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Bulls, Sharks want Bok reinforcement


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Springboks on 31 Aug 2008 at 14:37

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers and Manager of national teams Andy Marinos will sit down with the relevant provincial unions early next week to discuss the availability of the Springboks for their unions in the Currie Cup competition.

Rugby 365 reports that with a huge match between the Blue Bulls and the Sharks in Durban next Saturday, the two log leaders in the Currie Cup are anxious to get as many of their players cleared for the match.

“We’ve had a look at the all the players in the squad,” said convener of selectors Peter Jooste on Saturday, “and most of them will be cleared. There are a few, however, who need a rest.”

He gave the assurance that the talks with the unions would be completed in time for them to select available players for next weekend’s matches.

The Blue Bulls will be hoping that Fourie du Preez, Pierre Spies, Victor Matfield and Danie Rossouw will be available for the crunch game against the Sharks, who in turn will hope that Ruan Pienaar, Odwa Ndungane, Adi Jacobs, Beast Mtwarira, Bismarck du Plessis and Jannie du Plessis will be released.



12 Comments

  • As I said during the week. everyone except the Lions released a piece on them being told today which players they would get back for the CC.

    Why has the plan changed? :evil:

    I fully understand the availability of a a player like Nokwe or someone who picked up a niggle yesterday only being clarified once test results are back etc but surely the majority of the other players will have been decided on by now.

  • Comment 1, posted at 31.08.08 14:54:58 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : :roll: mind games again :?:

  • Comment 2, posted at 31.08.08 21:43:02 by Me2 Reply
    Me2 aka Mama SharkCurrie Cup player
     
  • @Me2 (Comment 2) :

    Hey I don’t know.

    SARU have got nothing to gain by delaying the announcement for a day or two but I find it strange that they actually would though.

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.09.08 07:25:51 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Also from 365

    Currie Cup or rest for Boks?

    Player management will be high on the agenda when Springbok coach Peter de Villiers and manager of national teams Andy Marinos sit down with the provincial unions this week to discuss the availability of the Springboks for their provinces in the Currie Cup competition.

    Some players have played every Test, 10 internationals, as well as the majority of this year’s Super 14 matches.

    De Villiers has already indicated that he is considering leaving some of his star players behind when they travel to the United Kingdom for the year-end tour.

    And the decision as to which Springbok players will play in the Currie Cup will be taken in line with that.

    “The end-of-year tour will call for new challenges,” De Villiers said after his team’s record 53-8 hammering of Australia in the Boks’ final Tri-Nations match at the weekend.

    “We’ll follow the Currie Cup, but we have a lot of sore and tired bodies,” he said of his players, adding: “Maybe we should leave some of our stars at home if we want to manage them correctly for the Lions tour next year.

    “We must keep in mind there is a Super 14 competition also next year. Yes, we have some tough decisions to make before the year-end tour.”

    Obviously the unions would like to have their star players available from the outset, especially a team like Western Province that is desperate to get back into play-off contention.

    They are playing the defending Currie Cup champions, the Free State Cheetahs, in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

    Both teams have already indicated they will use their Springboks if available, although some of them may start off the bench.

    There is also a top-of-the-table clash between the Blue Bulls and the Sharks in Durban on Saturday and these teams are also anxious to get as many of their players cleared for the match.

    “We’ve had a look at the all the players in the squad,” said convener of selectors Peter Jooste, adding: “and most of them will be cleared. There are a few, however, who need a rest.”

    He gave the assurance that the talks with the unions would be completed in time for them to select available players for this week’s matches.

    The Blue Bulls will be hoping that Fourie du Preez, Pierre Spies, Victor Matfield and Danie Rossouw will be available for the crunch game against the Sharks, who in turn will hope that Ruan Pienaar, Odwa Ndungane, Adi Jacobs, Tendai Mtawarira, Bismarck du Plessis and Jannie du Plessis will be released.

    Bok captain Victor Matfield said he doesn’t see the situation as a bad one.

    “Some players will be need to be rested over the next few weeks, but personally I can’t wait to get a run with the Bulls,” said Matfield.

    Western Province are hoping to have Jean de Villiers, Schalk Burger, Conrad Jantjes, Brian Mujati, Luke Watson, Ricky Januarie, Andries Bekker and Percy Montgomery available for this trip to Bloemfontein.

    The Cheetahs will in turn hope players like Juan Smith and Adriaan Strauss available, while the ankle injury he suffered in scoring his fourth try is likely to keep wing Jongi Nokwe sidelined

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.09.08 07:30:14 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • IMO most of the players needs at least a week’s break… :wink:

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.09.08 07:56:32 by Charlie Reply
    CharlieSuper Rugby player
     
  • @Charlie (Comment 5) : Morning guys…

    I think the regulars need a bit of a break but the likes of Odwa, Steyn and Pienaar can just get back into action.

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.09.08 08:06:23 by blackshark Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 6) : Agree… :wink:

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.09.08 08:43:00 by Charlie Reply
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  • And I thought they were on a break until last Saturday! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.09.08 08:55:54 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 6) : And Bismark must play, he looks strong and ready to take his place! With the amount of ball he turns over imagine him with Deysel Botes and Keagan? We’ll be really strong! Can anyone tell me when Kanko will be back?

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.09.08 09:11:45 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 9) :

    this coming week if I recall correctly.

    read it on sharksrugby I believe.

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.09.08 09:13:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) :

    Yip I thought so.

    http://www.sharksrugby.co.za/default.asp?id=267319&des=article

    published tuesday last week,

    from the 2nd last paragraph.
    He added that John Smit is cycling and swimming at the moment, “he’s still around three weeks off and Ryan Kankowski will hopefully be available next week

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.09.08 09:16:53 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 5) : Ah Charlie…dig your new avatar…that was a great moment.

    @Salmonoid (Comment 8) : :mrgreen:

    @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 9) : It’s only the Cows…we don’t need so much firepower…

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.09.08 09:22:49 by blackshark Reply

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