Richard Ferguson

Meyer won’t be rushed


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 30 Jan 2012 at 08:00
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Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has made it quite clear that he will select his Bok captain purely on merit, and is in no rush to make that decision.

Meyer told the Rapport newspaper that he will pick a short term captain while getting to know his squad, and assess his decision once he can make an informed decision.

The decision of a short term captain will most likely only be announced before the England tour of South Africa, which is a good few months away, leaving us with little to report on from a Springbok point of view.

It will be interesting to see whether Meyer calls for training camps and the like while the SupeRugby campaign is in full swing, or whether he will only be watching the games from the sidelines and make up his squad like that.

Potential Bok captains include Schalk Burger, Juan Smith (once fully recovered), Jean de Villiers and Pierre Spies.



31 Comments

  • Good, announce after he had a chance to see the candidates in action

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.01.12 08:11:53 by Mutley Reply
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  • Schalk and De Villiers prob won’t make the starting XV (Brussow and Frans Steyn). As awesome as Juan Smith is he’s become seriously injury prone and is 30, and Spies is just plain krap. Not really any candidate that stands out

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.01.12 08:25:27 by RuckingFun Reply
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  • Andries Becker is an option, if he stays fit he’s an almost definite starter…

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.01.12 08:28:36 by The Quirk Reply
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  • We need another young captain, who is respected by everyone.

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.01.12 08:28:49 by Uli Reply
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  • @The Quirk (Comment 3) : Andries Becker , is a wing, and i dont see him getting a place in the team at wing.

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.01.12 08:29:30 by Uli Reply
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  • Bekker even,…

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.01.12 08:31:37 by The Quirk Reply
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  • I like the way that Meyer is approaching this. Not making any major announcements and evaluating the playing field first. I just wonder what his approach will be with overseas based players like Steyn?

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.01.12 08:36:49 by Viking Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 4) :

    baardman !!! hehe

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.01.12 08:38:53 by Zibbie Reply
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  • Good call from Meyer.

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.01.12 08:44:26 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 8) : ;)

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.01.12 08:58:34 by Uli Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 7) : The fact that Steyn’s returning to SA will probably tip the scales in his favour. I reckon Jean de Villiers and Frans Steyn will be selected as the two inside centres for England tests. It can be argued that it would be foolish not to go woth their experience when Meyer only have a week to prepare.

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.01.12 09:29:23 by vanmartin Reply
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  • :twisted: To me there is NO question that the new Bok captian will be Pierre Spies!! Why? He was the only player to be invited to the 2007 RWC as he was not playing. He was also on the RWC winning tour bus!?? His becomming bulls captian is the first step in this direction but now he will be tested first in the SR tournament. Meanwhile, Matfield will return to fill in for him untill he is ready. :twisted:

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.01.12 10:14:19 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 12) :

    so Matfield will play till the next world cup ? Dont think Spies will EVER be ready …

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.01.12 10:21:10 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 11) : Hopefully by the time we need to asseble a squad for England Steyn will be done in France and ready to go. Just hope he keeps performing well. I habe not seen him play since the WC. Only saw him for about 5min this weekend but he did look good.

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.01.12 10:41:25 by Viking Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 11) : Steyn returning to SA?? That’s all hype by his snake, sorry I mean agent, to drive up contract re-negotiations with Racing.

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.01.12 11:03:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 15) : That would be a pity – I thought he was rich enough already :grin:

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.01.12 11:34:10 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 16) : Come now… His agent will never be rich enough…

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.01.12 12:30:38 by The Quirk Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 7) : well I hope he will be looking at overseas based players.

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.01.12 12:33:46 by bergshark Reply

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  • @The Quirk (Comment 17) : read matfield’s book and mentions the same thing re: agents it would seem.

  • Comment 19, posted at 30.01.12 12:35:42 by bergshark Reply

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  • @bergshark (Comment 18) : According to a Rapport interview he will be looking at overseas based players.

    http://www.ruggaworld.com/2012/01/29/meyer-sal-wyd-soek-na-bokke/

  • Comment 20, posted at 30.01.12 12:46:09 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 20) : thanks

  • Comment 21, posted at 30.01.12 12:47:23 by bergshark Reply

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  • @bergshark (Comment 18) : Any names other than Frans Steyn that jumps to mind? Gerhard Mostert perhaps? Jacques Fourie?

  • Comment 22, posted at 30.01.12 12:52:37 by Viking Reply
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  • The obvious choice would be Schalk Burger.

    He is also a certainty in the test side as he can play either 6 or 7.

    The fact Juan Smith hasnt played a test in ages should also count him (Juan) out as an option to lead the side.

    Schalk is the favourite imho.

    Wrt Spies, please no!! :roll: :???:

  • Comment 23, posted at 30.01.12 12:56:40 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 23) : Based on what we know now it would probably be Schala. But should Spies find his form somewhere in PTA then the race would be wide open.

  • Comment 24, posted at 30.01.12 13:19:06 by Viking Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 24) :

    How can any player become Bok captain having not captain at CC or SR level??

    How is that possible?? It’s ludicrous if you ask me.

  • Comment 25, posted at 30.01.12 13:27:30 by wpw Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 20) :

    F’ing great.

    Opens the door for more departures… and gives himself the excuse of ‘quality players who add value’ (or something along those lines) when he includes Gurthro Steenkamp, Bakkies Botha, Fourie du Preez, Jaque Fourie and so forth… Some quality yes but not something we can work with for long.

    Wouldn’t surprise me if Gary Botha snuck into the squad, considering they favored him over Chiliboy a lot of the time.

    Don’t shoot the messenger.

  • Comment 26, posted at 30.01.12 13:29:30 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @hendrikp (Comment 26) : Well, I wouldn’t mind seeing Frans Steyn, Jacques Fourie, Gurthro Steenkamp and Gerhard Mostert as part of the Bok setup again but I’d agree with you on the other names you’ve mentioned

  • Comment 27, posted at 30.01.12 13:50:38 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 26) :

    I think you’re being paranoid.

    We don’t know for certain if Heyneke will select mostly Bulls players.

    Let’s at least give him an opportunity!!

  • Comment 28, posted at 30.01.12 13:57:15 by wpw Reply
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  • Schalk Burger for Skipper. My starting number 7 in Bok jersey. Juan Smith is a legend, but not my first choice number 7 any more… We can become a menace at the rucks in his new role as a number 4. If Juan wants to be a Bok, he will need to lock it. Willem Alberts and to a lesser degree Jean Deysel are far bruising number 7 flanks and are ahead in the Bok race… Even Derek Minnie has a better chance, his tough, dogmatic and seemimgly unbreakable. New dawn for Bok legacy… Bring in the young guns. PS: heartfelt sympathy for Beast – the Republic was expecting a lot from the man. Speedy recovery, come back hungry, come back angry.

  • Comment 29, posted at 30.01.12 14:04:18 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 25) : True but by then Spies would have had time to show what he can do. Its unlikely that he will get the nod but possible :???:

  • Comment 30, posted at 30.01.12 14:44:53 by Viking Reply
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  • :twisted: Juan Smith is the best captain of the selection group now, but his run of bad luck will keep him from being full time captain. They are in need of a captain who LOOKS the part, has good media SKILLS, is COOL headed and is a great ROLE MODEL and will get the youngsters and supporters to feel proud towards the bok jersey. This is a long term project and not about the best player. Spies is a poster boy for all of the above. :twisted:

  • Comment 31, posted at 30.01.12 15:33:16 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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