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No room for Monty?


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 29 May 2008 at 06:39
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Conrad Jantjes might start for the Springboks ahead of World Cup-winner Percy Montgomery in the first Test against Wales in 10 days time.

The new 30-man Springbok squad’s first training session on Wednesday revealed some clues as to which players Peter de Villiers could pick to start for the Boks in their first Test match under the new coach.

Phil Coetzer of Rugby 365 reports that South African Rugby Union (SARU) President Oregan Hoskins revealed the 30-man Bok squad earlier on Wednesday for the home Test matches against Wales and Italy, after which the Bok squad departed their hotel in Somerset West and headed out to Stellenbosch for an afternoon training session.

The squad of thirty were in good spirits despite the gloomy weather at the Danie Craven Stadium, and took to the practice session in relaxed mode under the watchful eyes of coach De Villiers, and assistant coaches Dick Muir and Gary Gold.

There will be much speculation over which fifteen players De Villiers will ultimately choose to start the first Springbok Test under his guidance.

With JP Pietersen and Johann Muller left out of the squad, the return of Pierre Spies to the fold, and various injuries to players like Fourie du Preez and Schalk Burger it is clear that the team will have a distinctly different flavour to the World Cup winners of 2007.

De Villiers had the forwards do line-out drills for much of the practice, as skipper John Smit and Bismarck du Plessis went through their routines with the jumpers.

It is hard to predict who De Villiers will choose in the front row, with BJ Botha, Gürthro Steenkamp, CJ van der Linde, Tendai Mtawarira and Brian Mujati all looking fit and sharp.

The same goes for the rest of the forward pack, where it is anyone’s guess. It is expected that the partnership of Botha and Matfield will continue in the second row, while Luke Watson, Juan Smith and Ryan Kankowski are a good bet for the back row.

But the backline drills revealed something interesting.

Backline coach Dick Muir chose to run backline drills with a Bok ‘A’ line of sorts, including most of the incumbent Bok backs such as Ricky Januarie, Butch James, Jean de Villiers, Francois Steyn and Bryan Habana.

The interesting part was that Conrad Jantjes featured heavily in the attacking drills, while Percy Montgomery formed part of the defensive line including Ruan Pienaar, Odwa Ndungane and Bolla Conradie.

Of course one can’t read too much into a practice session, but the exercise possibly suggested that Jantjes could be in the lead for the No.15 jersey, with Montgomery providing cover from the bench.

If Jantjes were to start against Wales, it would certainly raise some eyebrows, considering Montgomery’s great performances at the World Cup and his good form for club side Perpignan in France’s Top 14 over the past months.

It would also seriously reduce the goal-kicking options in the team – Montgomery has been a world-class exponent in that field for a few years now. James or Steyn would presumably take over goal-kicking duties.

At flyhalf, Butch James and Peter Grant were continually swapped in the attacking drills.

If Grant were to lift James from the pivot position, it would create a similar reaction, as James was also a stalwart in France last year. On top of that, James has been in fantastic nick with English side Bath, and he will also have the added benefit of having first hand experience of many of the Welsh players, who he would have encountered during Bath’s successful domestic and European season.

Fit-again Tonderai Chavhanga was another new face to take part in the attacking drills, and he must be a firm favourite to start on the wing.

One notable absentee from training was the hulking figure of Bakkies Botha.

“Bakkies has gone home for personal reasons,” Springbok communications manager Chris Hewitt told rugby365.com.

“But he is fit and ready to go, and will be rejoining the squad as soon as possible,” Hewitt added.

Springbok squad for Wales and Italy:

Backs: Gcobani Bobo, Tonderai Chavhanga, Bolla Conradie, Jean de Villiers, Peter Grant, Bryan Habana, Adrian Jacobs, Butch James, Conrad Jantjes, Ricky Januarie, Percy Montgomery, Odwa Ndungane, Ruan Pienaar, Francois Steyn.

Forwards: Andries Bekker, Bakkies Botha, BJ Botha, Bismarck du Plessis, Ryan Kankowski, Victor Matfield, Tendai Mtawarira, Brian Mujati, Danie Rossouw, John Smit (captain), Juan Smith, Pierre Spies, Gürthro Steenkamp, CJ van der Linde, Joe van Niekerk, Luke Watson



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  • Percy signs for Province
    Thu, 29 May 2008 00:09

    Veteran World Cup-winning fullback Percy Montgomery has signed a one-year contract with Western Province – returning ‘home’ after his travels took him to Newport in Wales and the Sharks in Durban.

    Montgomery, who was the leading goal-scorer at last year’s World Cup in France and is just a handful of games short of becoming the first South African to play in 100 Tests, is hardly likely to play for the WP Currie Cup side due the heavy Springbok schedule over the next four months.

    However, it is very likely that he was snapped up by the Newlands-based union to bolster the Stormers’ Super 14 campaign next year.

    Springbok coach Peter de Villiers will be relying on the fullback to keep the World Cup champions on a winning streak in the upcoming Tests.

    The former South African College Schools (SACS) schoolboy graduated through the junior ranks in Western Province before he made his debut for the ‘Streeptruie’ in 1996. One year later he was capped for the Boks against the British and Irish Lions in Durban as a centre.

    After a seven-year stint for Western Province and the Stormers, Montgomery left for Wales to play for Newport RFC and Newport Gwent Dragons until he returned to South Africa for a two-year stint with the Sharks.

    He was back in Europe at the end of last year, this time with French outfit Perpignan.

    WP spokesman Gavin Lewis has also confirmed the signing of former Cheetahs flyhalf Willem de Waal from French club Narbonne.

    De Waal, a prolific points scorer, will be a most welcome acquisition since WP’s first-choice flyhalf Peter Grant is likely to be with the Springboks in the next few months.

    As is the case with Montgomery, it will be a homecoming for De Waal, who represented WP at the Under-18 Craven Week in 1996 and also played for the Under-21 team in 1999.

    WP have also signed up Springbok AJ Venter from the Sharks.

    Venter, normally a loose forward can also double up as a lock, and his first game for his new province is likely to be against the Sharks next month.

    WP wing Sireli Naqelevuki has been released to represent his country, Fiji, in the Pacific Nations Cup next month.

    The Stormers’ Kiwi flyhalf Tony Brown has returned to play club rugby in Japan.

    The Springboks have made heavy demands on WP player resources as 10 players have been included in the latest national squad for the upcoming Tests against Wales and Italy.

    They are Andries Bekker, Gcobani Bobo, Tonderai Chavhanga, Bolla Conradie, Jean de Villiers, Peter Grant, Conrad Jantjes, Ricky Januarie, Brian Mujati and Luke Watson.

    New WP coach Allister Coetzee will also have to do without the services of four other players who have been chosen for the Emerging Springboks squad that will campaign in Romania next month.

    They are Isma-eel Dollie, Morgan Newman, Richard Lawson and Jacobie Adriaanse.

    Newman and Lawson were named in the WP side to play against the Border Bulldogs in East London on Saturday, but will join up with Chester Williams’ Emerging Boks instead.

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.05.08 06:46:43 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • seems dollie is not really rated by wp if they released him to play for the emerging boks.

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.05.08 07:46:04 by knersboy Reply
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  • How they can afford all the new okes… overlending on their Newland’s sale no doubt…

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.05.08 09:02:36 by bryce_in_oz Reply
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  • They’re probably sooper confident about the crowd turnout thanks to the good showing from s14. Hope they’re not spending before they’ve made anything, but I doubt it.

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.05.08 09:13:24 by molly Reply
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  • How can I join the SW Currie Cup Superbru? I’m keen to play in your pool this time.

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.05.08 09:15:29 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 5) : the pool code is ahoydata

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.05.08 09:21:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : sweet, thanks!

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.05.08 09:22:36 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 7) : have sent you an invite too

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.05.08 09:24:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : Shot, I have begged to join.

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.05.08 09:29:48 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 9) : ask and ye shall receive ;)

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.05.08 10:00:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) :

    Rob, may I receive?

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.05.08 11:17:30 by Superwors Reply

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  • @Superwors (Comment 11) : sure dude…

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.05.08 11:33:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob thanks for receiving me :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :smile:

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.05.08 11:36:39 by Reds Reply

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  • @Reds (Comment 13) : sounds awfully formal ;)

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.05.08 11:46:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @knersboy (Comment 2) : well, they just went and bought carthorse de Waal, didn’t they? Dollie needs to go somewhere else.

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.05.08 11:47:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • Cheers Rob!

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.05.08 12:28:43 by Superwors Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : I’ll have you know that De Waal has helped FS win a few currie cups. He may not be more than a currie cup player, but thats just fine cause its the currie cup he’s playing for.

    (I’m trying the determined/blinkered province supporter thing for a while, I’ll let you know how it goes)

  • Comment 17, posted at 29.05.08 12:28:50 by molly Reply
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  • But I do agree that Dollie is being stuffed around, next thing you know we’ll be trying to get Naas Olivier back.

  • Comment 18, posted at 29.05.08 12:31:00 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 17) : you should do that on RW… I hear it’s the new flavour of the month over there :)

    No – you are right. De Waal is a great Currie Cup player and Rassie knows how to use him best. A very astute purchase.

  • Comment 19, posted at 29.05.08 12:32:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • the thing is whenever he wants to leave they break their backs to get him back/to stay.
    he was going to go to the lions after his stint at the spears but wp cried crocodile tears to get him back,after which they just screwed him again.

  • Comment 20, posted at 29.05.08 12:37:09 by PJLD Reply
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  • The lions could really use him. They’re in desperate need of a flyhalf, unless they use Jody Rose there. I don’t remember that story.

  • Comment 21, posted at 29.05.08 12:44:03 by molly Reply
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  • We also screwed Brent Russell over too.

  • Comment 22, posted at 29.05.08 12:44:56 by molly Reply
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  • @PJLD (Comment 20) : maybe he enjoys it? ;)

  • Comment 23, posted at 29.05.08 12:55:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 22) : you weren’t alone in that ;)

    Brent was a lazy player – that’s the story I’ve heard.

  • Comment 24, posted at 29.05.08 12:56:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 24) : for real?damn

    and btw im not the captain of the dollie fan club but damn,dont screw a player over man,it not right.

  • Comment 25, posted at 29.05.08 13:03:13 by PJLD Reply
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  • And what’s up with the bleddie hyphen in his name? Does it mean anything?

  • Comment 26, posted at 29.05.08 13:17:44 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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  • Wonder if Percy will make 100 test caps. That would be something.

  • Comment 27, posted at 29.05.08 13:21:26 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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  • Righto peoples,the Brass Bell is calling,who am i not to answer.
    Enjoy the rest of the day suckers :grin:

  • Comment 28, posted at 29.05.08 13:22:23 by PJLD Reply
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  • So Wee Pee are signing all these players and what are we doing? Not much. We could do with a bit more depth in a few key positions. Another 6 flanker (7 in SA terms) and a lock. And maybe a wing!

  • Comment 29, posted at 29.05.08 14:00:39 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 29) : and a prayer

  • Comment 30, posted at 29.05.08 14:03:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • It is hard to predict who De Villiers will choose in the front row, with BJ Botha, Gürthro Steenkamp, CJ van der Linde, Tendai Mtawarira and Brian Mujati all looking fit and sharp.

    What a lot of crock!???! Only Tendai looks fit and sharp of that bunch….

  • Comment 31, posted at 29.05.08 17:38:17 by Hmmm Reply

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