New flyhalf for Italy clash

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 17 Jun 2008 at 17:50
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Butch James has been given the weekend off and won’t play against Italy, in the interests of keeping the star pivot fresh for the upcoming Tri-Nations.

Reports from the camp indicate that Butch has been sent “home”. I’m not sure if this means he’s gone back to Bath, or if he’ll be spending the next week in Durban. I wonder what he’s doing on Friday night, if it’s the latter… It’s a move that probably makes sense, given the state of Butch’s knees and his value to our upcoming Tri-Nations campaign. Expect either Peter Grant or Francois Steyn to start in the Number 10 jersey against the Italians.

In other squad developments, it seems Pierre Spies has been sent back to his specialist friend for a “routine check-up” following his blood clot problem. I wonder if there was perhaps a specimen taken at some stage that didn’t pass muster? Not that it really matters. Spies was pants against the Welsh and would surely have been dropped for Kankowski anyway.

Danie Rossouw had to have an ingrown toenail surgically corrected, so he wont be available either. I guess the chances are pretty good that Joe van Niekerk will be named on the bench. CJ van der Linde and Schalk Burger are both possibles, depending on how their recoveries progress after knee injuries.

As reported earlier, JP Pietersen has been sent back to the Sharks and should be available for the Currie Cup game on Friday night. The odds are apparently looking better for Odwa Ndungane to make his long-awaited test debut at right wing in place of the defensively inept Tonderai Chavanga.


  • Speaking of flyhlaves, I’ve just had it confirmed that Monty Dumond is on his way back to Durban and will be available for the Sharks in the Currie Cup

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.06.08 17:54:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • and Schalk “Bioplus” van der Merwe will be playing for the Cheetahs

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.06.08 18:11:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :

    That’s a move up for him, last year he was with the Valke and the year before with the Pumas. I’m not sure why we (the Lions) didn’t keep him, he is a good player

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.06.08 18:40:00 by walter van Reply

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  • Monty Dumond?

    Oh no – the backline Skipper… :roll:

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.06.08 18:48:29 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 4) : Lol

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.06.08 19:10:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Won of the only hardmen in the 7′s side…

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.06.08 19:14:10 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 6) : One :wink:

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.06.08 19:15:18 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • Look like Grant will make his mark. Also obvious in the Paarl Gim 150 TV show on monday that Jean and Schalk will play.

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.06.08 15:04:16 by PaarlBok Reply

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