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Wales announce team to host Boks


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 1 Jun 2010 at 18:58
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James Hook will start for Wales against South Africa at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday after making a last minute plea to the coaches to let him play.

Rugby 365 reports that Hook will undergo surgery on a shoulder problem after Wales face the world champion Springboks and will not travel for the two-Test tour of New Zealand with the rest of the squad later in June.

But the winner of the Welsh Rugby Writer’s player of the year award, who helped the Ospreys lift the Magners League title in Leinster at the weekend, is desperate to represent his country one more time before he goes under the knife.

Hook continues his midfield partnership with Blues centre Jamie Roberts in a side which shows just three changes, plus one positional switch, from the one which finished the Six Nations Championship with a 33-10 victory over Italy in March.

In the backs, Leigh Halfpenny comes in on the wing, in place of Ospreys star Shane Williams, who has withdrawn from the squad and the tour with shoulder problems, with Wales’s youngest international, Tom Prydie, switching wings to win his second cap and allowing Halfpenny to feature on the right-wing.

And there are just two changes up front with Blues second-row Deiniol Jones replacing Dragon Luke Charteris and in the front-row Ospreys prop Paul James replaces the Blues’ Gethin Jenkins.

“James is desperate to play and it just shows how much it means to him to put that red jersey on,” said Wales head coach Warren Gatland.

“We are obviously delighted have him and would particularly like to thank Scott Johnson and Andrew Hore at the Ospreys who have helped to make it possible.

“You only have to look at the man-of-the-match and player of the year awards James has been picking up to see what a great asset he is to any team and we will be facing the World Champions a stronger team because of his involvement.

“We are very much looking forward to the challenge of facing the number one team in the world at the Millennium Stadium in the glorious summer sunshine in front of our home crowd on Saturday afternoon.”

On the bench, Andy Powell completes his return from the calf injury which kept him out of the Blues back row towards the end of the season and for their recent Amlin Challenge Cup success, and is joined by four Ospreys – hooker Huw Bennett, lock Alun Wyn Jones, flyhalf Dan Biggar and centre Andrew Bishop and two Blues colleagues, prop John Yapp and scrumhalf Richie Rees.

“James wants to play and it has come out of the blue for us but we are delighted,” said Wales assistant coach Rob Howley.

“He may feel he has unfinished business against the Springboks having retired early from the Lions tour due to injury, but we very much welcome his enthusiasm and are pleased to be able to form that midfield partnership of James and Jamie [Roberts].”

Newport Gwent Dragons wing Will Harries has also been called up to the squad from the standby list to replace the injured Shane Williams and will join the tour of New Zealand.

Said Howley: “Will has been going extremely well in training and he is a real young talent, one of the uncapped players to be making the trip and he will hopefully learn a lot and continue to put pressure on the rest of the back three.”

Wales: 15 Lee Byrne, 14 Leigh Halfpenny, 13 James Hook, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Tom Prydie, 10 Stephen Jones, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Ryan Jones (captain), 7 Sam Warburton, 6 Jonathan Thomas, 5 Deiniol Jones, 4 Bradley Davies, 3 Adam Jones, 2 Matthew Rees, 1 Paul James.
Replacements: 16 Huw Bennett, 17 John Yapp, 18 Alun Wyn Jones, 19 Andy Powell, 20 Richie Rees, 21 Dan Biggar, 22 Andrew Bishop.



36 Comments

  • Far from the “young side” they were going to field. a LOT of big names (by Welsh standards :razz: ) in there.

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.06.10 19:01:42 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • South Africa: 15 Frans Steyn, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Butch James, 11 Odwa Ndungane, 10 Ruan Pienaar, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Joe van Niekerk, 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Danie Rossouw, 3 BJ Botha, 2 John Smit (captain), 1 CJ van der Linde.
    Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Jannie du Plessis, 18 Alistair Hargreaves, 19 Ryan Kankowski, 20 Meyer Bosman, 21 Juan de Jongh, 22 Bjorn Basson.

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.06.10 19:02:39 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Now that both teams have been announced I can make my Superbru pick. :cool:

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.06.10 19:03:10 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Sharksworld Superbru pool

    Website: http://www.superbru.com/wintertours
    Pool code: snipsouk
    Pool name: Sharksworld

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.06.10 19:03:46 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : on the other thread is B J is not in the SB :?:
    Sorry me not been in so only asking

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.06.10 20:41:05 by chaz Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : i’m in so beware chaz is on the look out :lol:
    me need a cup if you know what i mean :roll:

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.06.10 20:42:30 by chaz Reply
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  • KSA
    Thanks for replying to my email re: the Superbru pool, etc… :evil:

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.06.10 21:48:52 by wpw Reply
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  • :mrgreen: GO SA GO :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.06.10 11:39:10 by chaz Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : Im just surprised the Welsh aren’t insisting that SA pick Earl Rose… he usually tends to be the oppositions best player after all!

    Also, it seems we’ve been lull’d into a space of acceptance… Why on this green earth is Chillibush still in the mix… if not for the other reason? He’s not up to this and hasn’t played enough…

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.06.10 11:51:56 by SandTiger Reply

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  • Go Bokke :!: :!: :!:

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.06.10 11:52:26 by JarsonX Reply
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  • I believe I have finished in 33rd position in Fantasy League :cool: Much better than last year’s CC :oops:

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.06.10 11:54:41 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 11) : i’m not even going into that :cry:

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.06.10 11:57:42 by chaz Reply

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  • @JarsonX (Comment 11) : well ok for my frist time in the FL i am 4 places under war 1 not bad for a beginner

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.06.10 12:01:19 by chaz Reply

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  • @chaz (Comment 13) : war1 is atleast 20 down from me :razz:

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.06.10 12:56:14 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 14) : 55th place is Kanaan (War 1 94th) and (sharks revenge 98th place) unless the updates are not in which i think they are :oops: ;-)

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.06.10 13:46:55 by chaz Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : When exactly should I submit the password? Should I give it to the big bloke at the door?

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.06.10 16:27:17 by SandTiger Reply

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  • @SandTiger (Comment 16) : once u have registered you can go to ‘join a pool’ or ‘search for a pool’ either way u will get an option to enter a poolcode

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.06.10 16:33:14 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 17) : did all that… now someone needs to accept me :cry:

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.06.10 16:38:10 by SandTiger Reply

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  • @SandTiger (Comment 18) : you can make your picks it will register, ksa will accept you soon.

  • Comment 19, posted at 02.06.10 16:52:25 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Jarson
    Thanks for the congrats I received from you for finishing runner up in your T20 CWC pool! :roll: :evil:

  • Comment 20, posted at 02.06.10 17:13:03 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 7) :

    WHAT email?????????????

  • Comment 21, posted at 02.06.10 17:18:29 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • To igamil adressi!! :grin:

  • Comment 22, posted at 02.06.10 17:20:16 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 22) :

    nope nothing.

  • Comment 23, posted at 02.06.10 17:40:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Website: http://www.superbru.com/wintertours
    Pool code: snipsouk
    Pool name: Sharksworld

  • Comment 24, posted at 02.06.10 17:42:38 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Nkosi

  • Comment 25, posted at 02.06.10 17:45:57 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 20) : I left a message on the banterboard :wink: Congrats dude, very well done. Now u can also join my Winter Rugby pool.

  • Comment 26, posted at 02.06.10 18:54:46 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 24) : Your F1 Sucks :wink: :lol: Like my T20 did :oops:

  • Comment 27, posted at 02.06.10 18:56:03 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Thanks bru!! :cool:

  • Comment 28, posted at 02.06.10 19:08:08 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 28) :

    DUDE!!!!!!!!!!!!! You bitch at me for YOU not seeing the SB poolcode for the Winter tours that has been posted on the site about 10 times and now after you HAVE the code you STILL haven’t entered?????????? WTF??????????

    you bloody player agent!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :razz:

  • Comment 29, posted at 02.06.10 19:15:29 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Hehehe
    Ok, ok! Will register now!! :lol:

  • Comment 30, posted at 02.06.10 19:21:21 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 30) :

    You’ve been approved. :razz:

  • Comment 31, posted at 02.06.10 19:33:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I just spent an hour listening to Mr. Scott Gibbs spreading filthy rumours about the Welsh Rugby team’s ability to win on Saturday… surely I can report the man to the BCCSA!!

  • Comment 32, posted at 03.06.10 23:38:14 by SandTiger Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 31) : you should keep him in suspense a bit longer ;-)

  • Comment 33, posted at 04.06.10 08:59:16 by rekinek Reply
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  • @SandTiger (Comment 32) : absolutely, especially that kids could have been watching.

  • Comment 34, posted at 04.06.10 09:00:15 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 33) : :x :evil:

  • Comment 35, posted at 04.06.10 09:03:56 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 35) : good morning to you too :grin:

  • Comment 36, posted at 04.06.10 09:12:38 by rekinek Reply
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