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Bok XV hamstrung by injuries

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :2009 Lions Tour, In the news, Springboks on 26 May 2009 at 06:58
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The South African training squad, to face a Namibian Invitation XV in a practice match in Windhoek on Friday, assembled in Pretoria on Monday with an injury cloud hovering over several Springbok stars.

Rugby 365 reports the players who did not participate in the first training session included centre Adi Jacobs (flu) and wing JP Pietersen (recovering from a knock to his shoulder sustained in the Sharks’s Super 14 loss to the Bulls recently).

Several players who are returning from injury – Schalk Burger, Jean de Villiers, Andries Bekker and Meyer Bosman – are being managed by the medical staff and also did not take part in the full session.

All of these players will be reassessed over the next two days.

Prop Tendai Mtawarira will join up with the squad on Tuesday, as he is writing an exam in the morning.

The squad will have further training sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday and will depart for Windhoek on Thursday morning.

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers said the main focus at this stage was to make sure that maximum benefit is gained from Friday’s match.

“We need to use this game effectively to get the guys to gel again and to get our systems functioning,” De Villiers said.

“It is a bit tough without the Bulls players but we understand that they have a Super 14 final to play.

“Nevertheless the Namibian game is an opportunity for some game time for those who will be in the Springbok squad, which is important to our preparations for the upcoming British & Irish Lions series,” De Villiers added.


  • IMO they should call this game off as a non-evnt and get the guys sorted physically and then train together once all the niggles are sorted.

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.05.09 07:03:41 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : yeah i agree, and ive said a couple of times, what happens when more key players get injured in this silly match

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.05.09 07:47:23 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Adi flu :oops:

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.05.09 08:07:48 by Charlie Reply

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  • Absolutely nothing to read from this game. A 1/3 of the squad is injured or sick…the other 1/3 is with the Bulls…who’s left?

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.05.09 08:19:31 by blackshark Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) :
    First time I see your avatar – :cool: .
    Seems da Vinci invented the rugby ball and scrum cap as well. I heard last week that he drew the first snorkel as we know it today. Now if only we could unearth his notes and plays on how to beat any team, and ref, that stands in our way. :grin:

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.05.09 08:40:21 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • It’s a bit of a catch 22 situation, play and it’s a risk of injuries, don’t play and it’s a case of going into an international without match practice.

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.05.09 09:19:28 by Ollie Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : and you were asking why they weren’t televising this game. here is your answer. cheetahs vs the super kings will be more exciting to watch. even siberia vs bangladesh. :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.05.09 10:13:16 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • @Ollie (Comment 6) :

    that is a valid point but it is not really suitable for this game. Most of the players in the squad are not going to play for the boks anyway. The bulls will make up at least 30% of the Starting XV IMO, so having a trial with half a team is of no real use.

    if this game was after the S14 final and all the players were there then i’d be dead keen for it to go ahead.

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.05.09 10:18:58 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 3) : Bless you

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.05.09 10:20:57 by Rahul Reply

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  • @Rahul (Comment 9) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.05.09 10:30:40 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 3) : :sad: That’s not good at all….hope he recovers soon.

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.05.09 10:38:58 by Me2 Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) :

    KSA, an article has just gone up about the depth problem in the Sharks for the Super 14. It could as well be the “learning from history” aspect for the Boks. By playing Namibia with the 2nd stringers it gives an idea of who can be on standby for when there are injuries.

    PDV has his own ideas on game plans etc and now he has a chance to see which of the players fits in with his ideas and can be used if required, maybe even make the run on 15. I’m all for the match. Any minor injuries still have time to heal before the first test.

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.05.09 10:59:44 by Ollie Reply

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  • Surethe match might be boring, but it will be good for Namibian rugby and for the Bok squad. I don’t think it is meant to be a big SA crowd puller.

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.05.09 11:01:20 by Ollie Reply

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  • @Ollie (Comment 12) :

    As a look at the back-ups the match actually has a lot of merit, I didn’t think about that.

  • Comment 14, posted at 26.05.09 11:21:48 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 14) :

    Glad to oblige in enlightening you. :twisted:

  • Comment 15, posted at 26.05.09 11:25:56 by Ollie Reply

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