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Bulls to miss Bok XV trip to Namibia


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 19 May 2009 at 07:28
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A Springbok XV will face a Namibian XV without any Bulls players next Friday in Windhoek.

Pieter Jordaan reports for Sport 24 that the Bulls participation in this week’s semi-finals of the Super 14 competition and the possibility of competing in next week’s final will force the Springbok selectors not to chose the Loftus-based players.

Peter Jooste, convener of the national selectors, said the panel of selectors must presume that the Bulls will play in the final next week, a day after the match in Windhoek.

The absence of players like Bakkies Botha, Victor Matfield, Pierre Spies, Fourie du Preez and ­Bryan Habana will by no chance mean that a under strength team will represent South Africa in Windhoek.

What it does mean for South Africa, is that the Bok selectors and coaching staff have a good chance to test out combinations. The Sharks, who didn’t make the playoffs will help strengthen the side.

There will however be three former Bulls players in action in Windhoek for the Namibian combination.

The promoter, Willem Strauss, confirmed that Derick Hougaard, Jaco van der Westhuysen and Frikkie Welsh (all former Bulls) accepted the invitation to play for the Namibian side. The coach of the Namibian XV team, John Williams, is also a former coach of the Blue Bulls.

Other South African players, Gary Botha, Michael Claassens and Rob Linde who ply their trade overseas were also invited, but are unavailable due to their respective injuries sustained .

The requests of Bok coach, Peter de Villiers, will be taken into account when the two teams will be announced.

He can request that players that aren’t in the Springbok XV play for the Namibian XV. The Boks will lock horns with the British Lions on 20 June in Durban in the first of three Tests.



15 Comments

  • I wonder if Rory Kockott will be in the mix

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.05.09 07:42:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • I take it you are stoked Robbo??

    Seeing as you despise the Bulls. :twisted:

    OK, I’m stirring!!! :oops:

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.05.09 07:46:07 by wpw Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) :

    He will probably make this trip but beyond that I have no clue, Either him or Vermaak as the backups IMO.

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.05.09 07:46:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) :

    I think it will be FDP, Vetgat and Vermaak.

    Vermaak has been brilliant in a woeful Lions side.

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.05.09 07:50:21 by wpw Reply
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  • Ah, Rob Linde.

    Vagien’s favourite lock forward!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.05.09 07:51:31 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 4) :

    I’d be very surprised if “kykdjynamymaag” gets in. He hasn’t even been starting for the Stormers for a while and is getting bigger by the day.

    Maybe there is a reason Rassie isn’t buying props, maybe he is growing his own.

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.05.09 07:56:33 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 2) : and you don’t? :-)

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.05.09 07:56:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 5) :

    I’ll have you know he is one of the best South African locks currently playing overseas!!!!!!! :roll:

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.05.09 07:57:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) : fork you! I walks now!

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.05.09 08:02:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : top form! :-)

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.05.09 08:03:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) :

    Damn!!! You got me… :wink:

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.05.09 08:13:27 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 11) : like shooting fish in a barrel, Tubs :-)

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.05.09 08:38:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.05.09 08:47:18 by Claytie Reply
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  • Why on earth would they wanna pull Rob Linde out?Ok besides the fact that he is one of the top scrummaging locks in France :!:

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.05.09 08:50:23 by Claytie Reply
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  • @Claytie (Comment 14) : maybe his match fees aren’t that high… times are tough, you know

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.05.09 09:18:13 by robdylan Reply
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