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Luke may play against Wales

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 22 May 2008 at 05:30

Schalk Burger will know only next week when he will be able to start playing rugby again but the Springbok flanker has written off next month’s two-Test series against Wales.

Stephen Nell writes in Die Burger will see a specialist about his knee injury next Wednesday. “I should know then but I think I’ll still be out for a month,” he said on Wednesday when he appeared at the Somerset West hotel where the Springbok training squad are staying.

This means Luke Watson could play in his second Test match when the Springboks take on Wales in Bloemfontein on June 7.

Watson made a controversial debut against Samoa last year after being included in the SA team against the will of the coach, Jake White.

However, the Stormers loose forward has played well this season and seemed relaxed in the company of the other players on Wednesday.

New Springbok coach Peter de Villiers said he already had a starting lineup in mind for the first Test.

“I have a good idea of the team that I’d like to field against Wales,” De Villiers said, adding that some rules still had to be finalised and that injuries could change matters.

SA Rugby announced on Wednesday that Springbok captain John Smit, veteran fullback Percy Montgomery, lock forward Victor Matfield and flyhalf Butch James would join the squad on Monday.

Smit will be available to captain the team in both Tests against Wales but not for the match against Italy on June 21.

He will return to France, where he has commitments with the Clermont club. The same applies to Montgomery, who plays for Perpignan.

‘Butch was jumping up and down’

Matfield has been re-contracted by the Blue Bulls and James has completed his commitments at the English club Bath.

Italy proved in the recent Six Nations competition that they could be competitive against top sides, therefore Smit’s situation is not ideal.

“It’s a little worrying but it’s better to work with people than against them,” De Villiers said.

“I did not want the guys who are playing abroad to feel they were being favoured ahead of those in South Africa.

“It was news to everyone, except John, when they were called up.

“Butch was jumping up and down and shouting “Yes! Yes! Yes!” You can’t stop that kind of passion,” the coach said.

“I did not negotiate with the clubs. We must not stand in the way of the players to fulfil their commitments. If I get my way in everything, it may hurt the players.”

Wednesday was a big day for De Villiers, who had been appointed as national coach in January. It was the first time he had had contact with the players in a squad.

“I feel I have done reasonably well with things that I am unaccustomed to,” he said, referring to media commitments, among others.

“What I am really good at is coaching, and to work with people. I am looking forward to taking the players and seeing how far I can push them. I’m very excited.”


  • Is there some sort of rule in the Cape madia that says if a WP player is injured or not available for Bok selection that he has to be replaced by another WP player. 😕

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.05.08 05:57:33 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • im sooooo sleepy

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.05.08 07:07:15 by PJLD Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : No, but there is a rule that if there is an opportunity to shine a light on Luke, it must be done.

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.05.08 08:23:57 by molly Reply
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  • I mean, who else could possibly play???
    There can only be one.

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.05.08 08:34:27 by molly Reply
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  • Wikus is the logical replacement.

    Not only was he Schalk’s back-up in the WC, he is also the stand out player for a poor Bulls this Super 14.

    I don’t rate Wikus that much as a fetcher – as a player yes – but not fetcher, but he is the logical choice.

    Add to this Luke has played very few games (and quite innefectively I might add bar the Reds) at 6 and mostly played 8.

    However, Peter, like Jake knows what he wants, and the players he believes can do it. Jake invested in some players we never understood why – and it paid off for him because the players repaid his faith in them.

    The least we can do is give Peter a chance here.

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.05.08 08:44:38 by MorneN Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 5) :

    Just irritate Morne I am going to say, hear hear….

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.05.08 08:50:49 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 6) : You girl!

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.05.08 09:39:07 by MorneN Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 7) :

    Jean De Villiers told me to get in touch with my Stormers side….

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.05.08 09:44:43 by Dive Pass Reply

    Dive Pass
  • @Dive Pass (Comment 8) : And risk your Gary Player Sharks side?

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.05.08 09:53:50 by MorneN Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 5) :
    We didn’t understand why jake wanted it, but we SURE AS HELL KNOW WHY PETER DOES.

    It’s the same reason The jersey thief got his only Bok cap.

    But hey let him play maybe they can break his ribs again.

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.05.08 09:54:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @MorneN (Comment 9) :

    No just had to indulge Jean this week….he is feeling very fragile

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.05.08 09:58:45 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) : Why does Peter KSA?

    Becasue he has worked with a lot of these players (we are suspect about) before at age group level, where he achieved success with them? Or Emerging Boks where he also achieved success with them?

    Then how is this different to Jake?

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.05.08 10:09:01 by MorneN Reply
  • I thought Butch was playing this weekend for Bath in the European Challenge Cup or whatever it is called?

  • Comment 13, posted at 22.05.08 10:12:20 by Superwors Reply

  • Luke needs some platform togs.

  • Comment 14, posted at 22.05.08 10:23:13 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • @Superwors (Comment 13) : Me too. ❓

  • Comment 15, posted at 22.05.08 10:24:50 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • He’s probably only arriving next week. 🙄

  • Comment 16, posted at 22.05.08 10:26:18 by racheltjiedebeer Reply


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