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Kolisi named Bok captain


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 28 May 2018 at 09:15
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Rassie Erasmus has appointed Siya Kolisi Springbok captain for the three test series against England starting 9 June, while Pieter-Steph du Toit will captain the side to face Wales in the US.

The 26 man squad to face Wales was also announced with 13 uncapped players in the squad.

Forwards (16):
Nizaam Carr (loose forward, DHL Stormers, 5, 0)
Dan du Preez (loose forward, Cell C Sharks, 3, 0)
Pieter-Steph du Toit (lock, DHL Stormers, 32, 20 – 4t)
Thomas du Toit (prop, Cell C Sharks, uncapped)
Jason Jenkins (lock, Vodacom Bulls, uncapped)
Steven Kitshoff (prop, DHL Stormers, 23, 5 – 1t)
Wilco Louw (prop, DHL Stormers, 5, 0)
Frans Malherbe (prop, DHL Stormers, 17, 0)
Bongi Mbonambi (hooker, DHL Stormers, 14, 5 – 1t)
Oupa Mohojé (loose forward, Toyota Cheetahs 18, 0)
Ox Nche (prop, Toyota Cheetahs, uncapped)
Sikhumbuzo Notshe (loose forward, DHL Stormers, uncapped)
Marvin Orie (lock, Emirates Lions, uncapped)
Chiliboy Ralepelle (hooker, Cell C Sharks 23, 5 – 1t)
Kwagga Smith (loose forward, Emirates Lions, uncapped)
Akker van der Merwe (hooker, Cell C Sharks, uncapped)

Backs (10):
Curwin Bosch (utility back Cell C Sharks, 1, 0)
André Esterhuizen (centre, Cell C Sharks, uncapped)
Warrick Gelant (fullback, Vodacom Bulls, 2, 5 – 1t)
Travis Ismaiel (wing, Vodacom Bulls, uncapped)
Elton Jantjies (flyhalf, Emirates Lions, 23, 203 – 2t, 38c, 39p)
Jesse Kriel (centre, Vodacom Bulls, 29, 40 – 8t)
Makazole Mapimpi (wing, Cell C Sharks, uncapped)
Embrose Papier (scrumhalf, Vodacom Bulls, uncapped)
Ivan van Zyl (scrumhalf, Vodacom Bulls, uncapped)
Cameron Wright (scrumhalf, Cell C Sharks, uncapped)



57 Comments

  • A young team, but a good balance to it.

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.05.18 09:25:56 by StevieS Reply
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  • Those backs could make for an interesting mix.

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.05.18 09:28:47 by SheldonK Reply

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  • So I guess we can assume that most of the players left out will be in the squad for the England test with a couple from this squad on the bench (Elton, 1 of the 3 hookers, 1 of the 3 scrumhalves, etc)

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.05.18 09:41:03 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 3) : I would say 2 scrummies and 2 hookers will be kept as you need 3 in your squad in case of injuries.

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.05.18 09:51:15 by StevieS Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 4) : Sorry – I meant the 23 man match-day squad

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.05.18 09:52:20 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Called it. This obviously means Kolisi is a guaranteed starter, with probably Jean Luc and Duane accompanying him in the loose trio. Lets hope the guy find some form.

    Al 3 hookers are in the Wales squad too, guess he’ll give them all some game time to decide as Marx is injured and surely 1st in the pecking order.

    Would like to see Kwagga, Andre and Cam get some game time too. Am stays behind, good sign or bad?

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.05.18 09:54:10 by Quintin Reply

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  • So players not going to Wales USA:

    Beast
    Bismarck
    Nyakane
    Mostert
    Snyman
    Kolisi
    J-L DuP
    Thor
    Faf
    Rob DuP
    Pollard
    De Allende
    Steyn
    Am
    Dyantyi
    Nkosi
    Willie

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.05.18 10:08:13 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 7) : Elton is in the Wales squad.

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.05.18 10:10:10 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 8) : So he is. ;-) :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.05.18 10:11:36 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 7) : So possible starting team for England then:

    Beast
    Bismarck
    Nyakane
    Snyman
    Mostert
    Kolisi
    J-L DuP
    Thor
    Faf
    Pollard
    Dyantyi
    De Allende / Steyn
    Am
    Nkosi
    Willie

  • Comment 10, posted at 28.05.18 10:13:10 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 10) : Looks that way.

    Out of the Wales group I reckon props and Steph also to feature against Eng.

    And Akker.

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.05.18 10:16:14 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 11) : Need a scrumhalf too.

  • Comment 12, posted at 28.05.18 10:18:23 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 11) : I am sure Elton will be on the bench as well

  • Comment 13, posted at 28.05.18 10:18:48 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 10) : think youre close but PSdT will also start (probably in place of Snyman).

  • Comment 14, posted at 28.05.18 10:19:44 by JD Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 13) : Probably.

    Maybe Kriel?

  • Comment 15, posted at 28.05.18 10:20:34 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 15) : Also Gelant

    He may also start at wing

  • Comment 16, posted at 28.05.18 10:21:36 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 16) : Yip.

  • Comment 17, posted at 28.05.18 10:23:00 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 3) : Unless we are going to see RDP on the bench against wales

  • Comment 18, posted at 28.05.18 10:27:23 by Byron Wright Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 10) : @McLovin (Comment 11) : think he will “cut” 10-12 players from the Wales game squad. That would leave him with a squad of about 30-32 players.
    I think the England squad would consist of:
    5 props
    3 hookers
    4 locks
    4 or 5 loose forwards
    3 scrum halves
    2 flyhalves
    3 centres
    3 wings
    2 fullback
    1 or 2 utility backs (aka Frans and probably Curwin)
    Squad of 30 to 32 players.
    I’m sure players that gets “cut” will be on standby and can be flown in if needed.

  • Comment 19, posted at 28.05.18 10:34:25 by JD Reply
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  • @Byron Wright (Comment 18) : don’t think so as he’s not flying with the team to USA.

  • Comment 20, posted at 28.05.18 10:37:56 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 19) : Rassie will hopefully work with them and get them to work on any shortcomings.

  • Comment 21, posted at 28.05.18 10:47:22 by StevieS Reply
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  • Does anyone kno if Rassie will be flying to the states for who will be coaching the Boks there? Tough one to read anything into that game…does he pick a side that he can consider his 2nd choice? Does he experiment and see if the uncapped guys are up to it?

  • Comment 22, posted at 28.05.18 11:06:32 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 22) : I can’t see him not going along to US. I don’t think any of Nienaber, de Villiers or Stick has ever coached a full team at senior level.

  • Comment 23, posted at 28.05.18 11:30:10 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 22) : I’m sure Rassie will go across. Swys is also involved in this series.

  • Comment 24, posted at 28.05.18 11:56:09 by StevieS Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 23) : @StevieS (Comment 24) : So the follow up to that then, if Rassie and Co all go to the States who looks after the mob back in SA or are they just left to own devices? I mean why leave guys here to prepare if the coaches will all be elsewhere?

  • Comment 25, posted at 28.05.18 12:08:24 by SheldonK Reply

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  • pick the team to face wales from these 26 players ?

    also what time does this game start in SA time ?

  • Comment 26, posted at 28.05.18 15:42:41 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 25) : I would imagine they’d leave one of the assistants here to work with the guys while Rassie takes the team over.

  • Comment 27, posted at 28.05.18 15:48:13 by StevieS Reply
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  • Mapimpi has gas for days but his defense has been found wanting at sr level, I like travis ismail, gallant can do the business on the wing. Concerned that mapimpi the new rhule, too bad Jamba Ulenga is only now making his way back to full fitness in the SRC

    Beast
    Aker
    Trevor
    Jenkins
    psdt
    Notshe
    Dan
    Carr
    (any of the scrummies, but obviously id like cam to play)
    elton
    Ismael
    Andre
    kriel
    gallant
    Bosch

    Chilli
    Ginger
    louw
    Orie
    mahoja
    kwagga
    22 (any scrummie)
    23 Mapimpi

    only have 10 backs and 3 of them are scrum halfs

    I do feel for R Smit from the bulls, for me his the best 6 we have in sa

  • Comment 28, posted at 28.05.18 15:53:13 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 26) : Well there are 3 hookers and 3 scrumhalves. So take one of each out that means on one other misses out, rest all play.

  • Comment 29, posted at 28.05.18 15:54:35 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 28) : Beast and Trevor are staying in SA, so you will probably have Ginger and Louw starting and Ox and Thomas / Malherbe on the bench

  • Comment 30, posted at 28.05.18 15:59:07 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 28) : @Bokhoring (Comment 30) : think you’re close bit like @Bokhoring said Beast and Trevor is not there. Think Ginger and Louw will start with Ox and Malherbe on the bench. Think Tank is there as he can cover both sides of the scrum.

  • Comment 31, posted at 28.05.18 16:35:27 by JD Reply
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  • OK Botha is suspended for 4 weeks. What makes it totally ridiculous is that he will be available for the next Sharks match on 30 June. Seeing as he is not in the Bok group he basically get a free pass as he will not miss one match.

  • Comment 32, posted at 28.05.18 17:21:14 by JD Reply
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  • So there are 10 backs going to USA and in a match day 23 there are usually 10 backs – as in 9 through 15 plus 21,22,23 although 23 is sometimes another forward – having said that, Curwin could cover replacement of both 10 and 15 and Galant could cover for wing and Full back but what about centre cover?

  • Comment 33, posted at 28.05.18 17:35:44 by Julesgr8ter Reply
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  • @Julesgr8ter (Comment 33) : yes can’t see any cover for 12 and 13 in the tour group. Also not a huge fan of Bosch playing 10 for Bokke!

  • Comment 34, posted at 28.05.18 17:49:49 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 34) : although Cam did play quite a bit at 12 in Montpellier

  • Comment 35, posted at 28.05.18 18:02:00 by Julesgr8ter Reply
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  • But that is French top 14 – not International level! :o

  • Comment 36, posted at 28.05.18 18:07:27 by Julesgr8ter Reply
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  • Glad for Sia. He is a quality player. Under proper coaching and with a quality team I’m confident he will find form again.

  • Comment 37, posted at 28.05.18 18:18:08 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 34) : Basch still has some development to do before I see him as contender as well. At the moment Pollard our best option I wonder If Lambie will get a call up soon, or Goosen for that matter

  • Comment 38, posted at 28.05.18 18:20:24 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Julesgr8ter (Comment 35) : Always good for a fly-half to play 12 if they are capable. Does wonders for their running game.

  • Comment 39, posted at 28.05.18 18:22:11 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Julesgr8ter (Comment 35) : ok see according to Wiki he’s a bit bigger than I thought but still nowhere near international size!!!

  • Comment 40, posted at 28.05.18 18:38:33 by JD Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 38) : don’t think Pat will get a call up as he’s injured again. For me Pollard and Rob jnr is our best options at 10. Bosch doing good at 15 so don’t think it would be wise to shift him to 10 now., maybe in a year or two when he matured a bit but not now.

  • Comment 41, posted at 28.05.18 18:43:51 by JD Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 39) : think both Pollard and Rob jnr can cover 12 but can’t see them being picked at 12 for Bokke.

  • Comment 42, posted at 28.05.18 18:47:13 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 41) : Agree re Bosch. He needs some work. I would worry about him defending the pillars at ruck time, at 10.

  • Comment 43, posted at 28.05.18 19:04:32 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 43) : personally I’d worry about him defending any phase against any player the size of André.

  • Comment 44, posted at 28.05.18 19:32:03 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 42) : Yes, but they aren’t in the squad going to USA – that’s the thing – if either Andre or Jesse get injured, there are no other Centres on tour, or am I missing something? Is it not necessary to have a backup centre?

  • Comment 45, posted at 28.05.18 21:23:35 by Julesgr8ter Reply
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  • @Julesgr8ter (Comment 45) : I imagine Kwagga could provide cover there in a pinch

  • Comment 46, posted at 28.05.18 21:50:31 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 31) : @Bokhoring (Comment 30) : Yes you guys are correct how did I get that wrong lol over eager

  • Comment 47, posted at 28.05.18 22:33:45 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @Julesgr8ter (Comment 35) : thanks for the insight, I was unaware of that

  • Comment 48, posted at 28.05.18 22:35:39 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • Revised

    Ginger
    Aker
    louw
    Jenkins
    psdt
    Notshe
    Dan
    Carr
    (any of the scrummies, but obviously id like cam to play)
    elton
    Ismael
    Andre
    kriel
    gallant
    Bosch
    Chilli
    tank/frans
    Ox
    Orie
    mahoja
    kwagga
    22 (any of the tree scrummies)
    23 Mapimpi

    only two backs on the bench, seems strange

    Bosch need to not play fh at international level right now atleast not for long periods

    lambie injured

    but I think rassie not picking goosen cause he hasnt played that much

    frans hasnt played at all but his experience, tank has played a lot but never played a test, so I wonder who rassie will pick.

    interesting times people

  • Comment 49, posted at 28.05.18 22:42:46 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 49) : I would start Kwagga at 6 to give the starting trio more balance

  • Comment 50, posted at 29.05.18 09:10:10 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 32) : Totally ridiculous. Both Rhule and Engelbrecht also suspended, but not really. Farcical. :roll:

    Do other sports work like this?

  • Comment 51, posted at 29.05.18 09:21:35 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 51) : Basiclly what they have said is that they feel the Red cards were punishment enough however additionla punuishment is not being allowed to play any international rugby should they get called up.

  • Comment 52, posted at 29.05.18 09:41:43 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 52) : If it was up to me then they should serve a ban in terms of matches in the comp where the transgression happened.

    If it’s towards the end of the comp where there are no more matches to be played then matches from similar level can count towards the sentence.

  • Comment 53, posted at 29.05.18 09:55:04 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 53) : I think too many bans are handed out currently. Very often the red card is punishment enough.

  • Comment 54, posted at 29.05.18 10:03:46 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 54) : My issue is not with the number of bans or their duration. Just that if you cop a ban you should actually miss some matches.

  • Comment 55, posted at 29.05.18 10:07:57 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 55) : No fair point, i do agree with your point that bans should be served in the comp where the transgression occurred

  • Comment 56, posted at 29.05.18 10:15:43 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 55) : @SheldonK (Comment 56) : not 100% sure but reasonable sure that it works in categories namely: local (e.g. Enland), Continental (e.g. Europe) and International. Cards and bans only apply to the level where it is issued.
    To translate to SA rugby it should work something like this:
    Local – Currie cup, Supersport Challenge, etc games
    Continental – Super rugby games
    International – Bok games
    This would have meant that Botha and co could have played for the Bokke in June tests and would have only started serving their ban once Super rugby commenced again.
    Also if the length of the ban exceed the total of outstanding games it is carried over to the start of the next applicable season.
    Personally that’s also how I think this should work.

  • Comment 57, posted at 29.05.18 12:51:50 by JD Reply
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