Springbok Touring Squad

Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :In the news, Original Content on 31 Oct 2009 at 20:00

Peter de  Villiers has named his touring squad for the 2009 EOYT

The touring squad is ….

Forwards: John Smit (c), Victor Matfield (v/c), Beast Mtawarira, Gurthro Steenkamp, Heinke van der Merwe, Bismarck du Plessis, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Bandise Maku, Jannie du Plessis, Bakkies Botha, Danie Rossouw, Allistair Hargreaves, Andries Bekker, Schalk Burger, Davon Raubenheimer, Heinrich Brussow, Pierre Spies, Ryan Kankowski, Dewald Potgieter, Ashley Johnson.

Backs: Fourie du Preez, Morne Steyn, Ruan Pienaar, Adi Jacobs, Jaque Fourie, JP Pietersen, Bryan Habana, Odwa Ndungane, Wynand Olivier, Earl Rose, Heini Adams, Meyer Bosman, Juan de Jongh, Francois Hougaard, Zane Kirchner, Jongi Nokwe, Riaan Viljoen.

In news that will certainly get Rob happy, his lovechild(or is that ex lovechild)Ali Hargreaves has earned his call up. 

Ricki January has finally been dropped after an extended run of poor form and bad conditioning.

Kimberley gets reason to celebrate as 2 players from Griquas get called up,Im not going to talk about Earl Rose but I am majorly chuffed for Juan de Jong but disapointed for Francois Louw.

Bulls add another 3 players to their Bok list with Heini Adams and the exciting Francois Hougaard and Dewaldt Potgieter selected

Ashley Johnson from the Cheetahs will have reason to smile as his industrious season was rewarded while Jongi Nokwe gets a recall as well as Meyer Bosman returning to the team after debuting at flyhalf during the 2006 EOYT.

 Heinke vd Merwe gets called up even though he has been injured all season, Peter de Villiers is on record as being a huge fan of the loosehead prop.



  • Comment 1, posted at 31.10.09 20:04:49 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • hargreaves ahead of Sykes? Crazy

  • Comment 2, posted at 31.10.09 20:32:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • Is Juan Smith injured??

  • Comment 3, posted at 31.10.09 20:56:33 by wpw Reply
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  • Okay …what the hell is Meyer Bosman doing there?
    And who the hell is devon raubenheimer or houser or whatever…

  • Comment 4, posted at 31.10.09 20:57:24 by The Shark Reply

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  • Bosman is lucky and so too Maku, Rose, Heinke. I assume Deysel is injured and where the hell is Vermuelen??

  • Comment 5, posted at 31.10.09 21:00:43 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 3) : he is

  • Comment 6, posted at 31.10.09 21:00:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • you guys realise Heinke is there as a tighthead?

  • Comment 7, posted at 31.10.09 21:01:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @The Shark (Comment 4) : he’s Jean Deysel’s evil twin

  • Comment 8, posted at 31.10.09 21:03:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • probably best to look at this as a test 22 with 15 experimental players added for shits and grins. There is no logic to many of these selections. Coach’s picks. But Div’s instincts are often pretty good

  • Comment 9, posted at 31.10.09 21:08:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • Some real bolters in this squad, must say would not have picked the same back up players as pdv did

  • Comment 10, posted at 31.10.09 21:34:36 by war1 Reply
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  • Guys like Hougaard and Hargreaves played in Div’s SAU19 teams. I think Rose and Johnson as well…

  • Comment 11, posted at 31.10.09 21:44:21 by wpw Reply
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  • Meyer Bosman!??!

  • Comment 12, posted at 31.10.09 22:12:49 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Potgieter ahead of Deysel?

  • Comment 13, posted at 31.10.09 22:13:33 by Hmmm Reply

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  • And Rauberheimer for that matter?????

    Deysel go overseas my man….the Bokke dont deserve you!!!!!

  • Comment 14, posted at 31.10.09 22:15:05 by Hmmm Reply

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  • DeJong?????????????

  • Comment 15, posted at 31.10.09 22:16:08 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Adams ahead of Vermaak and Sarel Pretorius???????????????????/???????????????

  • Comment 16, posted at 31.10.09 22:17:28 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Maku ahead of any of the top 6 teams hooker or their replacement??????????????

  • Comment 17, posted at 31.10.09 22:18:52 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Ashley Johson ahead of Willem Alberts????????????????

  • Comment 18, posted at 31.10.09 22:20:20 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Hougaardt?????????????

    As what…scrummy or wing??????

    Either way????????????

  • Comment 19, posted at 31.10.09 22:21:32 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Rallepele???????????????????????????

  • Comment 20, posted at 31.10.09 22:23:31 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Sjo….I think we gonna lose a few week day matches….

    Or the Bokke gonna have a lot of bag carriers…

  • Comment 21, posted at 31.10.09 22:25:11 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Sjo….I think we gonna lose a few week day matches….

    Or the Bokke gonna have a lot of bag carriers!??!

  • Comment 22, posted at 31.10.09 22:26:15 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Rose!???!

  • Comment 23, posted at 31.10.09 22:28:13 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Ai…..

  • Comment 24, posted at 31.10.09 22:29:35 by Hmmm Reply

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  • If Hougaardt is wing…how could he be ahead of Mapoe??????

  • Comment 25, posted at 31.10.09 22:30:41 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 19) : “De Villiers said uncapped Francois Hougaard, who is a scrumhalf but has been used by the Bulls at centre and wing, will not be a specialist but yet another utility back, with Heini Adams possibly Fourie du Preez’s back-up.”

    ‘That had nothing to do with it,’ said De Villiers. ‘I know what I’ve got in Ricky, as well as some of those guys from the Emerging Boks who were left out. This is the right time to look at other players. If they don’t take their chances, we can then fall back on the players we know.’

    I can understand this philosophy, why not offer opportunities to the guys that have shown potential. Rob is right, PdV’s instincts have often proven right in the past, so why not let him blood some talent his instincts have singled out. In fact, I find this forward thinking and ultimately good for SA rugby. Even when PdV might be gone, I believe he wants to leave a legacy.

    A good example is Sykes and Hargreaves. I am sure PdV knows what he has in Sykes, why not see what he has in Hargreaves now. Us Sharks supporters should be quite proud that our young locks are viewed upon as international prospects. Plus, I am sure Hargreaves will come back to the Sharks after this tour a better player for it.

  • Comment 26, posted at 01.11.09 03:55:28 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Some strange elections for sure,some of the guys picked are carrying injuries Heinke and Chili Mapoe has a 7s contract so that might be the reason for his exclusion and Dysel is still troubled by his knee Johnson v ALberts Alberts may have paid the price for the lions poor performance Raubenhiemer is a good player and I’m not surprised by his inclusion. Rose was an age player under Div inside centre if memory serves and he might just surprise not sure about him though.Vermaak is injured hence Adams Pretorius can count himself as very unlucky but a squad with 4/5 scrum halves in it killed it for him. Problem is inside centre both Bosman and Olivier are the bash the line kind of centre and using morne as fly and in the UK that will work but later against NZ and Aus I am not sure it will
    Time will tell for the rest I think they picked themselves not sure about De Jong might be too early for him a Gaffie situation in the making

  • Comment 27, posted at 01.11.09 09:02:15 by Fattmann Reply
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  • Agreed Dancing Bear. But, isn’t that what the Emerging Bok team is for? End of Year Tours should see those on the cusp of selection get their opportunity. Not wholesale experimentation. This tour would have been ideal for Jean Deysel to show that he can make the step up, in the absence of Juan Smith. Taking 3rd choice hookers just to see if they actually have any talent is wasting the opportunity against this level of opposition. Let them play another season of Super 14 and for the Emerging Boks against Romania or the Argentine Jaguars. I agree with a majority of the inclusions however. I see Hargreaves as a better prospect than Andries ‘The World’s Tallest Wing’ Bekker.

  • Comment 28, posted at 01.11.09 09:12:27 by MerckZ Reply

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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 26) :

    How many utility backs do we need!??!

  • Comment 29, posted at 01.11.09 10:52:58 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 29) : can I go with none?

  • Comment 30, posted at 01.11.09 10:56:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Fattmann (Comment 27) :

    Yeh De Jongh is a definite talent…but he was shown up by Doppies in the last game…I mean Doppies!??!
    SO imagine how he would be found wanting against international opposition….

  • Comment 31, posted at 01.11.09 10:57:53 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 30) :

    I’m with you there….

  • Comment 32, posted at 01.11.09 11:00:54 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Would be interesting to see the makeup of the backline….

    Who would start at 12…where will Ruan fit in…is he now the first choice 15 after being a first choice 9 and a first choice 10….

    Will Jacobs start at 12? Is he up for that…asks a bit more defensively from a player…just to far for the loosies to cover and tight enough to be targeted…

    Wings I guess would be JPP and Habana…

    13 I guess J Fourie…

    With 9/10 sorted…

  • Comment 33, posted at 01.11.09 11:04:33 by Hmmm Reply

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  • What is it with people and Chilly? I have never seen him do anything worth mentioning!??!

  • Comment 34, posted at 01.11.09 11:06:31 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Molo

  • Comment 35, posted at 01.11.09 11:09:05 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • @MerckZ (Comment 28) :

    Not sure I will go as far as to say Allister is better than Bekker…but they both prospects and hope they grow into their talent…

  • Comment 36, posted at 01.11.09 11:09:51 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Fattmann (Comment 27) :

    I am not too worried about Olivier…he is playing much better the last 2 years…stepping well and playing a mre open game…

    Whether I am happy hat he is our countries no 1 inside at the moment…well I donno about that…

  • Comment 37, posted at 01.11.09 11:13:50 by Hmmm Reply

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  • I see hmmm i back… :roll:

  • Comment 38, posted at 01.11.09 11:39:29 by wpw Reply
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  • @Hmmm (Comment 37) : still a bit of a basher at centre interested to see if they use ADI there he is creative and his defence is no worse than Jean its his size that will b a problem
    also just read press release i agree its 22 test and 15 experiments to see who is next in line Feel for some of the emerging boks though and maybe its time SARFU started 2nd tier tours against teams just out of the top 8
    what do you think?

  • Comment 39, posted at 01.11.09 11:54:55 by Fattmann Reply
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  • @Hmmm (Comment 34) : Chili is really a good player and he will come right been plauged by injury last 2 years but will come right not sure if fit enought for this tour though and it might be necessary that he moves to the lions to get game time Also looked up Hienke injury its on the pushing leg for a loose head so maybe that why the change Remember when cilliers came back from his crucate injury he switched to loose head until the strengh/confidence returned

  • Comment 40, posted at 01.11.09 11:58:23 by Fattmann Reply
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  • Some interesting selections but the first choice test lineup selects itself. Am a little surprised that Lionel Mapoe didn’t get an opportunity as he looks an exceptional prospect and is blessed with real gas.

    Not sure what Bekker is still doing in the squad…waste of time. Just shows that lock is a weak area. Bakkies, Matfield and Danie Rossouw are getting on a bit and we need to find some quality replacements.

    It’s incredible how much depth we have at loose forward. Just think of the players that aren’t touring: Deysel, Vermeulen, Francois Louw, Frans Viljoen (who I rate VERY highly) etc. Jonathan Mokuena is another player who has impressed this season.

  • Comment 41, posted at 01.11.09 13:02:32 by Villie Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : Well there are 5 props.

    Smit and Jannie – tightheads

    Beast and Gurthro – looseheads

    Heinke is normally a loosehead…so is he in to cover both sides?

  • Comment 42, posted at 01.11.09 13:04:00 by Villie Reply
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  • @Fattmann (Comment 39) :

    You mean that travels with but not really part of the team?

  • Comment 43, posted at 01.11.09 13:06:01 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 38) :

    Are they eyes rolling cozz I don’t endlessly praise a guy who stepped past opponents twice!??!

  • Comment 44, posted at 01.11.09 13:19:56 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Fattmann (Comment 40) :

    Well scrums been good and bad this year for the Bokke so I am not too fazed about Heinke…and Heinke has been scrummming every one in the S-hemi back to where they belong for the last two years…however…only if he is over his injury else he would also be a waste to take along….and he might get used to going backwards…

    But I have never seen Chilly doing anything worth mentioning…ever in any game…injuries or not…

  • Comment 45, posted at 01.11.09 13:27:23 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Villie (Comment 41) :

    Willem Alberts…and Juan is not even there….

  • Comment 46, posted at 01.11.09 13:29:12 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 46) :

    But agree….we just don’t have any great locks coming through…nowhere near the likes of those 3….

  • Comment 47, posted at 01.11.09 13:31:03 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Villie (Comment 42) :

    Jannie covers both already!??!

    Maybe in the N-hemi conditions Div is going to play 4 props in a game?

  • Comment 48, posted at 01.11.09 13:36:12 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : bit surprised as well and diesel deysel not making it, hmmmmm

  • Comment 49, posted at 01.11.09 18:45:31 by rekinek (retreat -ing) Reply
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  • @Hmmm (Comment 33) : only Div knows, oh wait – i do not think so :roll:

  • Comment 50, posted at 01.11.09 18:47:55 by rekinek (retreat -ing) Reply
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  • Johnson out- Alberts in, Raubenheimer out- Deysel in, Jongi out- Mapoe in, Heini out- Kockett in, Maku out- Adriaan strauss in, Potgieter out- Stegman in, Hargreaves out- Muller in. All these players are better and can take us past 2011, except muller. The squad would be seriously powerful with these players. Also we need steyn back in SA fullbacks in short supply for the time being :sad:

  • Comment 51, posted at 02.11.09 08:43:10 by JJR Reply
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  • Earl Rose is not getting enough recognition and deserves his place in the Springbok year-end tour. This is the view of Bok coach Peter de Villiers, who answered the critics that felt he may have made a few selection blunders.

    De Villiers, addressing the media after the team announcement in Pretoria, admitted the Free State Cheetahs flyer and Bok Sevens hero Lionel Mapoe may be one of the unlucky players not to make the squad.

    However, the Bok mentor said Rose – who has been named as a fullback for the tour – had in fact shown good form in the Currie Cup and just needs more regular game time.

    Even though Rose was dropped by Golden Lions coach Hans Coetzee – with Varsity Cup star Earl Lewis preferred ahead of an indifferent Rose until the former got injured – De Villiers feels Rose just needs more game time.

    “I looked at guys like Earl and Juan de Jongh and selected them ahead of Lionel [Mapoe], due to the make-up of the squad and the team dynamic,” De Villiers told a media gathering.

    The Bok coach made it clear that when Rose played for him at junior level he “won games for South Africa” against top countries like New Zealand and Australia and that he deserves a chance to show that he can also do that at senior level.

    De Villiers also felt that Rose “actually made the difference to the Lions at the end of the season” and he ascribed their improved form in the latter stages of the Currie Cup to much of his contribution.

    “He just needs more chances. He’s a confidence player, and the more he plays, the better he gets,” De Villiers said.

    De Villiers said the two midweek matches on the tour – against Leicester Tigers and Saracens – will also be used to test the next level of players and some of the newcomers a chance to show their worth.

    “I’m from the old school, I like the old style tours where you can breach that gap between the guys who would normally play Tests and the guys would fill in when they are not available.

    “This is a great opportunity to do just that.

    “I think we have a nice blend of experienced players to do the job for us.”

    He admitted that in some cases there may be reason for players to be unhappy – such as Blue Bulls hooker and stand-in captain Derick Kuün, who has played ahead of Bok tourists Chiliboy Ralepelle and Bandise Maku all year.

    “If you look at the first string of players [in those provincial teams], they are the guys who will leave the scene at the same time as our [current] first choice Bok players will leave the scene,” De Villiers explained, suggesting that Kuün won’t be around after Bismarck du Plessis departs.

    “We are looking ahead and we want to remain No.1 for years.

    “So we are trying to breach that gap and we don’t want to be caught with our pants down.

    “There is still life after [the] 2011 [World Cup] and whoever takes the [Bok] team then, we want to leave them a legacy.”

    De Villiers also defended his decision to select players who haven’t got much Super 14 experience.

    “Jean de Villiers made his first Test start before he had played Super 14 rugby. It’s a good risk to take.

    “You can’t describe guys like Bandise Maku as second-stringers. Just look at the quality of guys at the Bulls, Danie Rossouw is also second-choice. They’ve shown when on the field that if they were at other unions, they’d be first-choice.”

    De Villiers also denied that Enrico Januarie’s brush with the law – he had a warrant of arrest issued against his name last week after failing to appear in court on a drunk driving charge – had contributed to his non-selection.

    “It [Januarie's legal woes] had nothing to do with it,” De Villiers told the media.

    Januarie’s misfortune opened the door for the Bulls’ long-serving second-string scrumhalf Heini Adams.

    And the Bulls’ other newcomer, Francois Hougaard, is in the squad as a utility.

    “If you look at how blessed we were with Ruan Pienaar and Frans Steyn, it never ends,” De Villiers said.

    “We’re looking to use him the same way as Ruan and Frans — as a utility back.”

    Another player who will change positions is Lions loosehead prop Heinke van der Merwe, who with Jannie du Plessis will be used as one of captain John Smit’s back-ups at tighthead.

    Although Van der Merwe hasn’t played since undergoing knee surgery in April, De Villiers is confident he will come good on the tour.

    Other selections that raised the eyebrows include Griquas loose forward Davon Raubenheimer and former SA Under-19 captain Alistair Hargreaves.

    Those, along with Maku, effectively the Bulls’ third-choice hooker, are all players De Villiers worked with at junior level.

    “They’re brilliant players and if you were to tick boxes in terms of their ability, three out of four would be ticked.”

  • Comment 52, posted at 02.11.09 08:50:30 by wpw Reply
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  • Nokwe couldn’t even make the Cheetah’s 22……Earl, what has he got on PdV??….Maku, Chilli waste of time when you have Strauss and Liebenberg even Burden

  • Comment 53, posted at 02.11.09 09:00:07 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 51) :

    Muller has been pretty avergae this year.
    Deysel is injured.
    Rory ahead of Adams?? Is jy op tik?? ;-)

  • Comment 54, posted at 02.11.09 09:01:51 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 54) : hey! Don’t accuse people you don’t know me being on drugs :-) it’s hinted at in the rules. Anyway, JJ enjoys protected status here as a Michaelhouse old boy

  • Comment 55, posted at 02.11.09 09:31:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 54) : Daar is not de hell dat heini meer talent het as wat kockett het nie. Ja, muller het average gespeel maar hy het nog die class. Deysel could probably play injured and be better than raubenheimer.

  • Comment 56, posted at 02.11.09 10:06:07 by JJR Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 55) : Shot Rob. Pitty we lost the u21, not enough possesion to create oppurtunities for pat to kick some penalties.

  • Comment 57, posted at 02.11.09 10:07:41 by JJR Reply
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  • There should only be 1 Shark in the team – Hargreaves, the rest need rest. Other than that he could have picked the whole Province and Boland squad for this nothing tour.

  • Comment 58, posted at 02.11.09 10:29:39 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 58) : agree with you. Wolla’s knee does not really need to be dragged around the UK for a month. Muller neither. Sykes has also played a brutal amount of rugby this season.

  • Comment 59, posted at 02.11.09 10:40:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 56) :

    And yet Rory is behind McCleod in the pecking order at the Sharks… :twisted:

  • Comment 60, posted at 02.11.09 10:42:54 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 60) : on what evidence do you base that uninformed opinion?

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