Overseas Boks get a lifeline

Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 4 Mar 2010 at 09:38
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Rugby fans can start readying themselves for a number of surprises when the Springboks take to the field this year.

Jacques van der Westhuyzen reports on www.iol.co.za:

For starters, when the Boks kick off their 14 Test international season against Wales at the Millennium Stadium on June 5, expect to see up to 50 percent of the match day 22 made up of players playing abroad.

It has been learned that Bok boss Peter de Villiers, the South African Rugby Union and players’ union Sarpa have agreed to the fielding of overseas-based players when the Boks are in Europe this year.

This means De Villiers will be able to pick from the likes of BJ Botha, CJ van der Linde, Wikus van Heerden, Michael Claassens, Butch James, Derick Hougaard, Jean de Villiers, Gco-bani Bobo, Brent Russell and Frans Steyn when the Boks play Wales on June 5. These men have all played for the Boks before, so caps won’t be dished out willy-nilly.

“We’re very conscious of having to manage the players well this year, just 12 months out from the World Cup,” said Sarpa boss Piet Heymans yesterday.

“Players will be managed on an individual basis … and as this specific Wales Test comes just a week after the Super 14 final and a week before the Test against France, a number of regular Boks won’t be considered.

“Everything will depend on how much time individual players have spent on the field.”

New technology, being used in the Super 14, will allow De Villiers and his medical staff to monitor exactly how much time the Boks are spending on the field.

GPS devices sewn into the jerseys of the players will provide information on distances covered during a game, running speeds, heart rates, intensity of player impacts (g-force), and energy expended during matches.

“Taking all this into account, Peter will know exactly how and when to rest his players,” explai-ned Heymans.

It is believed that the Bok players who play all the matches in the Super 14, and those players in teams making the semifinals and final, will not be considered for the Wales Test.

Furthermore, it is understood that the Wales Rugby Union are comfortable with the fact that De Villiers’s team on June 5 will not be a full strength Bok side.

But there is no doubt it will be a formidable combination with a number of overseas-based players eager to impress the national coach.

Last November, De Villiers called in BJ Botha from Ulster and Jean de Villiers from Leinster to strengthen the injury-hit Bokss. Good performances from James, Claassens, Van Heerden and Botha could even persuade De Villiers to consider them for the World Cup next year.

The Bok touring squad for the Grand Slam tour of Britain and Ireland in November will also include a number of overseas-based players, to allow senior Boks time off ahead of the demands in 2011.


  • We definitely need Bobes at 12 for the Boks. I think most Sharks supporters will agree with me that his ‘grubber kicks’ are a sight to behold!! 😆 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.03.10 09:43:05 by wpw Reply
  • Will be interesting to see how this is recieved by overseas clubs currently employing Former Boks ! I thought that was one of the attractions in signing them in the first place !

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.03.10 11:29:07 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • Resting players is about a lot more than measuring the time spent on/off the field. A mental break from rugby is just as important. Whether I sit at work doing nothing or working my arse off, I still need that break. In a way, it’s mentally more demanding if you are not being kept busy.

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.03.10 11:45:03 by MysticShark Reply
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  • best news ever!!

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.03.10 11:47:11 by grant10 Reply

  • Fantastic idea, shows SA rugby’s thinking for a change. Its these initiatives that may have us at the world cup in great shape next year.

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.03.10 11:54:18 by billy Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 1) : Het jy jou pille vanoggend gedrink 👿

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.03.10 12:38:47 by Charlie Reply

  • About time! Will start a riot if Frans doesn’t get selected.. 😈

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.03.10 18:09:45 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • PdV you are my hero for yet another reason.

    Here we all are saying “WTF are there so many tests and what can we do about it?”

    PdV (astute as usual): Well when we tour europe manne why don’t we use the okes from that side rather than over playing the Top Boks? It also gives us a chance to look at their conditioning and form. if we then decide that someone needs to be part of the plans for 2015 we can try and get them into the 2011 S15.

    I say: Well done guys you are thinking on your feet, BUT we shouldn’t be in this glut of tests position in the 1st place really.

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.03.10 18:23:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

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