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Rose benched for the Lions against the Lions

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :2009 Lions Tour, In the news, Lions on 1 Jun 2009 at 12:00
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Springbok hopeful Earl Rose has been benched by the Golden Lions for their midweek encounter with the British and Irish Lions, in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

Rose and scrumhalf Jano Vermaak, who both featured in the South African training squad that played against Namibia in Windhoek last Friday, have been released to play against the tourists.

However, new Golden Lions coach Hans Coetzee – just like his predecessor Eugene Eloff, which he replaced in controversial fashion last week – preferred Louis Ludik as his fullback and Springbok André Pretorius at flyhalf in the starting XV.

Scrumhalf Vermaak will partner Pretorius at halfback, but Rose will play off the bench.

Rugby 365 reports that the Golden Lions team named on Monday does not differ much from that which Eloff picked for most of the season.

The biggest changes are at lock – where the Golden Lions will be without Anton van Zyl – signed with Western Province – and veteran Jannes Labuschagne, injured.

Veteran second row forward Willem Stoltz has come out of semi retirement and Boland journeyman Brad Mockford will partner him in the second row. Mockford is on trial with the Golden Lions.

The team shows very few changes from that which ended the Super 14 with a credible performance against the Waratahs – – going down 33-38.

Leopards centre Deon van Rensburg, who played for the Royal XV against the B&I Lions in their opening tour match at the weekend, has been replaced in the Golden Lions midfield by Jannie Boshoff.

On the flank Cobus Grobbelaar returns to captain the team, following his lengthy injury-enforced lay-off.

Another injury related change is on the bench, where Hans van Dyk has been replaced by Saracens-bound Ethienne Reynecke.

Golden Lions: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Michael Killian, 13 Jannie Boshoff, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 Dusty Noble, 10 André Pretorius, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Willem Alberts, 7 Franco van der Merwe, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar (captain), 5 Willem Stoltz, 4 Brad Mockford, 3 Gert Muller, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Lawrence Sephaka.
Replacements: 16 Ethienne Reyneke, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Ernst Joubert, 19 Todd Clever, 20 Chris Jonck, 21 Walter Venter, 22 Earl Rose.

Date: Wednesday, June 3
Venue: CocaCola Park, Johannesburg
Kick-off: 19.10 (17.10 GMT)
Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant referees: Wayne Barnes (England), Marius Jonker
TMO: Johann Meuwesen


  • Boland journeyman Brad Mockford will partner him in the second row. Mockford is on trial with the Golden Lions

    WATCH this guy, he IS good.

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.06.09 12:01:23 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • I hope Kette realises this dinner she is organising better be over by 20:00 so I can be home by 20:10 ❓

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.06.09 12:04:53 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) :Not likely

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.06.09 12:07:42 by Claytie Reply
  • I thoguht Ettas had buggered his shoulder?

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.06.09 12:12:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Claytie (Comment 3) :

    I ask for nothing more than to be able to watch 10 Lions games every 12 years and then i have to miss a few becuse of little things like dinners and trips to swaziland and the tugela mouth etc. 👿 🙄

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.06.09 12:19:45 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) :
    Actually the two games I will be missing completely are not so bad.

    WP and the Emerging boks.

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.06.09 12:20:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : thats married life for you 😆 😆

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.06.09 12:33:01 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : eish bra – I’m missing the first TEST because of a birthday party!

    Then again, it’s a birthday party with hog roast, beer garden and live band!

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.06.09 12:54:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : Swazi as in the bush or is there a chance of making it to a nearby pub 🙄 😆

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.06.09 12:54:53 by Whindy Reply
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  • No goodbye present for the two guys who have moved onto greener pastures I see.

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.06.09 12:57:35 by Whindy Reply
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  • OK, so it seems Loffie and the new guys selections are pretty much the same, so I can presume that there was not much buddy, buddy business with the existing squad.

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.06.09 13:22:51 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : I don’t allow the missus to arrange anything on rugby weekends. She has to consult the rugby calendar….oh and football and cricket! 😆 😆

    That’s why I got married in January…didn’t clash with anything! 😛

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.06.09 13:32:06 by Villie Reply
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  • no fourie ❓ still getting married.

    though listening to you guys :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.06.09 13:58:11 by rekinek Reply
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  • Lions actually don’t have a bad bench….some guys that can make a decent impact!

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.06.09 14:28:21 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 14) : yeah… pity about teh starting XV 🙂

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.06.09 15:31:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 9) :

    Bush with NO electricity, although the Simunye Country club is a 15min drive away. maybe I should investigate that, but that is only for the Emerging Boks match which MAY not be of interest in Swaziland.

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.06.09 16:28:14 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Villie (Comment 12) :

    😆 Same here Jan 27. No Rugby or sport clashes of any sort. 😛

  • Comment 17, posted at 01.06.09 16:31:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @JarsonX (Comment 7) :
    yup its soooooooo hard 🙄 😆 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 01.06.09 16:51:07 by KSA Sharkette Reply

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  • @KSA Sharkette (Comment 18) : :mrgreen:

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