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Kankowski to miss Australasian trip

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 23 Jun 2008 at 16:48

Ryan Kankowski will not be joining the 28-man South African tour group, which will be flying out to New Zealand for a three-match Tri-Nations trip this week.

Rugby 365 reports that the Springboks will play the All Blacks in back-to-back Tests in Wellington (July 5) and Dunedin (July 12), before crossing the Tasman Sea to face the Wallabies in Perth a week later.

The steely Sharks No.8, Kankowski, was stretchered off the field as the Boks’ Test against Italy at Newlands at the weekend was closing in on half-time.

Kankowski was left dazed by a clash of heads after a thunderous tackle from Italy’s South African-born lock Carlo del Fava, although he felt fine a few minutes afterwards in the dressing room. Del Fava’s effort earned himself a yellow card.

There was nothing to suggest that Kankowski was in any way disorientated when he mixed with guests at Saturday’s post-match function at Newlands Stadium.

Springbok communications manager Chris Hewitt said on Sunday that Kankowski will be on a rehabilitation programme over the next two weeks to see if the player suffers from ill effects or headaches after his Del Fava ordeal. Once the results of tests are known the Springbok management will decide if they want Kankowski to join the tour.

It’s very unlikely that he will be flown out because SANZAR (South Africa, New Zealand and Australia Rugby) regulations stipulate that only 28 players are allowed in each Tri-Nations squad.

The other player who will not be flying out this week is John Smit, the most capped Springbok captain of all-time.

Smit was in the victorious Clermont-Auvergne side that toppled Percy Montgomery’s Perpignan in the French Top 14 semi-final in Marseilles at the weekend.

Clermont’s victory has earned them a place in next Saturday’s Final at the Stade de France, the venue where Smit and his triumphant Springboks captured the Webb Ellis Cup last October.

Smit will be flying out from Paris to Wellington, New Zealand, a day after the final and should rejoin the Boks in the week leading up to the first Tri-Nations Test against the All Blacks.

Montgomery will be flying in to South Africa on Monday and join up with the squad which assembles in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

The Springbok selectors met with Springbok coach Peter de Villiers on Sunday to decide on the squad for the three Tests in Australasia.

They will announce the tour group on Monday.

De Villiers said that he had already decided last week on the tour group, which suggests that Saturday’s dreary performance in inclement weather had no bearing on his selections. He hasn’t given any indication of his thinking, except for the comment after Saturday’s Test that the fly-halves’ selection is causing him a headache.

Conrad Jantjes and Percy Montgomery select themselves as the fullbacks.

Bryan Habana, Jean de Villiers, Adrian Jacobs and Tonderai Chavhanga looks like the pick of the three-quarters. Butch James and Ricky Januarie will be the halfback pairing.

Frans Steyn is a must although he can’t expect too much game time in his preferred fly-half position. Ruan Pienaar, is both too good and versatile to leave at home, and together with Montgomery and Steyn there is splendid cover for the backs.

It is likely that the Boks will take 12 backline players along, and the two remaining spots could go to Bolla Conradie and Peter Grant.

Odwa Ndungane and Gcobani Bobo, who played against Italy on Saturday, could be the ones to miss out.

In the pack, Bismarck du Plessis and Smit will be the hookers, and its likely that because of the specialist nature of the No.2 position, Schalk Brits will also be given the nod.

The rest of the front row should come from BJ Botha, CJ Van der Linda, Beast Mtawarira and Gurthro Steenkamp as the four props. Brian Mujati could miss out.

The locks, and its likely that four will tour, should include Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha, Andries Bekker and Danie Rossouw.

Schalk Burger, Juan Smith and Pierre Spies look like the first-choice loose trio combination, with Luke Watson and Joe van
Niekerk to back them up.

Because of the fact that the entire tour party could not be accommodated on the same flight on Wednesday, another group will fly out on Thursday.

There will not be any training for the squad ahead of their departure for New Zealand.

Apart from the health concerns of Kankowski, the Springboks will be looking forward to the day when the likes of Fourie du Preez, Wikus van Heerden and Jaque Fourie all return to full health and ready for action on the international stage.


  • That’s bad news. But concussion is not something to be taken lightly.

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.06.08 17:43:58 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply
  • This is not true. The final decision has not been made as yet.

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.06.08 19:35:54 by MrG Reply
  • Match on Showsport2 at the moment Kankow is just busy having his nap on the field. 😳 Del Fava hit him damn hard, Shoulder charge and then the bad luck of connecting with his head on Kanko’s chin. 🙁

    @MrG (Comment 2) :

    Where do you get that info?

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.06.08 19:46:58 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) : MrG knows the people that matter, dude 😉

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.06.08 19:56:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • For me Big joe had a MOTM performance on Sat and looked back to he’s best hungry and solid at the back of the scrum so he should be a able replacement, infact I’ll have him in the team ahead of Sir Luke of Teljoy.

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.06.08 20:01:09 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 5) : agreee. Joe’s on fire

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.06.08 20:03:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) :

    The article says that he will not be leaving with the team this week, but that a decision may be made on him joining the team later.

    So he “will not be joining the 28-man South African tour group, which will be flying out to New Zealand for a three-match Tri-Nations trip this week“, But “Once the results of tests are known the Springbok management will decide if they want Kankowski to join the tour

    See what happens when I read the article 😉

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.06.08 20:29:25 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • We REALLY miss Jaque Fourie. Can’t wait for him to get over his injury!

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.06.08 22:13:22 by Villie Reply
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  • I thought JFourie already recovered and had joined the Bokke and that was the reason he did not play for the LIONS this past weekend!??!

    WALTER!!! Can you answer?

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.06.08 09:35:48 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 9) : nah dude… he’s going to be out for another 6 weeks.

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.06.08 09:37:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 5) :

    I agree…he was stand-out the best loose forward for the Bokke…although you cannot compare this performance to those of the other loose forwards against Wales….but he looked better than any other SA loose forward in a Bok jersey thus far this year…and he is as fast as Kankowski and doubt that they are far behind Spies…

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.06.08 09:39:33 by Hmmm Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 10) :

    Serious!???! They originally said 3 weeks which has already past!??!
    Did he aggravate the injury by practicing too soon or something?

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.06.08 09:41:57 by Hmmm Reply

  • That is actually a whole lot of crap….JFourie come back to the field NOW

    I was soooo looking forward to his play…
    He is faster and heavier than ever…he weighed 88kg in the WC and now weighs 97kg…
    And I think the power he showed in the two S14 games he was back is evidence of that extra bulk….especially when he just wisped the two Chief flank forwards off his shoulders at speed…first the one from the one side and then the other…straight after he handed off the centre…and only a combination of the fullback and wing taking out his legs to stop him within 10 meters of the tryline in that bollocking run…was enough for the LIONS to score non the less…

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.06.08 09:48:29 by Hmmm Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) :

    Nope KSA…was not a shoulder charge…all that was in it was an unfortunate bash of heads…nothing else…that is only a bad tackle if it was made on a Aussie or Eng player as we all know how they wine….

    We are Bokke…and that was just unfortunate…had there not been a bash of heads it would have been a nothing tackle…

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.06.08 09:52:14 by Hmmm Reply

  • What is it with some editors in the media? Amazing how nowadays information is king, and breaking with it first, becomes vital, even at the expense of assumption or just plainly ignoring official statements.

    Then again, perhaps one shouldn’t shoot the messenger. What credibility does Chris Hewitt inspire by making such a statement on Sunday 22nd, only to find Kanko’s name part of the squad announcement on the 24th?

    On a lighter side : “There was nothing to suggest that Kankowski was in any way disorientated when he mixed with guests at Saturday’s post-match function at Newlands Stadium.” and “Kankowski will be on a rehabilitation programme over the next two weeks”

    Maybe the planned rehab was for excessive orange juice at the after match party

  • Comment 15, posted at 28.06.08 06:34:58 by MrG Reply


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