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45-man Bok squad to be named on May 17


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 7 May 2008 at 20:18

South African rugby coach Peter de Villiers said on Wednesday he is to name a national training squad of up to 45 players for the forthcoming international season.

Report courtesy News24.

De Villiers, who took over the reigns from World Cup winning coach Jake White in January this year, is expected to include Europe-based players John Smit (Clermont), Butch James (Bath) and Victor Matfield (Toulon) in the squad.

Smit, who led the Boks to glory at the World Cup in France last October, has already been handed the captaincy by De Villiers, while Matfield has recently confirmed he is heading back to the Bulls in Pretoria following his six-month contract with the French second division club.

With South Africa’s limited depth at flyhalf, James is certain to get a look-in, but there is unlikely to be a spot for veteran fullback Percy Montgomery, who is playing for Perpignan in France.

De Villiers will also have to consider whether the likes of injured flanker Schalk Burger of the Stormers as well as his wing teammate Tonderai Chavangha, also injured, will be ready for the first Test of the season.

The squad is likely to include the majority of the players who did duty during last October’s World Cup, but veteran prop Os du Randt and loose forward Bob Skinstad will be absent as both have retired from the game.

The 45-man squad will be named on Saturday May 17, following the Super 14 match between the Sharks and Chiefs in Durban.

The Springboks face Six Nations champions, Wales in a two-Test series in South Africa in June. The World Champions will also play Italy, who’re now coached by former Bok mentor Nick Mallett, before turning their attention to the Tri-Nations series.



18 Comments

  • Wonder if Frans Verstaan will make it

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.05.08 20:28:58 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • That’s my Birthday!!!!!!!!! So Steyn WILL be in. :wink:

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.05.08 21:12:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • As what? :-)

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.05.08 21:53:18 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • If Dick has any say in the matter it will be as a F^&*(n UTILITY back. :evil: :smile:

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.05.08 23:02:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • 9 more sleeps… I’m punting 5 won’t deserve to be there…

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.05.08 08:34:35 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • Frans will definitely be there.

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.05.08 08:43:31 by Nessa Reply

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  • i would say the biggest hurdle facing this squad will be to turn around the mindset on the rules.

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.05.08 11:06:15 by Sauce Reply
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  • I wonder who number 46 will be?

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.05.08 11:12:17 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • mindset on the rules? But we’re playing old rules…

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.05.08 11:15:11 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Most of them are dancing to the Jailhouse Rock in the S14 …so it might mess with their system when they have to adjust to the “old” tune…

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.05.08 11:30:34 by blackshark N.R.N.S! Reply

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  • rob @ 9 … did i miss a pun there? :oops:

    :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.05.08 11:32:26 by blackshark N.R.N.S! Reply

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  • BS – not an intentional one :)

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.05.08 11:39:13 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • I wonder who number 46 will be?

    Comment 8 of 12, posted at 08.05.08 11:12:17 by Dive Pass

    Mmmm…Fransie Steyn… :lol:

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.05.08 12:21:52 by Charlie Reply

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  • so will Adi make it? What’s the lowdown, Charlie?

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.05.08 12:26:08 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Rob,

    :roll: :roll: :roll:

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.05.08 12:44:16 by Charlie Reply

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  • seriaaas, Charlie ;)

  • Comment 16, posted at 08.05.08 12:54:17 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 08.05.08 13:10:11 by Charlie Reply

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  • :evil:

  • Comment 18, posted at 08.05.08 13:11:55 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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