Boks name Tri-Nations squad

Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks, Tri Nations on 14 Jul 2009 at 08:27
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The national selectors have named a squad of 23 for the Springboks’ opening match of the 2009 Tri-Nations against New Zealand at Vodacom Park in Bloemfontein on Saturday, July 25.

Sport24 reports:

The group includes 22 players that took part in the recently completed 2-1 Test series victory over the British & Irish Lions. The only newcomer is Sharks prop Jannie du Plessis, who returns to the national set-up after last playing for the Springboks against England at the end of 2008.

Fourteen of the 23 players selected were amongst the match 22 in the third Test against the Lions on July 4.

The group includes lock Bakkies Botha, whose two-week suspension ends this week. The Bok squad assembles in Bloemfontein on Thursday afternoon.

Players in the broader Springbok squad, who played against the Lions but have not been selected for the first Tri-Nations Test, have been released to play for their provinces in the Currie Cup.

The convenor of the selectors, Peter Jooste, said that it was important to maintain consistency in selection from the Lions Series.

“We have stuck with the core of the players who took part in the Castle South Africa 2009 Lions Series, most of whom have been in the larger Springbok training squad over the past 12 months. We have also tried to ensure that the combinations that featured in the first two Lions Tests are kept intact to ensure consistency and familiarity,” Jooste said.

Head coach Peter de Villiers added that whilst the Tri-Nations represented a new and different challenge it was important to build on what had been achieved against the Lions.

“The Lions Series was ideal preparation for the Tri-Nations,” he said.

“The core squad that secured the series win in the first two Tests has great potential as a unit and we believe that they have much more to offer. That is why we have made sure that we have remained consistent in our selection policy”.

Commenting on the return of Jannie du Plessis, Jooste said: “Jannie has been a part of the Springbok squad since 2007 and still has much to offer. He was unfortunate to miss out on selection for the Lions series but now gets an opportunity in the Tri-Nations”.

Springbok squad:


Andries Bekker (Western Province)
Bakkies Botha (Blue Bulls)
Heinrich Brüssow (Free State Cheetahs)
Bismarck du Plessis (harks)
Jannie du Plessis (Sharks)
Ryan Kankowski (Sharks)
Victor Matfield (Blue Bulls) – vice-captain
Tendai Mtawarira (Sharks)
Chiliboy Ralepelle (Blue Bulls)
Danie Rossouw (Blue Bulls)
John Smit (Sharks) – Captain
Juan Smith (Free State Cheetahs)
Pierre Spies (Blue Bulls)


Jean de Villiers (Western Province)
Fourie du Preez (Blue Bulls)
Jaque Fourie (Lions)
Bryan Habana (Blue Bulls)
Adi Jacobs (Sharks)
Ricky Januarie (Western Province)
Ruan Pienaar (Sharks)
JP Pietersen (Sharks)
Frans Steyn (Sharks)
Morné Steyn (Blue Bulls)


  • Very good squad!!! 😎

    Jannie is a good option but flip he better pull up his socks cos he was very poor last week against WP.

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.07.09 08:52:52 by wpw Reply
  • sharks could be the big winners here

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.07.09 08:58:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 1) : Yeah there is no worry, at the Boks he will have little brother to hold his hand he will be okai 👿

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.07.09 10:03:10 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • good news all round

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.07.09 10:04:51 by war1 Reply
  • WTF is Ricki still doing there…and I thought Bekker was injured….good news for the Sharks about Sykes…bad news for Syksie, I’m sure he would have loved to be part of the 3N.

    Well at least Rose isn’t there 🙄

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.07.09 10:27:25 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : In what way?

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.07.09 10:30:46 by klempie Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 5) : WTF is Ricki still doing there

    They need someone to change the wheel when the team bus gets a flat.

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.07.09 10:31:54 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 7) : OMG. It’s like I have taken stupid pills over the weekend.

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.07.09 10:32:46 by klempie Reply

  • Think its a very good squad. Hats off to the selectors picking such a smallies one. This will give the others more CC time.

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.07.09 10:35:34 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 5) :

    Agree!! WTF with Mr Kalender??? 😯

    Sykes will get his chance…I have predicted a few weeks ago that Bakkies willget a ban… 😆

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.07.09 10:38:30 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 7) : dude… use a forward slash

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.07.09 10:49:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 6) : I posted the comment before Wes changed the article… 🙁

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.07.09 10:50:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 10) :

    and Jannie…ughh 🙄

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.07.09 10:59:52 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : I know LOL!!! To think I’ve coded HTML for nigh on…let’s see 7 years. And I keep screwing it up. What’s even stupider is I’ve been using the forward slash by habit, then look at it and think it looks wrong so I change it. HAHAHAHAAHAHA

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.07.09 11:13:20 by klempie Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : What did it say when you wrote it?

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.07.09 11:14:31 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 14) : Curiously, I’ve only been doing it this week. Never made those mistakes on SW before. LOL Hence “Stupid pills over the weekend” It’s really quite inexplicable. Maybe I am going senile after all like everyone has been saying. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 14.07.09 11:16:46 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 15) :

    The bit about WTF is January…is gone..

  • Comment 17, posted at 14.07.09 11:22:21 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 15) : it used to be a speculative article about who might be in the Bok squad… suggesting that Deon, Sykes, Odwa and even Kanks could miss out. Hence my comment.

  • Comment 18, posted at 14.07.09 11:23:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 16) : you been out raving and taking pills?

  • Comment 19, posted at 14.07.09 11:24:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 17) :

    Sorry – that was pokkel actually…hehehe

  • Comment 20, posted at 14.07.09 11:26:35 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 14) : I thought HTML was beneath you?

  • Comment 21, posted at 14.07.09 11:29:07 by Baldrick Reply

  • Good squad.

    Make us proud Bokke!

  • Comment 22, posted at 14.07.09 11:29:43 by blackshark Reply

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  • @Baldrick (Comment 21) : We all have to get ourselves dirty at some point. No truer statement if you’re in IT. Networks is another field I can’t stand.

  • Comment 23, posted at 14.07.09 11:41:03 by klempie Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : Alot of ravers (do they still exist) will take offence to that implication that they are stupid. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 24, posted at 14.07.09 11:42:07 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 24) : I don’t know about current Ravers….but as an ex-raver I take offence. 😉 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 25, posted at 14.07.09 11:45:53 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 25) : You should be banned. 😛

  • Comment 26, posted at 14.07.09 11:49:11 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 26) : Hey, I’m not the one going senile

  • Comment 27, posted at 14.07.09 11:55:12 by Pokkel Reply
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  • A 23 man squad, seems a little strange to include Kanko in the squad since I seriously doubt he will even make the bench, and let’s face it, )Pakslae can cover 8 if needed and quite effectively. Kanko did not have a good season, but he had an excellent season last year and that did not get him a starting spot. Just wondering why he is even there since I doubt he will get any game time or be on the bench. He could use game time, and the only way he will get that is at the Sharks.

    Honestly, other than Kanko, and Jannie who has been in rather poor form so far this season, this really is an excellent squad.

  • Comment 28, posted at 15.07.09 18:50:34 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Hey DB! No mention of ‘the mechanic’?? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 29, posted at 15.07.09 19:15:51 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 29) : I’m still cross with the mechanic. He ate all my pies…..well actually he ate all the pies, and some of them were mine ❗

    To be totally honest Wes, it seems there were a lot of people upset that Ruan was in the squad as front line 10 and back up 9. If we’re going to carry a second scrumhalf in the squad, it might as well be the mechanic. Vermaak is alright, but nothing to write home to mom about. Kockott will never get a shot it seems (since he didn’t even get a chance with the emerging Boks)…Heine Adams…..OK….why not, just that none of them truly inspire me, so why not Januarie. He has been there, and honestly, I know he has it in him, he has played super games in the past, just out of shape now I suppose.

  • Comment 30, posted at 16.07.09 06:13:32 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • What’s the SB pool code for the TriNations? 😐

  • Comment 31, posted at 16.07.09 08:43:18 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 31) : pepsirks

  • Comment 32, posted at 16.07.09 09:36:23 by robdylan Reply
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