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News from the Bok camp – Updated with PSdT news


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :In the news, Original Content, Springboks on 21 Jul 2015 at 12:12
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There are a few news titbits going around from within the Bok camp and I thought it a good idea to summarise them into one article, so here goes.

Firstly, it was announced yesterday afternoon that coach Heyneke Meyer has called up Flip van der Merwe to cover the second row after the injury to Victor Matfield. Matfield is set to miss this weekend’s action, but there is no further news at this stage regarding the seriousness of his injury.

Speaking of injury, Meyer was also quoted as saying that Marcell Coetzee may miss this weekend’s match. Details on his injury is also limited, with the news only mentioning that his ligaments are intact. We have seen him tweet that it was merely a lammie, but we still cannot be sure if he will start this weekend.

Looking forward to the All Black game, a decision will have to be made on who will lead the team. Meyer said that a decision would be released later on Tuesday, but I can guarantee that it will not be Jean de Villiers.

Jean played 60 minutes for Western Province against the Pumas this weekend, and will again be in the Province midfield this weekend, when they face the Kings. De Villiers has requested to play the full game but WP coach John Dobson has said that his involvement will again be limited to 60 minutes.

UPDATE – Piet-Steph du Toit also joined the Springbok camp yesterday. The second row took a knock last weekend when Victor Matfield lasted only a few minutes on the park, but news of Flip and Piet-Steph joining the team does make matters better. We are not sure exactly how du Toit is doing or how close he is to being involved, but the fact that he is with the squad is an indication that he will be in the reckoning come World Cup squad time.

That’s it for now, once we have that captain announcement, I will update you.



41 Comments

  • got to be Schalk

    pity Planet not called up. Niether Lood or Flip a 5

    PSDT still too far away from playing test rugby. Would he be given club or CC games to rid the rust?

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.07.15 12:14:29 by Kabouter Reply
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  • @Kabouter (Comment 1) : I was surprised that Flip was not in the original squad but agreed on your comments regarding Wentzel. Experience, leadership and the required lineout prowess all there in one ‘matured’ package, just the way Meyer prefers his no. 5 locks :twisted:

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.07.15 12:41:48 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Updated the article with news of Piet-Steph du Toit…

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.07.15 13:02:25 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • P**S at flank?

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.07.15 14:17:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : Which P**S is that,

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.07.15 14:46:25 by The hound Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) :

    huh?

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.07.15 14:47:10 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : @The hound (Comment 5) : @Richard Ferguson (Comment 6) : Probably PSdT, Rob is unlikely to ever forgive the oke. :shock:

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.07.15 15:11:46 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 7) : He’s not the only one,kinda like to wish him good luck in a theatrical way myself,if you get my drift.

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.07.15 15:13:22 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 8) : I’m all over that. I just wish he stays injury free and becomes a Bok legend because he’s going to be THAT good!

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.07.15 15:22:34 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 9) : My money is on Lood also of he can go a few years without injury.

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.07.15 15:32:47 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 5) :/think it’s the one that will never be mentioned again!!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.07.15 15:36:58 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 11) : Yup was a bit harsh I withdraw that

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.07.15 16:05:04 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 12) : ja think maybe all of us is a bit harsh on the young man.

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.07.15 16:11:59 by JD Reply
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  • PSdT could probably do the job at flank with his workrate and mobility but it would be silly to use him there if he’s available and we’re in need of a number 5 lock. Then again, Teboho is now considered lock cover too so who knows how this is going to go down.

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.07.15 16:28:41 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 13) : Nah already forgotten about him. Hope he makes the bok team though can’t see us using oupa mat field to win another cup. Not that he would be able to make any tackles beyond first 20 minutes. If we had flip lood Eben and pieter steph we would be solid at lock.

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.07.15 16:31:02 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Burger announced as bok captain.

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.07.15 17:01:37 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 16) : Bad news for Warren I’m afraid

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.07.15 17:18:35 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 17) : Surely Schalk can play 7 if Marcell is out.

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.07.15 17:27:28 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 18) : Marcell is only ever out to give another player a chance

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.07.15 17:33:01 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 18) : That injury would have been season ending for someone else and Marcell calls it a lammie. The guy probably snorts kryptonite for fun.

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.07.15 17:35:11 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 19) : When Marcell blinks, the world ceases to exist for that instant. Good thing he never needs to blink

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.07.15 17:35:19 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 19) : If Marcell plays I’d play him at 6, Schalk at 7 and Warren at 8.

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.07.15 17:35:56 by Ben Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 17) : Unless Marcell doesn’t play…in which case Schalk will play 7 and Warren 8?

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.07.15 17:52:53 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 23) : Oops…too late!

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.07.15 17:53:46 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 22) : @pastorshark (Comment 23) : I like the loose trio that started against the Ozzie’s!!! I would only make a change if one of them is injured!!! Hope they get some game time together.

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.07.15 19:29:43 by JD Reply
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  • Probable Boks – 15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Schalk Burger (c), 6 Francois Louw, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Beast Mtawarira.

    Subs: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Flip van der Merwe, 20 Heinrich Brüssow, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Cornal Hendricks.

  • Comment 26, posted at 21.07.15 19:54:34 by grant10 Reply

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  • @grant10 (Comment 26) : Let’s be positive and believe that even HM has enough sense to play Lambie this weekend…otherwise, I’m turning off my TV and waiting for the CC to start!

  • Comment 27, posted at 21.07.15 20:52:28 by HeinF Reply

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  • @HeinF (Comment 27) : Above team was how Boks trained today

  • Comment 28, posted at 21.07.15 21:24:49 by grant10 Reply

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  • @grant10 (Comment 28) : great to see not lots of changes. Let’s hope Marcell is fit and can play!!!

  • Comment 29, posted at 21.07.15 21:54:02 by JD Reply
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  • @HeinF (Comment 27) :

    HEAR HEAR! THAT GOES FOR ME TOO!

  • Comment 30, posted at 21.07.15 23:38:29 by Den Reply

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  • Please can admin change the picture on the log in page. PSDT’s face is smack bang in the centre of it.

    I’m Sharks over Boks so PSDT will not be forgiven for a while yet. Maybe never, the fickle turncoat.

  • Comment 31, posted at 22.07.15 04:31:59 by Orlok Tsubodai Reply

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  • @Den (Comment 30) : Yup I second that!

  • Comment 32, posted at 22.07.15 06:46:52 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 18) : Besides I would rather have Warren out than Marcell.

  • Comment 33, posted at 22.07.15 06:48:46 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 33) : say what ?

  • Comment 34, posted at 22.07.15 07:06:59 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @grant10 (Comment 26) : well we are going to loose … but at least Whitley will get to start a test

  • Comment 35, posted at 22.07.15 07:07:32 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @grant10 (Comment 28) : Guess it was too much to hope for some common sense from HM. Wonder what Pollard must do to actually get dropped. This is the second time Lambie ended the previous year as the no1 choice flyhalf and then for no reason, is suddenly backup again the next year to a clearly inferior no10

  • Comment 36, posted at 22.07.15 07:27:22 by HeinF Reply

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  • Colonel Integrity….let’s hope his family doesn’t suddenly get an urge to move to NZ, he might decide that “family” is more important than Bok rugby :razz:

  • Comment 37, posted at 22.07.15 08:07:07 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @HeinF (Comment 36) : Right or wrong, HM has decided to back Pollard. So the more game time he gets to settle, the better. HM knows what Lambie brings to the game, and also Morne Steyn.

    Hence he can give Pollard time, to get his game together, and confidence. In fairness Pollard has the game to shine at test level. He showed it against the AB’s last year, and he showed it as a Junior bok.

    I like Lambie too, he is a very cool, calm and skilled player. One must ask though why he hasn’t nailed down the 10 spot under various bok coaches? He is always used more as an all rounder. Not seen as exciting enough from 15, not big enough for 12, and isn’t nailing down 10.

    I understand the provincial bias though, it is what we are :grin:

  • Comment 38, posted at 22.07.15 08:21:34 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 38) : me bias…never ;)
    Pollard isn’t terrible and has a lot of potential, but he is defnitely not a better 10 than lambie atm. My only question is, would meyer still back pollard if he was 10kg lighter? I’m just so fed-up with this culture we have,whrlere the bigger the player,the better he is. I’m still very sure pollard missed atleast 4 tackles saturday,bit like you said, meyer has decided to stick with him…i’m just nit happy with his choice ;)

  • Comment 39, posted at 22.07.15 12:21:55 by HeinF Reply

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  • @HeinF (Comment 39) : Lol, I think if we look at where Pollard is in his career, comparatively to Lambie, he is certainly a prospect that can grow. Lambie a great player, and as you say, the size issue is real. And believe me, its not only with the boks. International FH have to defend the channel against 100kg plus flankers, and mostly the centres are as heavy, and a bit faster, so even though Lambie doesn’t shy away from tackles, he rarely dominates in the tackle in that channel. We are just lucky to have a player of his calibre covering in the backline, and HM knows that.

  • Comment 40, posted at 22.07.15 14:55:30 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 40) : I’ve rarely seen Pollard dominate in the tackle.

  • Comment 41, posted at 22.07.15 14:58:52 by Ben Reply
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