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Brad to face country of birth


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content on 25 Oct 2010 at 16:02
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Former Sharks star Brad Barritt has been called up to the England squad in place of injured centre Riki Flutey, as the senior squad arrived at camp ahead of the year-end international series.

The South African-born centre has been in good form for Saracens this season, and is the logical replacement for the injured Kiwi (calf strain) after he received his first call up to the senior England squad during the mid-year tour to Australia and New Zealand, but is yet to make his Test debut.

The 24-year-old qualifies for England as he holds a U.K. passport and while he did play for South Africa at under 21 level, the Kearsney College old boy was unlucky to miss out on Springbok selection during his Sharks career and South Africa’s loss is England’s gain.

Another South African-born player, Hendre Fourie, will have to wait a little longer for his first England cap after the Leeds Carnegie openside flank was ruled out with bruised ribs. Fourie has been replaced by Northampton Saits’ Tom Wood.

Veteran lock Simon Shaw (calf) and prop David Wilson (back) have also withdrawn from the squad and have been replaced by Dan Ward-Smith and Joe Marler at the training camp.

The omission of former captain Steve Borthwick after the injury sustained by Shaw is further testament to just how far the big lock forward has slipped down in the pecking order this year



52 Comments

  • Guess who Rob will be supporting in the EOYT?? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.10.10 16:08:49 by Pokkel Reply
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  • This is a big loss for the Boks.. And the Sharks..

    Can you imagine having Lambie with Barritt outside him..

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.10.10 16:10:14 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Good luck to him.

    But hope he suffers like the other pasty Poms when we meet them.

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.10.10 16:10:57 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Jeez we screwed up with letting Barrit leave. The guy is absolutely brilliant.

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.10.10 16:12:16 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) :
    For the Boks? Would you play him ahead of JDV or JDJ? I wouldn’t.

    The Sharks did suffer a huge loss when he left though – but even then, he was up against Adi and Fransie, who was playing really well at 12.

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.10.10 16:14:05 by Big Fish Reply
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  • By Blooming time too
    Go Brad

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.10.10 16:14:26 by Fattmann Reply
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  • he`s only 24? :shock:

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.10.10 16:16:52 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 5) : He should have been ahead of meisie kind though :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.10.10 16:17:12 by Greg Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 5) :

    No, for the Sharks..

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.10.10 16:17:24 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 8) :
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    Fully agree. Waylon was never the same when he left – a classical 12.

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.10.10 16:22:10 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 4) : Aren’t you supposed to be playing Kwizical? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.10.10 16:24:32 by rhineshark Reply
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  • If england score against us… I hope it brad!
    I would play brad over JDJ as brad is massive on defense and even got the NZ coaches talking abt his intimidating presence

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.10.10 16:25:03 by kevmaestro Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : well,if lambie leaves for scotland ,then you might just see that combo vs aus in 2013

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.10.10 16:25:36 by bergshark Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 10) : did waylon know brad left :???: ..perhaps he didnt,which would explain his sideways runs of the last few seasons .. was trying to find his former teammate :twisted:

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.10.10 16:28:38 by bergshark Reply

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  • @bergshark (Comment 14) : :lol:

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.10.10 16:33:16 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Poms can have him.

    I’d rather have little Wynie. :twisted:

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.10.10 16:54:10 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 16) : :shock: :lol:

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.10.10 17:12:07 by bergshark Reply

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  • Patience was the keyword, he could learn a lot from the ever-green Adi Jacobs ;-)

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.10.10 17:18:21 by Charlie Reply

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  • Old news really. Are we supposed to be surprised? When Barritt left we all knew it was tickets. But who could blame him? He was never going to crack the bok squad. Although obviously more talented at the time…he was a Shark, not a …

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.10.10 17:42:48 by rugbypedia Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 18) : I just hope the ever green Jacobs can do a job for us next year in the super 14 + FS.

    We`re still thin at 13 . . .

    I`m worried about Bosman at 12 already! :evil:

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.10.10 17:45:14 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @kevmaestro (Comment 12) : so jdj is not ‘massive on defence’? Hahahahaha

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.10.10 19:16:22 by Megatron Reply

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  • What a shocker thought he was going to play for the barbarians when I read the articles headline

  • Comment 22, posted at 25.10.10 19:18:30 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 22) : really now, barrit has been with the English-Saxons for a year or two already…personally i have no respect for this guy.

  • Comment 23, posted at 25.10.10 19:25:49 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 23) : he wasn’t called up for the springboks in the past that I know of so by all means he can do as he wish its english sport I don’t have time for! Just look at the cricket team for example

  • Comment 24, posted at 25.10.10 19:36:20 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 24) :
    Love the avatar!

  • Comment 25, posted at 25.10.10 20:45:14 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 24) : what, did he think playing for the Boks was his birthright?

  • Comment 26, posted at 25.10.10 20:51:17 by Megatron Reply

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  • 9.Pienaar
    10.Lambie
    11.Mvovo
    12.Barritt
    13.Murray
    14.Pietersen
    15.Steyn/Ludik

    If Dick hadn’t stuffed around turning masters of specific trades into journeymen of many, and if Plum hadn’t been stuffed around by PdV and Jake, that could have been our backline for this weekend…

    I know, I know – if my aunt had balls she’d be my uncle, and all that, but it’s such a shame to think of all the talent we’ve lost.

  • Comment 27, posted at 25.10.10 21:22:49 by MerckZ Reply

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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 20) : well with Jacobs at 13 we must hope for a 9, 10 & 12 that can provide quality for the outside backs, don’t get to worried about Super 15, the job at hand is on Saturday, GO SHARKS !!!

  • Comment 28, posted at 25.10.10 21:59:24 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 25) : thanks its my tattoo on my shoulder

  • Comment 29, posted at 25.10.10 22:22:42 by Ben Reply
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  • I hope he plays opposite SBW when they face the ABs :twisted:

    Barritt would not make the current Bok squad or Bok 2nd team, so maybe it’s a good thing he up and left.

  • Comment 30, posted at 26.10.10 07:54:40 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 5) : And he was played ahead of Steyn all the time while Steyn was the Bok 12.

    Man I used to rant about that.

  • Comment 31, posted at 26.10.10 07:56:45 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 30) :

    I agree to a certain extent, especially that we have much better centres in SA at the moment. But what a loss he is to the Sharks backline..

  • Comment 32, posted at 26.10.10 07:57:01 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @bergshark (Comment 13) : Lambie will be a Bok on EOYT so he will be tied to SA forever.

  • Comment 33, posted at 26.10.10 07:59:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 28) : who is this jacobs you keep talking about? the sharks don’t have anyone with that surname playing for them. the last jacobs that played for the sharks was adi jacobs, that retired a year or two ago. :lol:

  • Comment 34, posted at 26.10.10 08:02:02 by try time Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 30) :
    Not to break Robbo’s heart, but I do agree. And I personally don’t respect the decision to play for another country. If he does play against us, then I would hope that he suffers like the rest of them.

  • Comment 35, posted at 26.10.10 08:09:59 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 29) : Cool

  • Comment 36, posted at 26.10.10 08:24:36 by Pokkel Reply
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  • I hope Brad performs well, just to show the Bok selectors the finger.

  • Comment 37, posted at 26.10.10 08:29:59 by Jarson Reply
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  • eish guys where can I get some tickets to the final ?? :(

  • Comment 38, posted at 26.10.10 08:40:14 by Uli Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 23) :
    Oh please how can you say that? He has a Brit passport. He has a right to play for them.

  • Comment 39, posted at 26.10.10 08:42:49 by Uli Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 34) : :|

  • Comment 40, posted at 26.10.10 09:00:58 by Charlie Reply

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  • Not one single comment on this thread from Brad’s greatest fan….robdylan are you ill?? :shock:

  • Comment 41, posted at 26.10.10 09:12:04 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 41) : i’m brads biggest fan. and there is nothing to comment about. the player is good, but we have to move on. dries is good (ok nowhere near the same league as brad) and he is also moving on. will have to get used to jlp and bosman trying to weave their magic at 12 next year. it will be good to see brad play well at 12. and i wouldn’t mind seeing him punch holes in jdv or the young. will have to hope mvovo can stop the try. kochner wouldn’t be able to.

  • Comment 42, posted at 26.10.10 09:41:13 by try time Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 41) : Brad and I know where we stand with each other… I don’t need to make comments about him on a blog… even my own!

  • Comment 43, posted at 26.10.10 09:56:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 38) : I know someone who has some to sell…

  • Comment 44, posted at 26.10.10 09:57:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 32) : It was only after he left that most people saw how much he did for the back line.

  • Comment 45, posted at 26.10.10 11:37:06 by lostfish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 35) : I hate the fact that he is playing for the Poms and when he pulls the white jersey on I also hope he suffers along with the rest of them.

    I also think Martin Johnson has been stupid in selecting Flutey ahead of Barritt. Barritt is a far better player than the Kiwi-never-was.

    It also makes you wonder how England with all their money and resources still can’t pick “English” players. These other guys might have British passports and residency but they are not English.

  • Comment 46, posted at 26.10.10 11:41:44 by lostfish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 44) : Rob please check your mail…

  • Comment 47, posted at 26.10.10 11:48:47 by Uli Reply
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  • @bergshark (Comment 14) : :grin:

  • Comment 48, posted at 26.10.10 12:13:33 by rekinek Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 30) :

    After JDV, Barrit is the best South African inside center bar none.
    Tell me who is more impressive than Brad in creating space for the outside backs.

    Lambie and Barrit together at Super 15 would be dynamite.

  • Comment 49, posted at 26.10.10 14:31:29 by Bump Reply

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  • @Bump (Comment 49) : agree

  • Comment 50, posted at 26.10.10 14:38:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Bump (Comment 49) : hey – we got Beast to sign your jersey. Will ship it to you next week

  • Comment 51, posted at 26.10.10 14:40:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 51) :

    Awesome, thanks Rob.

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