Worms is WP’s Currie Cup captain

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, WP on 29 Jun 2010 at 16:23
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Vodacom WP coach Allister Coetzee has announced a squad of 35 players for the 2010 Absa Currie Cup season.
Vodacom WP will start their campaign this weekend, when they take on the Griffons in a SARU compulsory friendly in Welkom on Friday night.

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Coetzee will announce his match 22 on Wednesday, but is expected to field a strong outfit in order to hit the ground running for the opener on Saturday 10 July against Free State in Bloemfontein.

With eight players out due to National duty, of which six are backline players, Coetzee will use this opportunity to blood a number of younger players.

Amongst the forwards, Buhle Mxunyelwa adds depth at tighthead. The former Border player made a few appearances in this year´s Varsity Cup for Maties and also represented Vodacom WP in this year´s Vodacom Cup.

Vodacom WP under 21 loosehead Hein van der Merwe will provide back-up to Wicus and JD. Rynardt Elstadt graduates to the senior team ranks, after showing promise in the Vodacom WP under 21 ranks in 2009, as well as for Province in the Vodacom Cup earlier this year. Whilst Elstadt has played most of his junior rugby at lock, he will add brute force at loose forward, where Province have lost the services of Burger and Louw to the Boks. Also bolstering the loose forwards is another promising prospect in Yaya Hartzenberg. The U21 back rower was part of the Vodacom Stormers pre-season preparation match against Boland and won a number of man of the match awards for UCT in this year´s Varsity Cup.

SA U21 flyhalf Lionel Cronje will take this opportunity to learn from the experienced Willem de Waal, whilst Peter Grant spends the season in Japan. Grant will return for the 2011 Vodacom Stormers season, providing the talented Cronje with playing time at a higher level.

Tim Whitehead, who gained valuable Super 14 experience this season, will look to build on his form. Joining Tim is Morgan Newman and Paul Bosch, to fill the voids left by Jaque Fourie and Juan de Jongh.

Another new face in the squad is utility back Marcel Brache. Brache was spotted in this year´s Varsity Cup, wearing the colours of UCT, and excelled at centre, wing and fullback in the Club competition. This will be his first taste of Absa Currie Cup rugby. In the wings, JJ Engelbrecht returns to the field after showing glimpses of brilliance between injury lay-offs. Fabian Juries will add pace and skill, and the versatile Johann Sadie, who has represented WP at age group level, also gets his first crack at Absa Currie Cup rugby. Conrad Jantjes returns to play after a long term injury lay-off, and as a senior man in the squad, his presence will have a calming effect on the youngsters around him.

Anton van Zyl will captain the Vodacom WP team in the 2010 Absa Currie Cup, with Dewaldt Duvenage as vice captain. The Province Springboks (Schalk Burger, Andries Bekker, Ricky January, Juan de Jongh, Jean de Villiers, Jaque Fourie, Bryan Habana and Gio Aplon) will only be available for selection for a possible Absa Currie Cup semi final.

Full Squad:
Props: Wicus Blaauw, Brok Harris, JD Moller, JC Kritzinger, Hein van der Merwe, Buhle Mxunyelwa
Hookers: Tiaan Liebenberg, Deon Fourie, Hanyani Shimange, Callie Visagie
Locks: Adriaan Fondse, Anton van Zyl (Captain), Martin Muller, De Kock Steenkamp
Loose Forwards: Pieter Louw, Rynardt Elstadt, Duane Vermeulen, Pieter Myburgh, Yaya Hartzenberg, Nick Koster
Scrumhalves: Dewaldt Duvenage, Conrad Hoffmann, Louis Schreuder
Flyhalves: Willem de Waal, Lionel Cronje
Centres: Paul Bosch, Tim Whitehead, Morgan Newman,
Wings: Frikkie Welsh, Fabian Juries, JJ Engelbrecht
Fullbacks: Conrad Jantjes, Tiger Bax
Utility Backs: Johann Sadie, Marcel Brache


  • Not a bad squad at all!! Looking forward to seeing Koster and Yaya!! Both have real bright futures imo.
    Go Provvvvviiiiiinnnnnnncccceee!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.06.10 16:28:26 by wpw Reply
  • So walter Venter has been dropped by the Lions RU because of bad form ❓ 😕 MAybe the Sharks should take a look in now…. 😛

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.06.10 16:41:07 by SharksRTB Reply

  • Schreuder??? BWAAAAAA

    Kakkest scrumhalf of all time.

    Even worse than Ryan Walker

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.06.10 16:46:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • SharksRTB
    And you posted that on a WP thread why?? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.06.10 16:47:59 by wpw Reply
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    Isn’t he the starting scrummie for the SA U20’s?? 🙄

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.06.10 16:49:32 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 5) : seriously, he was rubbish in the comp. I’m more excited about Hoffman getting more game time.

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.06.10 17:11:11 by molly Reply
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  • I saw that molly. He even passed to the linesman a few times!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.06.10 17:20:03 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 5) : he is and he’s AWFUL

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.06.10 17:38:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • SA just thumped WI 5-0 in the ODI series and 2-0 in the tests.


  • Comment 9, posted at 29.06.10 17:43:07 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 9) : over on Did you get lost?

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.06.10 23:19:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • Thanks for that Rob! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.06.10 05:44:11 by wpw Reply
  • Morning All. Has anybody noticed how many Varsity Cup players are included in the WP and Bulls CC sqads. It is a traversty that the NRU/Sharks allowed Varsity rugby to die in KZN in favour of the academy. And they were warned about this very fact at the time. This is why the academy is no longer producing top class youngsters because they choose to go where they can experience the thrill and exposure of varsity cup rugby. What a shame!! And shame on them!!

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.06.10 07:55:25 by Mavericman Reply

  • @Mavericman (Comment 12) : Hi Mavericman and welcome to the site.

    Just a word of advice – please try to avoid posting the same comment to multiple threads. We’re a pretty chatty bunch, so you’re bound to get a reply if you only post your views in one place 🙂

    As for the comment about Varsity Cup rugby, I’m afraid you’re spot on. I wrote an article a while ago – try search the site for “Sharks need in on the Varsity Cup action” or something like that. UKZN will be fielding a team in the Varsity Shield competition next year, though, which seems a step in the right direction.

    Can you give some more info about how the union was warned about allowing “varsity rugby to die in KZN”? I was under the impression that the varsity game has never been particularly strong in the province…

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.06.10 08:15:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Mavericman (Comment 12) : So you’re saying that at a learning institution that has never been known for it’s rugby culture like Maties or Tukkies, it still has a better, more professional way of producing rugby players than a rugby academy?

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.06.10 08:28:50 by Baldrick Reply

  • Baldy, play nice with the new posters, please

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.06.10 08:48:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • Well they`ll have our number in the front row and backline department. Think our loosies can win this one for us on their own??

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.06.10 15:27:22 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : You are quite right….only one University in the province with 2 campuses,that played rugby so always entered teams in the Club competions…..

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.06.10 16:35:21 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • @Baldrick (Comment 14) : WP Rugby Academy is part of Maties. 😆

  • Comment 18, posted at 01.07.10 12:59:49 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : He is better then cocky Cockette tho.

    Louis will become a great Boet, it was more the Shark lot (they havent even made the U19 CC semis last year) in the forwards that gave him backfoot ball.

  • Comment 19, posted at 01.07.10 13:02:13 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @Mavericman (Comment 12) : welcome :mrgreen:

  • Comment 20, posted at 01.07.10 18:58:14 by chaz Reply


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