Beast back in Bok fold

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 26 Jun 2010 at 18:32
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Tendai Mtawarira – the Beast – has been named in the 28-man Springbok squad to contest the away leg of the 2010 Vodacom Tri-Nations. Sharks representatives are otherwise pretty thin on the ground.

The vast majority of the team that stuffed Italy this afternoon has been included, with only Bulls lock Flip van der Merwe omitted – presumably on the basis that a single Springbok squad should never contain more than three players from the same team who all play in the same position. Of the players who dropped out last week, a fair few have come back in, including Victor Matfield, Zane Kirchner, CJ van der Linde and Ryan Kankowski, while Danie Rossouw, initially named on the bench for this week’s clash, is also back.

Not so fortunate are Alistair Hargreaves, Bandise Maku and Bjorn Basson; for those three, Currie Cup rugby awaits. Utility back Francois Hougaard joins Beast as the only player from outside the current squad to be named. The squad is predictably dominated by Bulls and Stormers players, with 11 men from Pretoria and 9 from the Cape named in the 28-man squad. The Sharks have a paltry five players in the team, three of them front-rankers and only a single back in Ruan Pienaar.

Here is the squad:
Props: CJ van der Linde, BJ Botha, Beast Mtawarira, Jannie du Plessis, Gurthro Steenkamp
Hookers: John Smit, Chilliboy Ralepelle
Locks: Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha, Danie Rossouw, Andries Bekker
Loose forwards: Pierre Spies, Ryan Kankowski, Dewald Potgieter, Francois Louw, Schalk Burger
Scrumhalves: Ricky Januarie, Francois Hougaard
Flyhalves: Morne Steyn, Butch James, Ruan Pienaar
Centres: Jean de Jongh, Jean de Villiers, Wynand Olivier, Jaque Fourie
Wings: Bryan Habana, Gio Aplon
Fullback: Zane Kirchner


  • How many Sharks players who were not selected deserve to be there??
    Bimarck is injured and so too Odwa, JP and Adi. Isn’t Deysel also injured??

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.06.10 18:52:28 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 1) : what’s your point? If I wanted to watch the entire Bulls pack and the entire Stomres back line in battle I would have bought tickets for the Super 14 final 🙂

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.06.10 19:24:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ja wes,maybe a few lions deserved to be in the squad

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.06.10 20:27:17 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • What are you on about?? Jeez you guys are sensitive.
    The Sharks Boks are either injured or not good enough. That’s what happens when you end midtable. 😈

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.06.10 20:34:45 by wpw Reply
  • I”ll be back ! WC 2011 here I come ! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.06.10 20:51:26 by Charlie Reply

  • Other than Aplon, I guess the Strompies players deserve a shot.

    My concern is that knowing PdV, guys like Aplon, Louw and De Jongh will be picked ahead of JPP, Adi and Deysel.

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.06.10 21:24:39 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 4) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.06.10 21:31:26 by diablo (VICTORY! sweeter on neutral ground!) Reply

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    When those 3 return the competition will be a good thing!!
    Hey diablo! 😉

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.06.10 22:04:45 by wpw Reply
  • Competition for places I mean…

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.06.10 22:06:40 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 8) : Howzit?!… done my steak on that Weber yet? 😛

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.06.10 22:10:46 by diablo (VICTORY! sweeter on neutral ground!) Reply

  • Not yet. I have it for about a week now and its still in the box!!
    🙄 😯

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.06.10 22:16:10 by wpw Reply
  • Today, Ruan was on the bench in the traditional scrumhalf position. Substituted Habana and played wing!!! And is now listed as a flyhalf……the mind boggles! Glad for SA-Beast!

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.06.10 22:19:27 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 11) : ❓ ❓ Typical sharks???? Takes a while to deliver??? 😛 😀 😆 😀

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.06.10 22:21:35 by diablo (VICTORY! sweeter on neutral ground!) Reply

  • @diablo (VICTORY! sweeter on neutral ground!) (Comment 13) : Ooh boy, am I on dangerous ground now 😯 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 26.06.10 22:22:34 by diablo (VICTORY! sweeter on neutral ground!) Reply

  • argies just wippd the french

  • Comment 15, posted at 26.06.10 22:27:07 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • Wpw: when do I join Charles and Papsak-koning for a braai on your Weber?

    No argument from me on the form of the Sharks players: we are kak.

    Well done Argies. So much for the NH competition being equal to ours.

  • Comment 16, posted at 26.06.10 22:56:01 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 12) :

    expect MANY more boggles my friend.

    Hougaard at scrumhalf? He played the whole S14 at wing!!!!!!!!

    Brian Hasbeen and Gio Aplon the only wings???????????? Expect Ruan to be stuffed around even more on tour. 🙁

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.06.10 04:15:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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    Maybe Hougaard will cover wing along with JDV.
    Ricky will start most games with Ruan as cover (:roll:)

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.06.10 07:39:41 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw:
    hahaha, in your dreams. PdV will never play Ruan there. Why would he bring in a guy who has made his name as a nippy left wing, as a scrumie? Ruan is there to fill in as fullback (only Krusty there) or as wing with JeanDIV.

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.06.10 08:10:43 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

  • Both JdV en Jaque Fourie can cover wing, Jaque can be FB aswell. But Ruan is the one that will be screwed around.

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.06.10 10:41:03 by JarsonX Reply
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  • So Frans Steyn is the ONLY overseas based Bok not making the team.

  • Comment 21, posted at 27.06.10 10:43:18 by JarsonX Reply
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  • JP Pietersen; Adi Jacobs; Bismark Du Plessis – They all injured, as is Odwa Ndungane & since we only have 2 wings, he might of been included as well.
    Pity Frans Steyn isn’t there; if him & PDV can’t get along now, will he even be choosen when he returns? I hope we have him for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Just imagine the damage he could cause with 60M penalties!!! 😯

  • Comment 22, posted at 27.06.10 12:41:28 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • Ruan Pienaar is going to play everywhere but scrumhalf. I don’t blame him if he does leave!

  • Comment 23, posted at 27.06.10 12:46:11 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • PDV will come to regret the omission of F Steyn….but all in all a very powerful squad.

  • Comment 24, posted at 27.06.10 13:19:12 by grant10 Reply

  • thankfully the Smit at 3 fiasco seems to be fnally out to pasture…..five class props, no need to play smit out of position anymore.

  • Comment 25, posted at 27.06.10 13:20:17 by grant10 Reply

  • will be very interesting to see what happens when players like Brussow, Juan Smith , Bissy back in the mix.

  • Comment 26, posted at 27.06.10 13:21:12 by grant10 Reply

  • @grant10 (Comment 25) : I’d wait til Bissy gets back before saying that

  • Comment 27, posted at 27.06.10 14:11:59 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 27) : ja…..


    but i reckon the failed experiment is now over.

  • Comment 28, posted at 27.06.10 14:51:50 by grant10 Reply

  • @grant10 (Comment 28) : Hope so

  • Comment 29, posted at 27.06.10 15:26:44 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • @grant10 (Comment 28) :

    So what subject will you post on now that the Smit at 3 drum has been removed? 😛

  • Comment 30, posted at 27.06.10 18:20:48 by KSA Shark © Reply

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    Why do you think he’s been so scarce??
    He has nothing else to moan about!! 😉

  • Comment 31, posted at 27.06.10 19:04:50 by wpw Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 30) : @wpw (Comment 31) : 😆 😆

  • Comment 32, posted at 27.06.10 19:47:39 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 4) : I have to agree… can’t think of any Sharks not selected and who are not currently injured that deserved a place in the Bok squad

  • Comment 33, posted at 28.06.10 15:43:52 by CS Reply


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