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Bok coach reveals 4-year plan


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 6 Jun 2008 at 08:44

Peter de Villiers is working on a 4-year plan, but the main reason why Victor Matfield and Percy Montgomery are on the bench is because of their late arrival.

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has taken the first steps of what he sees as a four-year process.

Pieter Jordaan writes in Volksblad that, that is why the South African run-on team to play Wales here on Saturday shows ten changes from the starting line-up for the rugby World Cup final in France last year.

But De Villiers says Percy Montgomery and Victor Matfield will be on the bench because of their late arrival at last week’s training camp in Cape Town.

The new national coach said on Thursday his four-year plan had much to do with the number of changes he had made to the team that beat England in the World Cup final.

He added, however, “The reason for Percy and Victor not being in the starting line-up is that they joined the training squad a little late.

“I know you’re going to ask about John Smit, who also joined us late. But Victor has played a bigger role from outside the team than he may have done from within the team.

“It was a difficult decision but at some point one has to start thinking about the four years ahead,” De Villiers said.

Time to come and a time to go

“There is a saying: “There’s a time to come and a time to go.” To some people the time to go may be earlier than they thought while, for others, the time to come may be some time away.”

De Villiers said he and Smit, the captain, and the assistant coaches had spoken to Matfield and Montgomery about the reasons for their omission from the run-on team before the names were announced.

The two World Cup stars were satisfied with the roles assigned to them, he said.

Versatile Francois Steyn did not make the final 22 but his equally versatile Sharks team-mate Ruan Pienaar was included as a substitute after scrumhalf Ricky Januarie had been dropped for disciplinary reasons and Bolla Conradie was installed at No 9.

Lock Andries Bekker and prop forward Brian Mujati are the only uncapped players in the squad.

Bekker, son of former Springbok lock Hennie Bekker, will become the tallest South African Test player in history. Standing 2.08m-tall, he will break the record held by 2.04m-tall Johnny Trytsman and Niel Hugo.

Prop forward Mujati and wing Tonderai Chavhanga were both born in Zimbabwe. Mujati’s inclusion means that CJ van der Linde will also be on the bench.

Adrian Jacobs, who last played Test rugby in 2005, has also been included in the starting line-up.

The team:
Conrad Jantjes, Tonderai Chavanga, Adrian Jacobs, Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana, Butch James, Bolla Conradie, Pierre Spies, Juan Smith, Luke Watson, Andries Bekker, Bakkies Botha, Brian Mujati, John Smit (capt), Gurthrö Steenkamp.
Substitutes: Bismarck du Plessis, CJ van der Linde, Victor Matfield, Danie Rossouw, Ruan Pienaar, Peter Grant, Percy Montgomery.



45 Comments

  • Ruan Pienaar was included as a substitute after scrumhalf Ricky Januarie had been dropped for disciplinary reasons and Bolla Conradie was installed at No 9.

    I really can’t believe he had Bolla in ahead of RP to start with. If he wanted a specialist 9 on the bench then it should have been Vermaak or Kockott.

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.06.08 09:16:45 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Bekker, son of former Springbok lock Hennie Bekker, will become the tallest South African Test player in history

    :shock:

    i would never have thought that.

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.06.08 09:18:26 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Can’t think of anyone taller than him in test Rugga at the moment although I know the Welsh locks are tall… the Saffa one is 203cm and the other taller I think…

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.06.08 09:44:00 by bryce_in_oz Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : he’s 2.08! You know how tall that is? I reckon he’s five centimetres taller than anyone else who’s ever played for the Boks.

    In fact, I can’t think of anyone else over 2m, other than Albert.

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.06.08 11:04:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • ok, Bakkies is apparently also 2.01m

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.06.08 11:05:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • Adolf Malan, 2.04m… wouldn’t have thought it

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.06.08 11:06:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • His old man Hennie was also 2.01m

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.06.08 11:07:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • Some scottish lock was 2.13m :shock:

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.06.08 11:09:19 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 8) : really? Bliksem.

    I know a guy who’s about that tall. It’s basically impossible for him to do anything normal

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.06.08 11:12:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 8) : He should’ve joined the NBA

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.06.08 11:14:04 by blackshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) :

    I’d say!!! :shock:

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.06.08 11:14:51 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • I walked past Bekker when the Stormers team pitched up for the match against the Lions at EPS the other day, and I must say, felt a bit like a VERY SHORT person…

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.06.08 11:15:27 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 12) :

    Walter – I walk pass any player even a hooker or scrummy and feel like a very short person!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.06.08 11:16:25 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • When I grow up, I can like to be 2.13m

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.06.08 11:17:09 by Bok-El Reply

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  • @I’ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 13) :
    Even Januarie looks tall next to you :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.06.08 11:18:08 by Bok-El Reply

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  • How tall was Mark Andrews?

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.06.08 11:20:45 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @Bok-El (Comment 15) :

    :twisted: :twisted: I am not THAT short…1.57m.. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.06.08 11:21:33 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 16) :

    2.00 according to my records

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.06.08 11:24:37 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @I’ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 17) :

    Ice – you and I together MAY make 2m?

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.06.08 11:26:35 by Nessa Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 18) : 2.01 according to Falcons :mrgreen:

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.06.08 11:27:20 by blackshark Reply

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  • Ricky is 1.68…that makes him one of the shortest modern era Boks, I don’t have any one shorter on record

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.06.08 11:28:08 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @Nessa (Comment 19) :

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Yeah !! But we KNOW we are dynamite…no need to be tall for that! :wink:

  • Comment 22, posted at 06.06.08 11:28:33 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • At 2.57 metres (8 ft 5.5 in), Leonid Stadnyk is the world’s tallest living man and is from Ukraine. The tallest man in modern history was Robert Pershing Wadlow from Alton, Illinois, who was born in 1918 and stood 8 ft 11.1 inches (2.72 m) at the time of his death in 1940.

    In rugby union, lineout jumpers, generally locks, are usually the tallest players on the pitch, as this increases their chance of winning clean ball, whereas scrum-halves are usually relatively short. As examples, current world-class locks Victor Matfield, Chris Jack, and Paul O’Connell are all at least 6’6″/1.98 m, and Simon Shaw even gets up to roughly 6’9″, while the sport’s all-time leader in international appearances, scrum-half George Gregan, is 5’8″/1.73m. Currently the tallest professional players are Devin Toner and Andries Bekker, who are both 6’10″. The tallest man ever to have played was 7’0″ tall Richard Metcalfe.

  • Comment 23, posted at 06.06.08 11:30:25 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @I’ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 17) :
    Exactly, Ricky is 1.68m – a whole 11cm

  • Comment 24, posted at 06.06.08 11:30:32 by Bok-El Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 23) :

    I remember Robert du Preez – he was quite tall for a scrummy..those years it just looked so out of the ordinary…now January is teh exception! :grin:

  • Comment 25, posted at 06.06.08 11:31:58 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • 1.68m and 82kgs? phat phucker

  • Comment 26, posted at 06.06.08 11:36:33 by Bok-El Reply

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  • @Bok-El (Comment 26) :

    Papsak seems to be phattening.. :wink:

  • Comment 27, posted at 06.06.08 11:43:02 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • @Bok-El (Comment 26) :

    He was 73kgs when he made his debut in 2005

  • Comment 28, posted at 06.06.08 11:46:43 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • Imagine Keo standing next to Andries Bekker…

  • Comment 29, posted at 06.06.08 11:50:47 by wpw aka The Tank Reply
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  • Januarie is either getting phat OR carrying a heavy weapon…

  • Comment 30, posted at 06.06.08 11:51:15 by Bok-El Reply

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  • hoesit wes?
    jy sit deesdae min op jou maroen couch…

  • Comment 31, posted at 06.06.08 11:52:21 by Bok-El Reply

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  • Ja Bok-El.

    Wie is daai in jou profile pic?

  • Comment 32, posted at 06.06.08 12:09:28 by wpw aka The Tank Reply
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  • @wpw aka The Tank (Comment 32) :
    John Smit

  • Comment 33, posted at 06.06.08 12:24:05 by Bok-El Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 28) : Just watched the SAvsUru clip on metacafe,Ricki was maar jong!!

  • Comment 34, posted at 06.06.08 12:51:43 by PJLD Reply
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  • I wish I was thinner & taller. :roll:

  • Comment 35, posted at 06.06.08 13:02:09 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • I played with Andries – And I felt short next to him.

    Marco Wentzel was also a bit over 2m.

    I know there was some Scottish hooker who was 1.63m.

    Cheers

  • Comment 36, posted at 06.06.08 13:07:40 by Methos Reply

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  • Ok…where’s the 4-year plan? :roll:

  • Comment 37, posted at 06.06.08 13:09:38 by blackshark Reply

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  • Ragel

    What was that song “I wish I was a bit taller I was I was a baller” or something like that.

    Cheers

  • Comment 38, posted at 06.06.08 13:10:42 by Methos Reply

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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 35) : i wish you would change your picture.
    Methos looks alot like Wylie Human in his picture though :shock:

  • Comment 39, posted at 06.06.08 13:11:42 by PJLD Reply
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  • @PJLD (Comment 39) :
    Or like Sucre in Prison Break

  • Comment 40, posted at 06.06.08 13:24:51 by Bok-El Reply

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  • @wpw aka The Tank (Comment 29) :
    The Tank – was that just conceived because the topic is abbout SIZE.

  • Comment 41, posted at 06.06.08 13:33:51 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Walter, how tall was Rudi Visagie?

  • Comment 42, posted at 06.06.08 13:35:23 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • How tall is Mr de Villiers? On rugby365 there is a pick of him standing between Mujati & Bekker. :lol:

  • Comment 43, posted at 06.06.08 14:18:07 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • pick = pic

  • Comment 44, posted at 06.06.08 14:19:04 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • thats a cool pic :lol:

  • Comment 45, posted at 06.06.08 14:42:18 by PJLD Reply
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