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R500 000 insurance for Rory?


Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :2009 Lions Tour, In the news on 22 May 2009 at 08:51
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The South African training squad’s match against a Namibian XV in Windhoek will lose value for Springbok coach Peter de Villiers if top players withdraw.

Hendrik Cronje reports for sport24.co.za:

The Sharks, Cheetahs and Western Province appear to be the main culprits ahead of the match.

The Sharks want an insurance policy of half a million rand to release scrumhalf Rory Kockott for the match.

Kockott, who wasn’t selected by De Villiers as part of the Springboks’ plans, is a key player in the Sharks’ Currie Cup plans.

The match in Windhoek presents an excellent opportunity for De Villiers to see if Kockott could hold his own against fellow No 9s like Ricky Januarie and Jano Vermaak.

Another reason why the Namibian XV has not been finalised is that the Cheetahs Rugby Union informed their Namibian counterparts via e-mail on Thursday that five of their players will not be available to take part in the match.

Meyer Bosman (centre), David de Villiers, Nico Breedt (both locks), Richardt Strauss (hooker) and Kobus Calldo (prop) will instead be busy preparing with their Cheetahs team-mates for the encounter against the British and Irish Lions on June 6.

Western Province also indicated that Duane Vermeulen (flank) and Tonderai Chavhanga (wing) won’t be making the trip to Windhoek.

“Duane is still injured and Tonderai is still nursing his hamstring injury,” said Western Province Rugby CEO, Rob Wagner.

“No player (in the WP team), who played in the Super 14, will be available. They have to be ready for our friendly match on June 6 and our encounter with the British and Irish Lions on June 13. We wrote a letter two days ago notifying those concerned that Duane and Tonderai won’t be available.”

Promoter of the match, Willem Strauss, has acknowledged that the Namibian team’s plans have been affected by the withdrawals. “It is a setback, but not a crisis,” said Strauss.

He added that he’s already talking to possible replacements. The names of former Springboks Marco Wentzel and Danie Coetzee have been mentioned. Coetzee has already agreed to fly to Windhoek for the match.

Strauss hopes to announce the final squad of players on Friday.

Star players like Derick Hougaard (flyhalf), Jaco van der Westhuyzen (fullback) and Kees Lensing (captain and prop) will still play for the Namibian XV.

Strauss also went to great lengths to stress that the condition of the field for the match is in outstanding condition.



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  • “Promoter of the match, Willem Strauss, has acknowledged that the Namibian team’s plans have been affected by the withdrawals. “It is a setback, but not a crisis,” said Strauss”

    I am almost dead certain this is the same guy who promoted the Sharks game in Abu Dhabi that was cancelled! While you can’t expect him to be responsible for the global economic recession that led to a sponsor pulling out of that game, to be associated with two high profile games where it seems all the homework was not done and the second in danger of becoming a non-event like the first, all sounds a bit dodgey!

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.05.09 09:09:44 by Baldrick Reply
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  • @Baldrick (Comment 1) :

    Well its to be expected from a Bulls Player Agent and supporter!! :roll:

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.05.09 09:16:55 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 2) : :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.05.09 10:24:18 by Charlie Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 2) : Bulls are responsible for much of the problems in the world, including Swine flu (JP NEl is a pig after all!)

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.05.09 10:28:30 by Baldrick Reply

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  • hmmmm….

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.05.09 10:36:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • Pls advise how I direct my comment at a previous comment?

    Thanx

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.05.09 11:53:10 by perran_dw Reply

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  • @perran_dw (Comment 6) :

    Click on the arrow next to the person’s name and viola! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.05.09 12:02:28 by wpw Reply
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  • @perran_dw (Comment 6) : like this :) :)

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.05.09 12:11:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) :

    Don’t be RUDE!!!

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.05.09 12:33:48 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 9) : tch

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.05.09 12:53:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) :

    You forget that I’m older than you and bigger!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.05.09 12:55:11 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 11) : and slower :)

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.05.09 13:10:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) :

    and sexier… :shock:

  • Comment 13, posted at 22.05.09 13:11:00 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 7) : Thank you kindly

  • Comment 14, posted at 22.05.09 15:17:51 by perran_dw Reply

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  • Comment 15, posted at 22.05.09 15:33:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @perran_dw (Comment 14) :

    You’re welcome. Please ignore Rob… he’s not that important on this site… more of a clown than anything else. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 22.05.09 15:54:29 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 16) : a joker :)

  • Comment 17, posted at 22.05.09 16:15:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • Aaah, its so sweet to see young love on the blog.

    Rob and Wes, sitting onna tree…

  • Comment 18, posted at 22.05.09 16:40:10 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 18) : Wes’s branch broke under the weight

  • Comment 19, posted at 22.05.09 16:58:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • Yoh!

  • Comment 20, posted at 22.05.09 17:03:20 by Claytie Reply
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  • @Claytie (Comment 20) : yoh!

  • Comment 21, posted at 22.05.09 17:12:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • :evil:

  • Comment 22, posted at 22.05.09 18:05:11 by wpw Reply
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  • :lol:

    Maybe not – coulda been a Californian Redwood.

  • Comment 23, posted at 22.05.09 19:45:14 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 18) :

    onna tree :shock: :lol: as opposed to inna tree. :wink:
    freudian slip?

  • Comment 24, posted at 22.05.09 19:46:36 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 24) :
    :oops:

    Just bad English.

    Or maybe freudian – they both got wood. :twisted:

  • Comment 25, posted at 22.05.09 20:01:58 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 25) :

    hehehhehe

    I am pretty stuffed. reffing amatch in 30plus temperatures at 4:30 in the afternnon is not for the fainthearted. :oops:

    I’m off to bed. :sad:

  • Comment 26, posted at 22.05.09 20:08:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 26) :
    Sounds hectic.

    Sleep well oubaas – at your age it is important to do so; people aren’t mindful of that.

    Reckon I will work for at least 2 hours and then hit the streets looking for women of ill-repute – to redeem, of course.

  • Comment 27, posted at 22.05.09 20:30:52 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 27) : of course :)

  • Comment 28, posted at 22.05.09 20:49:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 27) :

    to redeem??????? :shock: WHAT? They allow you to use vouchers now???????? :razz:

  • Comment 29, posted at 23.05.09 06:50:45 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 29) : sharp :-)

  • Comment 30, posted at 23.05.09 07:04:17 by robdylan Reply
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