Richard Ferguson

End of Year Tour – Our squads

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :End of Year Tour, Original Content, Reader Submissions, Springboks on 22 Oct 2013 at 08:30
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In anticipation of the Springbok End of year tour squad announcement this weekend, the backroom Sharksworld users have each put together a team they think should be announced.

The rules were simple, any players, anywhere can be selected to the point of 30 members. You can allow overseas players or you can decide to rest certain stars.

Each team is listed below, but I will give a short summary of the thinking behind the team. Firstly, Wesley has gone for an experienced squad including most of the players that have done duty during the Rugby Championship, opting not to rest too many players.

Charl opted for an inexperienced backline, resting key individuals while allowing certain big names to make a comeback into the Green and Gold. Clayton opted for much the same approach as Wes, choosing the best available players and rewarding some younger players with a fair amount of recent form.

Andre Meyer’s team was the simplest of all, selecting the Sharks team that did duty this last weekend, adding Jean de Villiers, to not seem too biased towards the Black and White.

My own team was selected without any overseas players, with the exception of JP Pietersen, who will be back in South Africa as soon as the Super Rugby season starts. I have allowed some grace in terms of new players, and believe from a rumour that I have heard that Arno Botha will in fact be in the squad to travel to Europe.

Wesley’s team:

Props: Beast Mtawarira, Steven Kitshoff, Pat Cilliers, Coenie Oosthuizen
Hookers: Bismarck du Plessis, Adrian Strauss, Scarra Ntubeni
Lock forwards: Eben Etzebeth, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Juandre Kruger, Flip van der Merwe
Loosies: Francois Louw, Willem Alberts, Siya Kolisi, Duane Vermeulen, Marcell Coetzee
Scrummies: Louis Schreuder, Ruan Pienaar, Fourie du Preez
Flyhalves: Morne Steyn, Demetri Catrakilis,
Wings: Raymond Rhule, Willie le Roux, Bryan Habana
Centres: Jan Serfontein, Frans Steyn, Juan De Jongh, JJ Engelbrecht
Fullbacks: Zane Kirchner, Pat Lambie

Charl’s team:

Looseheads: Steven Kitshoff, Coenie Oosthuizen
Hookers: Bismarck du Plessis, Adrain Strauss, Scarra Ntubeni
Tightheads: Lourens Adriaanse,Frans Malherbe
Locks: Eben Etzebeth, PS du Toit, Bakkies Botha, Lood de Jager
Loosies: Marcell Coetzee, Jean Deysel,Duane Vermeulen, Siya Kolisi, Deon Fourie, Francois Louw.
Scrumhalves: Charl McLeod, Rory Kockett, Piet van Zyl
Flyhalves: Pat Lambie, Demetri Catrikilis
Centres: Damian de Allende, Juan de Jongh, JJ Engelbrecht
Wings: Gio Aplon, JJ Pietersen, Willie le Roux, Lwazi Mvovo
Fullback: Frans Steyn

Clayton’s team:

Looseheads: Beast Mtawarira, Steven Kitshoff, Coenie Oosthuizen
Hookers: Adrian Strauss, Bismarck du Plessis , Scarra Ntubeni
Tightheads: Lourens Adriaanse, Frans Malherbe, Wiehahn Herbst
Locks: Eben Etzebeth, Flip van der Merwe, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Franco van der Merwe
Flanks: Francois Louw, Duane Vermuelen, Schalk Burger, Willem Alberts , Boom Prinsloo, Derick Minnie
Scrumhalves: Fourie du Preez, Jano Vermaak, Ruan Pienaar
Flyhalves: Pat Lambie, Morne Steyn
Wings: Bryan Habana, Lwazi Mvovo, Willie le Roux, Anthony Volmink
Centres: Frans Steyn, JJ Engelbrecht, Johann Sadie, Juan de Jongh
Fullback: Gio Aplon

Andre Meyer’s team:

Props: Beast Mtawarira, Jannie du Plessis, Dale Chadwick, Wiehahn Herbst
Hookers: Bismarck du Plessis, Kyle Cooper
Locks: Pieter-Steph du Toit, Peet Marais, Stephan Lewies,
Loose forwards: Jean Deysel, Willem Alberts, Keegan Daniel, Jacques Botes, Marcell Coetzee
Scrumhalves: Charl McLeod, Cobus Reinach
Flyhalves: Pat Lambie, Fred Zeilinga
Centres: Jean de Villiers, Tim Whitehead, Frans Steyn, Heimar Williams
Wings: Lwazi Mvovo, Odwa Ndungane
Fullbacks: SP Marais, Louis Ludik

Richard’s team:

Props: Coenie Oosthuizen, Pat Cilliers, Lourens Adriaanse, Steven Kitshoff
Hookers: Bismarck du Plessis, Adrian Strauss, Scarra Ntubeni
Locks: Pieter-Steph du Toit, Eben Etzebeth, Franco van der Merwe, Flip van der Merwe
Loose Forwards: Willem Alberts, Siya Kolisi, Marcell Coetzee, Duane Vermeulen, Jean Deysel, Arno Botha
Scrumhalves: Piet van Zyl, Charl McLeod
Flyhalves: Pat Lambie, Demetri Catrakilis
Centres: Jean de Villiers, Jan Serfontein, JJ Engelbrecht, Juan de Jongh
Wings: JP Pietersen, Raymond Rhule, Lwazi Mvovo,
Fullbacks: Frans Steyn, Gio Aplon


  • Rory Kockett simply cant be overlooked anymore, the same can be said about Demetri Catrakilis.

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.10.13 08:40:12 by Uli Reply
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  • Lol Andre Meyer. That is flippen funny.
    I like how Jean De Villiers makes an appearance in that side.

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.10.13 08:42:48 by John Galt Reply

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  • @John Galt (Comment 2) : I’ve just realize I omitted JPP from my side; that’s never going to work. Looks like I’ll have to drop JDV to make space after all

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.10.13 08:46:47 by Culling Song Reply
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  • :lol: :lol: @Culling Song (Comment 3) : good one!Im assuming you are Andre Meyer. Doing your best to impersonate a Blue Bulls/Province supporter?

    Richards team is probably the best.

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.10.13 08:57:46 by Talent Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 4) : Unfortunately I melt in the rain, so I have to prove my loyalty to the Sharks in other ways :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.10.13 09:04:12 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Picking a squad always leaves so much room for debate. In every end of year squad there is always 1 or 2 bolters and 1 or 2 big ommissions. So who will those bolters or ommissions be this year? Will Catrakilis get a look in or will Janjies be back? Goosen/ Ebersohn? Any of the Cheetahs back row? Deon Fourie? Trevor Nyankane? Will he pick Habana, Kirchner, Burger?

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.10.13 09:25:53 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 6) :

    Deon Fourie could be one of those bolters..

    It all really depends on his rotation policy for this tour. Does he stick with Jannie having to play another 240 minutes of rugby?

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.10.13 09:28:19 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 7) : to be honest i think he will be too scared to leave Jannie out. Remember the end of year tour a couple years ago when our 2nd choice front rowers got humiliated big time, i dont know if he would take that chance. I agree with you about Deon Fourie, even possibly Boom Prinsloo. But remember the way the rucks are reffed up north are a lot different! Up there its all about numbers flooding the breakdown and falling over the ball which they seem to allow. So Hyneke could go with bigger players in his loose trio and locks.

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.10.13 09:39:52 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 8) :

    If Jannie does go, he shouldn’t play the first game (Against Scotland), and only play 40 minutes a match against Wales and France.

    We need this guy to just have a little rest, even if it does a half a game here and there. His replacement, that is the concern..

    As for Fourie, I hear what you are saying, and if Arno Botha is in fact going on tour, it doesn’t leave a lot of space for Fourie. Alberts being back from injury allows him to go, and I might even go as far as saying that Deysel has had a good enough season to potentially be there, but only if Francois Louw is not playing..

    A lot of ifs and buts – will be an interesting squad either way!

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.10.13 09:44:37 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Culling Song clearly knows his rugby :cool:

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.10.13 10:00:35 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 9) : Personally i dont think any player that isnt 100% fit should go. So Alberts should rest, so should Deysel, Arno Botha, Goosen, and Jannie definitely needs a massive break! Taking guys on tour that are semi fit is only going to cause trouble if those guys break down early in a game or arent up to speed. I dont want to cheapen Bok caps but we have to see hw good the next in line is in case heaven forbid injuries force them to be our number 1s. But its easy for me to say rest players- the Bok results dont influence my paycheck as they do Hyneke’s

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.10.13 10:02:00 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 11) : Arno and Goosen needs to rest? Why, they’ve barely played any rugby!

    I wouldn’t take Goosen because he hasn’t played ENOUGH rugby.

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.10.13 10:04:34 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 12) : Sorry by saying rest i meant not go because they are not match fit or carrying niggles etc. Jannie has over played so just needs rest. The others need more conditioning. To take semi fit guys to play NH tests is such a gamble.

  • Comment 13, posted at 22.10.13 10:20:19 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Mine:

    Props: Beast Mtawarira, Coenie Oosthuizen, Lourens Adriaanse, Frans Malherbe
    Hookers: Bismarck du Plessis, Adriaan Strauss, Scarra Ntubeni
    Locks: Eben Etzebeth, Flip van der Merwe, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Lood de Jager
    Loose-forwards: Francois Louw, Marcell Coetzee, Willem Alberts, Jean Deysel, Duane Vermeulen
    Scrumhalves: Fourie du Preez, Rory Kockott, Piet van Zyl
    Flyhalves: Patrick Lambie, Morné Steyn, Fred Zeilinga (to learn but not play, like the ABs are doing)
    Centres: Jean de Villiers, Jan Serfontein, Damian de Allende, JJ Engelbrecht
    Wings: Bryan Habana, JP Pietersen, Willie le Roux, Cheslin Kolbe (to cover fullback as well)
    Fullbacks: Francois Steyn

  • Comment 14, posted at 22.10.13 13:28:46 by David12246 Reply

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  • @David12246 (Comment 14) :

    Interesting point you make regarding the ‘apprentice’ player that the All Blacks take along.

    I like it in theory, not sure if it is really worth the money having extra players go with the squad, only to sit there and hold tackle bags.

    Surely this should only be done on home tours / incoming tours?

    And then, next question, who do we take along as an Apprentice Player? Cheslin Kolbe?

  • Comment 15, posted at 22.10.13 13:32:08 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @David12246 (Comment 14) : At this stage the Greek should be ahead of Fred.

  • Comment 16, posted at 22.10.13 13:56:27 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 16) : And to think that a few over-zealous supporters were insisting that Fred has already trumped Lambie in the pecking order after one standout game. Wonder where the lot of them disappeared to? It’s been awfully quiet on that front since. :grin:

  • Comment 17, posted at 22.10.13 14:46:52 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Man there are some shocking squads there……retaining deadwood like Kirchner, Morne, Pienaar, Juandre Kruger and Franco v/d Merwe, smacks of rugby ignorance as are the inclusions of the likes of Cilliers, de Jongh and co. du Preez is not available for selection.

    My informed squad would be:

    15. Willie / SP Marais

    14/11. Habana / JP / Rhule

    13/12. Jean / JJ / Frans / Serfontein / de Allende

    10. Goosen / Lambie

    9. v/Zyl / Reinach

    1/3. Beast / Coenie / Kitshoff / Malherbe / Nkanyane

    2. Bismark / Strauss / Chiliboy

    4/5. Etzebeth / PSDT / de Jager / Willemse

    6/7/8. Vermeulen / Kolisi / Coetzee / Elstadt / Labascagne / Brussouw

    My biggest call would be asking Irish based loosie CJ Stander to join the squad.

  • Comment 18, posted at 22.10.13 23:19:32 by Saffex Reply

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  • of all available (and correct me if I make mistakes in that regard.

    du preez, Habana, etc unavailable..SO

    1. Beast/Coenie IS NOT A TIGHTHEAD
    2. Bissie/Adriaan
    3. Jannie/Louwrens/Nyakane (if he has sorted himself out)
    4. Eben
    5. PSDT/Flip
    6. Louw/Fourie (wont happen)- should have Brussow but wont
    7. Kolisi/(long list of blindsides. dont care who)
    8. Vermeulen/EISH where are the others??
    9. Pienaar/Kockott or Vermaak
    10. Lambie/Catrakilis (Goose needs game time)
    11. Aplon/Rhule
    12. Jean (used sparingly)/Serfontein (too get a fair amount of game time)
    13. JJ/de Jongh
    14. JP/Mvovo
    15. Willie le Roux

  • Comment 19, posted at 23.10.13 06:08:56 by pienaar111 Reply

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  • @Culling Song (Comment 5) : :lol: haha!

  • Comment 20, posted at 23.10.13 06:31:43 by Talent Reply
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  • @Saffex (Comment 18) : Rubbish dude, the players you picked are way to small…

    Smacks of Rugby ignorance! Pity you fool

  • Comment 21, posted at 23.10.13 06:32:57 by Talent Reply
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  • @Saffex (Comment 18) : Personally I would go with;
    Du Toi

  • Comment 22, posted at 23.10.13 06:45:51 by Talent Reply
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  • Jantjies at 10

  • Comment 23, posted at 23.10.13 06:49:03 by Talent Reply
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  • @Saffex (Comment 18) : Agree absolutely! If it wasn’t for that Andre Meyer dude’s squad, this exercise would be completely lacking in credibility. Pathetic!


  • Comment 24, posted at 23.10.13 10:07:15 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Funny….some say they’re informed and then they pick sp marais and reinach. Are we gonna give every nr9 in sa a chance….

  • Comment 25, posted at 23.10.13 12:08:31 by KingsArmy Reply

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  • Also think L Adriaanse and F Malerbe should get some game time. Think d fourie plays better than m coetzee, but they won’t swop now. A botha have also gone on tour without playing, so that’s nothing new now…..all blacks not as clever as they think they are…..botha can cover 7and8, deysel just a nr7

  • Comment 26, posted at 23.10.13 12:18:36 by KingsArmy Reply

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  • @pienaar111 (Comment 19) : I like. ..

  • Comment 27, posted at 23.10.13 12:19:46 by Franshark Reply
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  • Too many people get excited about the watered down cc….like applon that plays well or kolbe. In superrugby stormers didn’t play that well or score a lot of tries. Also its not about who plays well now, but who plays well now and who can be worldclass by 2015. Also players who can cover more than one position will come in handy by 2015

  • Comment 28, posted at 23.10.13 12:31:11 by KingsArmy Reply

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  • Firstly I don’t think players should be rested at international, but in SA it is what it is: props:beast,coenie,trevor. And l adriaanse, f malerbe. Hooker:bosvark,struase, chillieboy. Lock: etzebeth,flip,du toit,lood de jager. Loose:flow,kolisi,alberts,botha,vermeulen. Nr9:vermaak,van zyl,pienaar. Nr10:damitri,lambie,goosen. Senter:jdv,jan,damein,jj. Wing:habana,basson,rhule,gio. Nr15:willie,steyn

  • Comment 29, posted at 23.10.13 12:40:58 by KingsArmy Reply

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