Bok tour group amended

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 31 Oct 2010 at 15:57
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Adi Jacobs has been called up to the Bok tour squad as a precautionary measure and may well go on tour, depending on the fitness of other centres in the squad.

Both Jean de Villiers and Juan de Jongh are in doubt for the tour following groin and ankle injuries respectively, sustained during Saturday’s Currie Cup final. De Jongh was replaced during the first half, while de Villiers was forced to soldier on despite his injury, which may go some way to explaining an uncharacteristically lacklustre display from the veteran inside centre.

Another Province back, scrum half Ricky Januarie, lasted just 20 minutes of the final and he has already been confirmed as the tour party’s first casualty. No replacement has yet been named, although it is possible that another scrumhalf will be added to the group following a general squad fitness assessment tomorrow. Jacobs, who is today en route to Johannesburg to join up with the squad, will also learn his fate after this assessment.

The tour group is as follows:

Props: Beast Mtawarira (Sharks), Jannie du Plessis (Sharks), Coenie Oosthuizen (Cheetahs)*, CJ van der Linde (Cheetahs)
Hookers: Bismarck du Plessis (Sharks), Adriaan Strauss (Cheetahs), Chilliboy Ralepelle (Bulls)
Locks: Victor Matfield (Bulls, Captain), Bakkies Botha (Bulls), Flip van der Merwe (Bulls), Alistair Hargreaves (Sharks)
Loose Forwards: Schalk Burger (WP), Juan Smith (Cheetahs, Vice Captain), Pierre Spies (Bulls), Ryan Kankowski (Sharks), Keegan Daniel (Sharks)*, Willem Alberts (Sharks)*
Scrumhalves: Francois Hougaardt (Bulls), Ruan Pienaar (Ulster)
Flyhalves: Morne Steyn (Bulls), Patrick LAmbie (Sharks)*, Elton Jantjies (Lions)*
Centres: Jean de Villiers (WP), Jean de Jongh (WP), Adrian Jacobs (Sharks)**
Outside Backs: Gio Aplon (WP), Bryan Habana (WP), Lwazi Mvovo (Sharks)*, Bjorn Basson (Griquas), Francois Steyn (Racing Metro)

* indicates uncapped player
** indicates provisional squad member


  • The good news about Ricky Januaries injury is that the squad depth can be tested.

    I am not sure what Adi has done to deserve his call up because if he wasn’t fit or good enough to play for the Sharks then he probably isn’t fit or good enough to play for the Boks.

    I am glad to see some new faces, we really need to test the depth with the WC coming up.

  • Comment 1, posted at 31.10.10 16:16:16 by lostfish Reply
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  • ah, hows replacing a useless scrum half with a center gonna help?? if you ask me its cause of colour once again…. frik its annoying

  • Comment 2, posted at 31.10.10 16:37:28 by jessi Reply

  • @lostfish (Comment 1) :
    He was fit enough to score against WP 3 weeks ago: I suspect he couldn’t play in the knock-outs due to too few round-robin appearances.

    Considering we have 2 new flyhalves and all our experienced centres are injures, I can’t see in what way his selection could be deemed controversial.

    @jessi (Comment 2) :
    I think you would do well to read the rules friend.

  • Comment 3, posted at 31.10.10 16:42:28 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @jessi (Comment 2) : btw just read the article again he isn’t there because ricky is injured but he’s there in case jdv or jdj aren’t fit to go on tour.

  • Comment 4, posted at 31.10.10 16:49:25 by Ben Reply
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  • @jessi (Comment 2) : please, we don’t tolerate discussion about race here. I’ll just issue a warning since you’re new, but if you say something like that again, you will be banned, as per the site rules

  • Comment 5, posted at 31.10.10 17:05:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 3) : Perhaps he wasn’t eligible for the semi or final but I thought he was after the reports saying Swannie / Odwa was picked over him.

    It’s not really controversial but more of a what has he done to deserve his call up, he has played 20 minutes of rugby over a good few months.

    It is a real pity about JdJ, I was looking forward to seeing him cutting the NH teams defense to ribbons. I really hope he is fit enough to tour.

  • Comment 6, posted at 31.10.10 17:12:35 by lostfish Reply
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  • Andries Strauss! Maybe Adi Jacobs was a better option when looking at experience, but Strauss is definitely playing very well.

  • Comment 7, posted at 31.10.10 17:21:12 by Tana Reply

  • @Tana (Comment 7) : nah andries doesn’t have the attacking qualitys to become a bok but he certainly defends well enough!

  • Comment 8, posted at 31.10.10 17:28:48 by Ben Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 6) :
    I see your point, but I think its also about having a wise old head amongst a slew of young backs.

  • Comment 9, posted at 31.10.10 18:23:05 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 9) : That’s a good point. I didn’t think of that one.

    I guess my concern is that if he isn’t fit enough and gets injured with the Boks then he will come back broken and we won’t get to use him for SupeRugby.

  • Comment 10, posted at 31.10.10 19:04:04 by lostfish Reply
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  • Ahhh, my one prediction came true. Said that either Adi or Meyer Bosman might get included.

  • Comment 11, posted at 31.10.10 20:31:32 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

  • Would you rather take the risk of a rookie or played a seasoned campaigner who’s been there, done that on the UK tour ? I say Jacobs inclusion would have questions but it’s for the better 😉

  • Comment 12, posted at 31.10.10 20:57:30 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 12) : Adi i’m glad u were called up i was thinking after the whole CC 2010 everything was great but where are u my friend but i’m glad the i hv faith in u and our NEW SHARKS SPRINGBOK TEAM :mrgreen: 😉

  • Comment 13, posted at 31.10.10 21:10:41 by chaz (Black & White forever) Reply

  • @chaz (Black & White forever) (Comment 13) : who is charlie? Why does everyone refer to him as adi?

  • Comment 14, posted at 31.10.10 21:23:45 by Ben Reply
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  • Charl macloed was supposed to be named as ricky’s replacement but he’s torn ankle ligaments. Bleak because I like his quick service.

  • Comment 15, posted at 31.10.10 21:38:08 by juz Reply

  • Adi is fit and could’ve played on saturday but he’d only played 20 mins of rugby this year. Funny that the sharks coach wouldn’t risk him but PDV is going to put him straight into the test fold.

  • Comment 16, posted at 31.10.10 21:42:51 by juz Reply

  • juz
    The same thing happened in 2008 when Adi started most Sharks games on the bench and yet when he got the chance at Bok level he was our best attacking player and ended up being nominated for SA Rugby Player of the Year!

  • Comment 17, posted at 31.10.10 21:54:51 by wpw Reply
  • I would rather send Strauss over. He has had his best year ever, and deserves a bok cap. His defence is also far more valuable to the bok team in wet weather games. He and Lambie have had a solid partnership so it is better to not break the pair up yet. Its not that I don’t like adi, it is more a case of how is his form. This is a shot at the grand slam, a rare opportunity. So we don’t want to put out of form players in the team.

  • Comment 18, posted at 01.11.10 07:22:29 by try time Reply

  • People are quick to whinge about Adi, but who else is there? Strauss is good on defence, but his attacking game is limited.

    Adi has class, and he’ll come back firing on all cylinders. Plus he needs the game time in the Bok set-up in preparation for next years world cup.

  • Comment 19, posted at 01.11.10 10:15:26 by CS Reply

  • We have to start with Schalk, Spies and Juan against Ireland.
    the Shark lads have had a tormenting two weeks and not ready to go into a test match against Ireland.

  • Comment 20, posted at 01.11.10 13:18:51 by dawj Reply


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