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No Grant, Rose and Brussouw get the Call

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 25 Oct 2008 at 19:06

True to tradition coach Peter de Villiers sprang a massive surprise on Saturday night by including Earl Rose in the Springbok side to tour Wales, Scotland and England during November.

Dan Retief reports that the Lions flyhalf and Cheetahs flanker Heinrich Brüssow were the only uncapped players named by De Villiers in the Springbok end-of-year touring squad.

Brüssow (22) and Rose (24) were named among 28 players for the internationals against Wales (November 8), Scotland (November 15) and England (November 22).

After an indifferent end to the Currie Cup season, during which he was moved to fullback for the Lions’ semi-final against the Sharks, it was generally believed Rose had spoilt his claim to selection and great was the surprise when the team was read out on SuperSport on Saturday night.

Judging by De Villiers’ comments Rose is being groomed as the understudy for Ruan Pienaar.

“We have named what we believe is the strongest squad,” said De Villiers. “It has been selected from the players we used during the Vodacom Tri-Nations as well as the form players in the Absa Currie Cup.

“With the British & Irish Lions heading to South Africa in a just a few months these tests are as important as any we have undertaken since our re-admission in 1992.

“Both Earl and Heinrich really put their hands up in the Absa Currie Cup,” added de Villiers. “Earl’s form may have dipped at times but he has the ‘X factor’ you look for in a flyhalf and has time to develop while Heinrich has really burst onto the scene and is outstanding at contesting at the breakdown.

“Ruan Pienaar is earmarked for the No10 jersey as I’m looking to find a long-term successor to Butch James, following his decision to retire following the Lions tour next year.

“We decided against selecting players from overseas on this occasion as they we know they can slot in at any time but we felt that the time is right to give players like Ruan an opportunity in the No10 jersey and we will be looking at John (Smit) as a tighthead on this tour.”

The latter remark is telling for if the team has a weakness it is that Brian Mujati is the only specialist tighthead in the squad. Smit however played much of his under 21 rugby at prop before being switched to hooker by Jake White.

De Villiers recalled four players from injuries of varying length: centre Jaque Fourie, No8 Ryan Kankowski, lock Bakkies Botha as well as hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle who was rewarded for his long battle to regain fitness with a recall for the first time since 2006.

Brüssow, with Luke Watson having eliminated himself, jumped to the head of a queue of excellent fetcher flanks that included Cobus Grobbelaar of the Lions, Jacques Botes of the Sharks and Deon Stegmann of the Bulls.

The squad will assemble in Cape Town at 2pm on Tuesday, October 28 and depart for the UK on Friday, October 31.

The Springbok touring side is:


Jean de Villiers (WP), Fourie du Preez (Blue Bulls), Jaque Fourie (Lions), Bryan Habana (Blue Bulls), Adrian Jacobs (Sharks), Conrad Jantjes (WP), Enrico Januarie (WP), Jongi Nokwe (Cheetahs), Odwa Ndungane (Sharks), Ruan Pienaar (Sharks), JP Pietersen (Sharks), Earl Rose (Lions), Francois Steyn (Sharks).


Andries Bekker (WP), Bakkies Botha (Blue Bulls), Schalk Burger (WP), Heinrich Brüssow (Cheetahs), Bismarck du Plessis (Sharks), Ryan Kankowski (Sharks), Victor Matfield (Blue Bulls), Tendai Mtawarira (Sharks), Chiliboy Ralepelle (Blue Bulls), Brian Mujati (WP), Danie Rossouw (Blue Bulls), John Smit (Sharks, captain), Juan Smith (Cheetahs), Pierre Spies (Blue Bulls), Gurthrö Steenkamp (Blue Bulls).


Peter Grant (WP), Jannie du Plessis (Sharks), Johann Muller (Sharks), Wynand Olivier (Blue Bulls), Adriaan Strauss (Cheetahs), Heinke van der Merwe (Lions), Jano Vermaak (Lions).


  • No Butch, or Grant.

    If you consider that Ricky and FDuP are there then the two flyhalves are Ruan Pienaar and Earl Rose, Maybe Steyn

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.10.08 19:08:52 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Jano Vermaak ahead of Conradie 😯

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.10.08 19:09:07 by molly Reply
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  • Luke announced his unavailibilty today or yesterday so that is why he is not there.

    Feeble attempt at saving face after being dropped if you ask me.

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.10.08 19:09:36 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) : Oh right. 😆

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.10.08 19:11:12 by klempie Reply

  • @molly (Comment 2) :

    Yeah I agree with that call.

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.10.08 19:12:14 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • NO Stefan Terblanche!!!!!!!!!! 👿

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.10.08 19:13:12 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : yeah, that was a little sarcastic…
    Lemme change it:
    jano ahead of Kockett 😯

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.10.08 19:13:56 by molly Reply
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  • LOL a shot of the two changerooms now and the Sharks are all there. Bulls all gone home. 😉

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.10.08 19:14:01 by klempie Reply

  • PDV being interviewed.

    Ruan Pienaar is the #1 Flyhalf.
    John Smit is being moved to Tighthead.

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.10.08 19:23:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • WP – 6
    Bulls – 8
    Lions – 2
    Cheetahs – 3
    Sharks – 9

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.10.08 19:27:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Wonder if peter spoke to ruan about playing flyhalf

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.10.08 20:28:21 by Bok-Clyde-Kiwi Reply

  • Peter de Villiers is a brave, brave man.

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.10.08 02:07:29 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @Bok-Clyde-Kiwi (Comment 11) : Yip, apparently he did

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.10.08 04:41:37 by MysticShark Reply
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  • Molly… ‘Conradie’?

    You on the pap-sak?

    I would have gone with Kockott over Vermaak… but he has had a good few seasons…

    Ralepele… the Bulls second choice hooker… well that’s just taking the piss!

    And Rose… a guy who has been shown up in every S14 game the past two seasons, not too mention every CC game against the top tier teams… and refuses to tackle (a trait you cannot coach into a player)… is ludicrous…

    Mujati… is around the 3rd best tighthead in RSA…

    Without an established tight-head (clearly going to play Smit there) and carrying the likes of Rose, Ralepele, Mujati… we won’t beat the Poms… and will be lucky to take the Welsh… if that’s true to form then PDV must fall on his sword and piss off for good!

    Then we’ll just have enough time to bring back CJ, BJ, James before the Lions tour…

  • Comment 14, posted at 26.10.08 04:42:52 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • I am still shocked that Stefan is not in there.

    Jantjes is the only Fullback. Unless he is going to play Steyn, JPP or Odwa at Fullback??

  • Comment 15, posted at 26.10.08 08:20:05 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) : I sent him an E-mail, which he heeded. 😎 (Not true, but was my call all along).

  • Comment 16, posted at 26.10.08 08:27:53 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 15) : Stefan one very unlucky dude. As is Baywatch.

  • Comment 17, posted at 26.10.08 08:32:32 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • Earl should have been picked as second fullback, but that may have been the logic behind including him. I like the way Ruan is forced to play fly half, for he is pure class and will make it there.

    BTW, based on yesterday’s game, he has now proven that he is actually the no1 scrumhalf in SA. Now he can switch to fly half without losing face.

  • Comment 18, posted at 26.10.08 08:38:55 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • Finally, still a very good team, good enough to beat any team even with a number of players being ‘carried’. If those players do come through though, they should be unstoppable.

  • Comment 19, posted at 26.10.08 08:41:09 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 18) :

    That is just a worry to me.

    RP moving from 9 to 10 just because we are percieved to need a 10 is wrong IMO. I think it was Joel who was saying last night that Grant hasn’t really been given a chance to prove his worth at 10 and now he is being dumped in favour of RP.

    And that move (By RP) has knock on effcts that weaken the whole team. All positions are vital but #9 is one of the more important positions and surely we should play the best there and not move the best away from there. Now we have the 2nd (maybe 3rd) best #9 at 9 and the best #9 as a development 10.

    WRONG move IMO.

    We have just given RP a chance at 9 for the Sharks and he has rewarded us with a brilliant display. And what thanks/reward does he get? a slap on the back hard enough to bounce him out of his position. 👿

  • Comment 20, posted at 26.10.08 08:52:31 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 17) :

    Baywatch and a few others are very unlucky. But not unlucky because someone undeserving was picked. Unlucky because we have such an embarrasment of riches in the loosies in SA at the moment.

    The Only loose forward who MAY count himself lucky to be in the squad IMO is Spies. The others are all pretty damn incredible players.

  • Comment 21, posted at 26.10.08 08:55:54 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 20) : I do not agree there, for although Ruan imo are now no1 at scrumhalf, he is currently ranked no3 in SA.

    So, to tell the guy that he are no3, but that you have the confidence in his brilliance that you will make him your no1 fly half, well I think that is a good move.

    BTW, we do not have a ‘perceived’ problem at 10, we have a problem. Period. 😀

    Peter Grant, Morne Steyn, Earl Rose, name them, are adequate provincial players, but a far cry from international ‘class’.

  • Comment 22, posted at 26.10.08 09:27:28 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 21) : Agree 100%. But I do get the idea PDV leans a little over to the Cheetahs way? Strauss earlier, now Brussouw? ❓

  • Comment 23, posted at 26.10.08 09:30:14 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 22) :

    I think it is percieved. Purely because we don’t have 5 of them lining up to play, so now we think there is a problem. It is certainly the position in which we have the least backup but we don’t need 5 backups IMO.

    There is nothing wrong with Butch James and we have a more than able replacement for him in Peter Grant. If only he would be given more of a chance.

    If Grant fails to live up to expectations then give another 10 a run or start looking at converting a 10.

  • Comment 24, posted at 26.10.08 09:45:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 24) : “If Grant fails to live up to expectations then give another 10 a run or start looking at converting a 10.”

    Grant has failed imo and therefore they are now starting to convert. I know that people will say he (Grant) haven’t had enough chances, but once again imo the ones he did have, he have not looked like being able to take that step up.

    I am just very pleased to see Ruan accepting 10. 😎

  • Comment 25, posted at 26.10.08 09:58:33 by Silver Fox Reply

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