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Posted in :2009 Lions Tour, In the news, Springboks on 6 May 2009 at 06:49
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A number of different former Springboks have been asked who their Springbok fullback would be and a number of different players’ names have popped out of the hat, Daniller, Ludik, Steyn, Terblanche, Kirchner and even Fourie.

News 24 reports that Former Springbok fullbacks feel that Stefan Terblanche and Zane Kirchner are the strongest candidates to replace the injured Conrad Jantjes in the Test series against the British and Irish Lions.

And should Frans Steyn recover in time from his knee injury, he must be considered as a possible replacement. However, Springbok coach Peter de Villiers could opt for Lions centre Jaque Fourie as his fullback.

Former Bok Theo van Rensburg believes Terblanche’s experience makes him the best option – he has played a significant role in the Sharks’ Super 14 campaign.

“They say Super14 rugby can be likened to Test rugby. Well, Stefan has proved himself at Super14 level. He has played outstanding rugby the last two seasons,” said Van Rensburg.

“Stefan kicks well and there is nothing wrong with his attacking game. He is also very good under the high ball.”

If former Griquas coach Gysie Pienaar was one of the selectors, he would have chosen Steyn as his first-choice fullback.

Pienaar, who played for South African against the Lions in 1980, also has a high regard for Terblanche, the Lions’ Louis Ludik and the Bulls’ Kirchner.

“Kirchner is a young guy that has played good rugby of late,” he said but believes Terblanche’s age may count against him. He turns 34 in July.

Terblanche made his Test debut against Ireland in Bloemfontein as a 22-year-old in 1998. He played in 41 games for South Africa, of which 37 were Tests. His last Test was at the 2003 World Cup in Australia.

“He has a lot of experience and Peter will have to decide whether he will be prepared to take the risk of playing with an inexperienced fullback. It’s a pity about Jantjes. He was playing good rugby since his return to international rugby,” said Pienaar.

On the other hand, Bevin Fortuin, who made his Bok debut against Ireland in 2006, believes Terblanche is deserving on form.

“His age should not count against him. He should be picked on form. Zane is also playing good rugby. Zane and even Louis might not be bad options in the long term,” said Fortuin.

He added that he would have tossed Steyn’s hat into the ring had he been fit. Fortuin, Steyn and Jaco Pretorius made their Test debuts together against Ireland in 2006.

Johan Heunis said Steyn would be his first choice. “It does not appear as if Steyn wants to play there, but he is a quality player. He is good under the high ball. He is also physical and defends well. On top of that he kicks the ball a mile,” said Heunis.

“Zane Kirchner is the next fullback I would pick. He is playing with greater confidence. He is reliable and does not make many mistakes.”

While Rugby 365 reports that Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské believes that Hennie Daniller has a strong case for inclusion the Springbok squad in the wake of Conrad Jantjes’ injury.

There will be a lot of interest in the battle between the Bulls’ Zane Kirchner and Daniller this weekend despite the fact that Jaque Fourie is believed to have the inside lane for the Springboks’ fullback berth.

Stefan Terblanche could also be in contention for a Bok recall, however, Drotské’s money is on Daniller.

“Hennie is the best kicking fullback apart from Conrad. His kicks for touch goes unbelievably far,” Drotské told Volksblad.

“No fullback is also better than him under the high ball [due to his height and weight]. Our fitness coach Neil Du Plessis has also worked hard on his speed and it is clear this season that he is quicker off the mark.”

Sharksworld note: There have also been some very valid calls from certain quarters for the inclusion of Louis Ludik who has had an outstanding season with the Auto & General Lions.



21 Comments

  • Looking at the list of names of available quality fullbacks, I really can’t say that it must be a worry for the selectors.

    Daniller,
    Ludik,
    Terblanche,
    Kirchner,
    Fourie.

    Not ONE of those would let the side down if chosen. Every one of them is good enough to play for the Springboks.

    The tough question is rather, who to leave out than who to select.

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.05.09 07:01:09 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : you have left out young TIGER, the Stormers will be up in arms :lol:

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.05.09 07:07:57 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 2) : :mrgreen:

    I’m waiting for WPW to jump on me about leaving Rose out as well, but in my defence I DID say “quality” fullbacks. :wink:

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.05.09 07:13:19 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) : :evil:

    Well Daniller is a carthorse!!!

    Can’t see him ever playing for the Boks.

    I think it should go to either Stefan or Kirschner.

    He would be stupid to select Fourie at 15.

    Btw, Earl Rose WILL be in the squad (Enver called me last night) :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.05.09 07:20:46 by wpw Reply
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  • i would go with vanilla. he is the most rounded of the lot. he is good on defence and attack. fourie is needed at 12 so lets not mess him around. kirchner and ludik are average on defence but brilliant on attack, but as we aren’t going for bonus points they aren’t really needed. stefan is excellent on defence, but has no clue what to do with the ball when he gets it and tends to waste it. i have enjoyed how vanilla has carried the ball into the backline. i battle to remember when last stefan has created something decent with ball in hand.

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.05.09 07:27:12 by try time Reply

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  • @Whindy (Comment 2) : yeah, Mangweni is a decent player

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.05.09 07:55:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) :

    He is referring to Tiger Bax. :roll:

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.05.09 08:09:52 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 7) : I am impressed you never took the bait :smile: , now about the Champions League did you notice who went through to the final!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.05.09 08:13:13 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 8) :

    I did notice Whindy. :???:

    Well done to your team, they played extremely well.

    Having said that you have to agree with me that Arsenal were useless.

    How Wenger continues to have a job is beyond me. :roll:

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.05.09 08:22:55 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 9) :

    Maybe he Knows Rassie Erasmus. :roll:

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.05.09 09:06:26 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 7) : NO! REALLY?

    :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.05.09 09:13:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : :evil:

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.05.09 09:30:29 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 12) : tosser! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.05.09 09:55:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) :

    Don’t let me ban you from this site!!! :shock: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.05.09 11:19:58 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 9) : GLORY GLORY MAN UNITED!!! clap clap :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.05.09 11:21:24 by Rahul Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 9) :
    “How Wenger continues to have a job is beyond me”

    Just like Rassie and the pompous morons who run WeePee

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.05.09 11:22:54 by Rahul Reply

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  • @Rahul (Comment 16) :

    I take it you enjoyed the game last night!!! :roll:

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.05.09 11:38:09 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 17) : I missed it!!!!!! Having dinner with the old lady… she is visiting from Perth after all :roll:

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.05.09 11:50:17 by Rahul Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 14) : I’d love to see you try :)

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.05.09 12:03:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • Kirchner is a young guy that has played good rugby of late,” he said but believes Terblanche’s age may count against him. He turns 34 in July

    PURE DISCRIMINATION…he should take them to the CCMA if he does not get the job!! :twisted:

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.05.09 15:24:22 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • Daniller look the goods. two important matches to play him in that jersey, Brutes & Stormers.

    He is a bloody big boerseun from De Doorns and will take that high up & unders from the Lions with ease and have a big left boot on him. I saw him running Boishaai into pieces in his school days. They look like a pack of dogs chasing a bakkie.

    Always know he have the talent.

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.05.09 15:40:04 by PaarlBok Reply

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