after their outstanding form for Wasps in the Premiership this season.
Both players impressed in Wasps 30-15 win over Worcester which took the club closer to a play-off place and director of rugby Young revealed he had spoken to Erasmus about his Springbok players. He said: "I met with Rassie about both of them and put my point across. I wouldn't be surprised if they feature in the summer for South Africa.
"Willie has been excellent all season for us and is commanding in the air," Young said. "He spots great angles and hits space by scanning what is in front of him for opportunities and is playing well enough to put his hand up for a recall. I don't think he can do any more.
"Juan has been excellent and does all the small things really well and if you look at the great Wasps teams of the past, it is not always the big superstars who make the team click and his defence is outstanding."
South Africa have instigated a rule that means players outside the country can only be recalled for Springbok duty if they have won more than 30 caps but this is not set in stone. Le Roux has won 41 caps with his most recent coming against Italy in November 2016 while de Jongh has appeared 19 times for his country.
De Jongh's last test was against the All Blacks in October 2016 and was signed by Wasps to fill the void created by Kurtley Beale's decision to return to Australia in May last year.
Former Munster rugby director Erasmus, who played in 36 Tests for the Springboks, took over in March from Allister Coetzee who was sacked after a run of poor results last season.
Erasmus, 45, will combine coaching duties with his role as SA Rugby's director of rugby and has intimated that a number of the large contingent -- mainly in France -- of South African players operating in Europe could be recalled to help the Springboks in their test series with England who are on a three game losing run from the Six Nations.
Erasmus clarified his stance after taking over the role and said: "I believe some of the more experienced players from overseas clubs can still add value, but they must be utilised correctly.
"In a World Cup year, we can use players with fewer than 30 caps, so we will probably have to test those players at some stage before the tournament in Japan next year. We are working on some plans to manage just that, while we also can't neglect the players based in South Africa."