Bok coach Heyneke Meyer believed while Jan Serfontein and Jean de Villiers are the incumbents, the best of the strongly build De Allende is yet to come, starting from the bench against Wales tomorrow.
“Damian is a very bright prospect and he was brilliant in Super Rugby, we got him involved an unfortunately he got injured just when he was selected,” said Meyer.
“But then upon his return we played him in two games to see what he could do. But he was still not at his best after being injured, so it’s been tough for him.”
The Bok coach said however, next year could see the explosion of De Allende.
“He is a great player, the only question mark is that he hasn’t played recently but I had a good one-on-one with him and I believe next year he will be brilliant and will push hard for the starting jersey,” he said.
“Because we lost the first game on tour it was difficult to rotate too many guys, although we’ve done it now, but I believe he is a great player.”
Meyer said it was the same with wing Lwazi Movo who hadn’t played for some time, but said some squad members had played a lot, like flank Marcel Coetzee and eighthman Duane Vermeulen.
“They are really struggling at the moment, so that’s why I said it will be a great character test, the same that we will face in the World Cup – so the guys have to come through.
“We also thought about starting Nizaam Carr but it’s still a Test match, still a quality side, every team we have played against on tour was tough and every time we have faced Wales it’s been tough, and every single away game is even more tough,” said Meyer.