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Predicted Springbok squad to face the Poms


Written by Ben Venter (Ben)

Posted in :Original Content on 9 May 2018 at 12:11

 

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The following 30 players are the players that I feel should be in the squad to face England here at home.

Props: Steven Kitshoff, Tendai Mtawarira, Wilco Louw, Vincent Koch, Trevor Nyakane(can play LH and TH).

Hookers: Malcolm Marx, Bismack du Plessis.

Locks: Lood de Jager, Franco Mostert, Pieter-Steph du Toit, RG Snyman.

Loose Forwards: Jean-Luc du Preez, Dan du Preez, Siya Kolisi, Nizaam Carr, Warren Whiteley.

Scrumhalves: Ross Cronje, Faf de Klerk.

Flyhalves: Handre Pollard, Elton Jantjies, Robert du Preez Jr.

Centres: Damian de Allende, Andre Esterhuizen, Lukhanyo Am, Jesse Kriel.

Outside Backs: Makazole Mapimpi, Aphiwe Dyanti, Sibusiso Nkosi, Willie le Roux, Warrick Gelant.

 

Following is the team I’d pick from this group to face England in the first test if everyone is fit.

1. Steven Kitshoff, 2. Malcolm Marx, 3. Wilco Louw, 4. Franco Mostert, 5. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6. Siya Kolisi, 7. Jean-Luc du Preez, 8. Warren Whiteley, 9. Faf de Klerk, 10. Handre Pollard, 11. Makazole Mapimpi, 12. Andre Esterhuizen, 13. Lukhanyo Am, 14. Sibusiso Nkosi, 15. Warrick Gelant.

16. Bismarck du Plessis, 17. Tendai Mtawarira, 18. Vincent Koch, 19. Lood de Jager, 20. Dan du Preez, 21. Ross Cronje, 22. Elton Jantjies, 23. Willie le Roux.

 

The Boks are set the face Wales in the US before they square off against the Poms. It is predicted that the Boks will send an experimental team, Wales coach Warren Gatland has already suggested that he will do just that.

Let me know what you think of my team and I’d like to see what team you’d send to America to play against Wales.



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  • Marx out for 6 weeks.

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.05.18 12:19:12 by McLovin Reply
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  • How is whiteleys injury going?

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.05.18 12:19:43 by Dragnipur Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 1) :

    That’s a blow.. Big question is who is next in line? Adriaan Strauss up for unretiring?

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.05.18 12:22:26 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Dragnipur (Comment 2) : Should be back soon.

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.05.18 12:22:31 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) : Think so.

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.05.18 12:22:58 by McLovin Reply

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  • Whitely is probably also running out of time.

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.05.18 12:23:50 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 5) :

    Coz lets be honest, Chilli aint the answer..

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.05.18 12:24:23 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Doubt Esterhuizen will make the side. Just a poor man’s de Allende he is.

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.05.18 12:24:55 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 1) : I’d still play him while he’s injured. :lol:

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.05.18 12:25:32 by Ben Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 8) :

    Much like Damian Willemse is a poor man’s Pat Lambie… I get you…

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.05.18 12:26:08 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 7) : Nope. Cant really think many/any others..

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.05.18 12:26:19 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 11) : We need to build on other hookers. Traditionally there are 3 hookers in a squad though.

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.05.18 12:28:17 by Dunx Reply

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  • Nizaam Carr? Come on dude :roll:

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.05.18 12:29:00 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Geez but scrumhalves in South Africa is a joke.. I mean Ross and Faf..

    Torrid year if those are our starters…

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.05.18 12:29:26 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Dunx (Comment 12) : You are correct.

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.05.18 12:30:08 by Ben Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 14) : I reckon Cam should be the bolter

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.05.18 12:30:26 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 13) : :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.05.18 12:31:49 by Ben Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 16) :

    Reckon both Sharks scrummies could well find themselves in Green and Gold this June.. Whether A team or B team in USA..

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.05.18 12:31:55 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Dunx (Comment 12) : Who else is there? Akker? Mbonambi? God help us all. :|

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.05.18 12:35:25 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 18) : I’d love to see Cameron Wright in the squad. I’ve heard that Faf is playing really well overseas.

  • Comment 20, posted at 09.05.18 12:36:09 by Ben Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) : On form, Strauss, as much as I hate saying that. Watching him play now just confirms to me what a journeyman he has been his whole career – until Mitchell got hold of him that is.

  • Comment 21, posted at 09.05.18 13:09:25 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 9) : Captain? Whitely I presume, then I would question Kolisi’s inclussion because he has been absent this year so far. Somethings bugging that guy behind the scenes.

  • Comment 22, posted at 09.05.18 13:11:41 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 13) : And de Allende?

  • Comment 23, posted at 09.05.18 14:12:26 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Anyone know what kind of form Frans Steyn is in?

  • Comment 24, posted at 09.05.18 14:31:16 by Ben Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 23) : Shoe-in. Best 12 in SA by far at the moment.

  • Comment 25, posted at 09.05.18 14:32:48 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 24) : Cracking form. Reckon Rassie wants to pick him.

  • Comment 26, posted at 09.05.18 14:43:50 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 22) : Yeah, Whiteley for captain. Which other loose forwards have really put their hand up, though?

  • Comment 27, posted at 09.05.18 14:45:46 by Ben Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) : @McLovin (Comment 5) : @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 21) : I’m sure there was news on Strauss saying he’s available if the Bok coach think he can add value. To be honest he’s looking in way better shape than the Teletubbies look he sported last time he played for Bokke. Will see on Saturday if he’s able to tame the “Angry Warthog”!?

  • Comment 28, posted at 09.05.18 15:19:03 by JD Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 25) : yes for sure especially if you pick Schalk at 10!!! :twisted:

  • Comment 29, posted at 09.05.18 15:20:11 by JD Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 27) : On form, I reckon our Ginger is equal to Kolisi. The Bulls have also got one guy that is potent on the ground- cant remember his name and then there he is Marnus Schoeman who will probably not even be looked at because of his size but who has been a thorn in every side he has played against. As good as Kolisi was last year he has been the opposite this year, I cant even say he has been bad but rather just “absent”.

  • Comment 30, posted at 09.05.18 15:21:39 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 29) : Schalk?

  • Comment 31, posted at 09.05.18 15:31:58 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 30) : Roelof Smit?

  • Comment 32, posted at 09.05.18 15:36:37 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 23) : Somebody has to carry the tacklebags :mrgreen:

  • Comment 33, posted at 09.05.18 15:37:07 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 31) : yes the Burger type!

  • Comment 34, posted at 09.05.18 15:41:07 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 34) : Now now. We’re trying to have a serious rugby conversation. ;-) :mrgreen:

  • Comment 35, posted at 09.05.18 15:49:01 by McLovin Reply

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  • Just watched Breytie say he’d pick Leyds on the wing. :shock: They should test him for drugs. :roll:

  • Comment 36, posted at 09.05.18 15:52:51 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 36) : Saw that, had much the same reaction as you.

  • Comment 37, posted at 09.05.18 16:33:54 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 32) : Yes, thats him. he has impressed so far.

  • Comment 38, posted at 09.05.18 16:50:33 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 32) : @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 38) : Roelof is a solid player. But if Rassie’s allowed to pick overseas, why not get the best nr. 6 in the world, Marcell Coetzee? Is he injured?

  • Comment 39, posted at 09.05.18 18:19:26 by Quintin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 8) : now theres an insult

  • Comment 40, posted at 09.05.18 18:26:13 by byron Reply

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  • Well if he was ready I would have given Marcell Coetzee a call. He has really monstered up, not that he was small before. But sheesh he looks like a tank had a baby with an oak tree. Would hate to get in his way.

  • Comment 41, posted at 09.05.18 18:34:29 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Quintin (Comment 39) : Marcell still out injured.

  • Comment 42, posted at 09.05.18 18:34:55 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Have they dropped the 30 Bok cap requirement for overseas players? I recall Marcell was just 2 short when he left for Ireland

  • Comment 43, posted at 09.05.18 18:38:53 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • I reckon that Rassie will be at loftus on sat to watch the game.

  • Comment 44, posted at 09.05.18 18:40:08 by Dunx Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 27) : Ruan Ackermann has been brilliant for Gloucester this season. Could be a dark horse for a call up, unless he nails his colours to the England mast!

  • Comment 45, posted at 09.05.18 19:30:59 by Villie Reply
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  • Both Faf and Willie Le Roux have won top awards from their UK clubs. Been outstanding and given the dearth of quality 9′s and 15s in SA, Rassie would be mad to ignore them

  • Comment 46, posted at 09.05.18 19:34:07 by Villie Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 35) : hahaha did not notice! :twisted:

  • Comment 47, posted at 09.05.18 20:40:56 by JD Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 36) : @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 37) : he did not have a bad game against the Griffons but has a long way to go to even get a place in the Sharks Super rugby match day squad let alone Bok team! Seems as if Breytie is into some Russian grass!!! :twisted:

  • Comment 48, posted at 09.05.18 20:48:19 by JD Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 45) : think that ship has sailed! I’m sure his plan is to play for England rather than Bokke.

  • Comment 49, posted at 09.05.18 20:53:12 by JD Reply
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  • I’d include Lambie, Strauss and Akker (now that Marx will be out). Also Frans Steyn.

    We have a number of players in really good form. Etzebeth should also be ready for the rest series. He’s close to a return apparently.

  • Comment 50, posted at 10.05.18 07:47:28 by StevieS Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 41) :

    Marcell has been injured for the last 3 years.. Hope he still knows how to catch the ball..

  • Comment 51, posted at 10.05.18 08:28:46 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 43) :

    Rassie has dropped this minimum system as far as I know. But I don’t think it is for Marcell to come in, rather others…

  • Comment 52, posted at 10.05.18 08:29:37 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 48) :

    Are you thinking of Dillon Leyds, the Stormers wing, or Zas, the Sharks winger who played against the Griffons…

  • Comment 53, posted at 10.05.18 08:31:08 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Cam at 9 and Marcell are another 2 who could add value.

  • Comment 54, posted at 10.05.18 08:51:24 by StevieS Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 50) : I doubt Lambie will make himself available just yet. He is just now settling in at his new home, and just past the red lights in his recovery.

  • Comment 55, posted at 10.05.18 09:01:17 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 55) : “I would love to play for them again and go to the World Cup next year. I realised moving overseas was maybe going to make it more difficult to play for the Springboks even though there is the 30 Tests rule,” said Lambie who would face competition for a starting place from Handre Pollard.

  • Comment 56, posted at 10.05.18 10:09:14 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 53) : oops!!!! Wasthinking g of Zas!!! :oops:
    But must say I think the same applies for him as I’m not sure I would pick him in a Sharks Super rugby matchday squad.

  • Comment 57, posted at 10.05.18 10:42:18 by JD Reply
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  • Nice article, interesting thread…

  • Comment 58, posted at 10.05.18 12:30:31 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 56) : Well I’m glad to be wrong. He has been very prolific of late. So many good reports of his game possible that he has already surpassed Pollard who to me does not look more than average. In fact I’m Keen to see if Rob jnr gives him a schooling tommorow.

  • Comment 59, posted at 10.05.18 12:40:26 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Suprising sanity from SARU- overseas Bok rule waived and Rassie can pick anyone from anywhere. In our current economic environment this makes the most sense. We are naiive if we belived that only picking local guys would strengthen our local rugby and keep guys in the country. Its a professional game, money talks as with any career.

  • Comment 60, posted at 11.05.18 08:39:02 by SheldonK Reply

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