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Posted in :In the news, Lions, Springboks on 2 Feb 2009 at 08:08
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Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has given the clearest indication yet that Sharks utility player Ruan Pienaar will wear the Bok No 10 jersey against the British and Irish Lions this year.

Jacques van der Westhuyzen reports on IOL that Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has given the clearest indication yet that Sharks utility player Ruan Pienaar will wear the Bok No 10 jersey against the British and Irish Lions this year.

It would appear that the three performances at flyhalf by Pienaar on last year’s November tour to the UK were good enough to convince De Villiers that the Sharks man is the player to succeed Butch James.

This follows the announcement at the weekend of 19 players who have been given national contracts by SA Rugby. Pienaar is the only player in the group who has started at flyhalf for the Boks.

Pienaar reluctantly accepted the invitation to play at No 10 on last year’s end of season tour, but shone in the position against Wales, Scotland and England.

It is understood that he will be used in the role for the Sharks during this season’s Super 14 competition.

De Villiers was full of praise for Pienaar last season and indicated he would like to see the Sharks man continue in the position in future.

The only other player among the contracted group who can play at No 10 is Frans Steyn, but the World Cup winning inside centre has been tried in the position before with little success.

He is more likely to feature as an impact player and possibly as a centre, wing or fullback. The 19 contracted players are also a clear indication of who De Villiers will put his faith in against the touring Lions in June.

Contracted players

Sharks: JP Pietersen, Adrian Jacobs, Ruan Pienaar, John Smit, Bismarck du Plessis, Frans Steyn, Tendai Mtawarira

Golden Lions: Jaque Fourie

Cheetahs: Juan Smith

Bulls: Fourie du Preez, Victor Matfield, Pierre Spies, Bryan Habana, Danie Rossouw, Bakkies Botha

Stormers: Conrad Jantjes, Ricky Januarie, Jean de Villiers, Schalk Burger.



20 Comments

  • I hope Butch will be available for the Lions tour. Even if Ruan does start it would make sense to have Butch as cover rather than Frans Steyn or Earl Rose (spit) :wink:

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.02.09 08:17:42 by wpw - Take that Chelsea!!! Reply
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  • @wpw – Take that Chelsea!!! (Comment 1) : Grant or even Bosman could still play themselves into contention as the understudy

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.02.09 08:26:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Make it or break it time for Grant IMO…

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.02.09 09:05:48 by blackshark Reply

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  • Dan the Man is out for 6 months. :???:

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.02.09 09:07:29 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 4) : Shame…

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.02.09 09:10:19 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 5) : now if only Perpignan would call up Stephen Brett to replace him… :)

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.02.09 09:17:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : :wink:

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.02.09 09:21:45 by klempie Reply

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  • I’m starting to question the financial feasibility of being fit. At 07:25, I had a biggish bowl of oats. By 09:20 I was feeling a bit peckish and consequently demolished my lunch of two tuna mayo sarmies and a packet of dried pears by 09:30 leaving me with no option but to fork out again for lunch. :evil:

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.02.09 09:42:03 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 8) : yeah… eating well and healthily hits the bank balance. Why do you think so many poor people are fat? High Fructise Corn Syrup is a cheap way to make you feel full

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.02.09 10:00:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : :twisted: Yeah…send them an email…

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.02.09 10:01:40 by blackshark Reply

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  • Bit of a disappointment that Ryan Kankowski is not on the contracted list… I guess that means “ol Snor” is sticking with Spies as his 8th man!!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.02.09 10:16:23 by CS Reply

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  • @CS (Comment 11) : Kanko will show Spies up good and proper over the course of 15 rounds of Super Rugby.

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.02.09 10:21:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : How do you eat it?

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.02.09 10:33:27 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 13) : i read the labels and try not to eat it

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.02.09 10:34:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : :?:

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.02.09 10:35:52 by klempie Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : Are you saying corn syrup is bad?

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.02.09 10:41:59 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 16) : YES! Slow on the uptake much?

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.02.09 10:51:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : I thought fructose was the good sugar… :???:

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.02.09 10:52:23 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 18) : it depends on what they do to it.

  • Comment 19, posted at 02.02.09 11:04:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : Stop being cryptic. :roll:

  • Comment 20, posted at 02.02.09 11:05:42 by klempie Reply

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