Sharks well represented in Bok tour squad

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Springboks, Tri Nations on 8 Jul 2011 at 15:17
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The Springbok tour squad to contest the away leg of the 2011 Castle Tri-Nations series has just been named. Sharks captain John Smit will lead a 27-man squad to the Antipodes that includes no fewer than eight other Sharks players.

The Bulls also have 9 representatives in total amongst the 27, with the Cheetahs (4), Western Province (2) , Ulster (2) and the Lions (1) providing the balance of the representatives. The side is obviously short on experience, with so many of the first-choice stars ruled out, but can count on a number of test veterans including Smit, Danie Rossouw, Johann Muller, Morne Steyn, Ruan Pienaar, Wynand Olivier and Adrian Jacobs.

Three flyhalves have been included, with Pat Lambie and Elton Jantjies both providing backup to Steyn, while both Chilliboy Ralepelle and Adriaan Strauss will provide hooking cover for Smit. With only one specialist tighthead named in Wener Kruger, the Bok captain will no doubt serve as the de facto cover in this position as well.

Bulls loosehead Dean Geryling is the only member of the tour squad who has never been on tour with the Boks, while five other players in the squad have yet to make their test debuts. Charl McLeod is the only uncapped Sharks player in the squad and as one of only two scrumhalves, looks certain to make his test debut during the course of the tour.

Castle Tri-Nations tour squad:

Player Province
Gio Aplon DHL Western Province
Bjorn Basson Vodacom Blue Bulls
Juan de Jongh DHL Western Province
Adrian Jacobs The Sharks
Elton Jantjies MTN Lions
Patrick Lambie The Sharks
Charl McLeod The Sharks
Lwazi Mvovo The Sharks
Odwa Ndungane The Sharks
Wynand Olivier Vodacom Blue Bulls
Ruan Pienaar Ulster
Morne Steyn Vodacom Blue Bulls
Heinrich Brรผssow Toyota Free State Cheetahs
Jean Deysel The Sharks
Dean Greyling Vodacom Blue Bulls
Alistair Hargreaves The Sharks
Ryan Kankowski The Sharks
Werner Kruger Vodacom Blue Bulls
Ashley Johnson Toyota Free State Cheetahs
Johann Muller Ulster
Coenie Oosthuizen Toyota Free State Cheetahs
Chiliboy Ralepelle Vodacom Blue Bulls
Danie Rossouw Vodacom Blue Bulls
John Smit (captain) The Sharks
Deon Stegmann Vodacom Blue Bulls
Adriaan Strauss Toyota Free State Cheetahs
Flip van der Merwe Vodacom Blue Bulls


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  • Comment 1, posted at 08.07.11 15:20:10 by Mutley Reply
  • Who is the extra guy?
    49-21 = 28, means there is one guy who won’t tour but is not ‘injured’ either

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.07.11 15:21:35 by Ossa Reply

  • well – so at least we now know how many players we’ll be getting back…


  • Comment 3, posted at 08.07.11 15:21:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Ossa (Comment 2) : good question! Let’s go have a look

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.07.11 15:24:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : Spies?

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.07.11 15:25:49 by Ossa Reply

  • Can some one tell me what the hell did Stegmann do to deserve his spot? Keegan made him his bitch so many times, but I bet you if CSI did a DNA swab of Deon’s lips they will find Matfield’s ass cells on there.

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.07.11 15:25:52 by KingRiaan Reply

  • no Pierre Spies and no Zane Kirchner…

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.07.11 15:25:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • Where’s Pierre Spies? I don’t recall him being on the injured list…?

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.07.11 15:26:25 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : 49-1(ricky)+1(charl)+1(deysel)-21-27 = spies and zane?

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.07.11 15:28:02 by Ossa Reply

  • @KingRiaan (Comment 6) : Eish, don’t get me started…

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.07.11 15:30:46 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 8) : he’s not there…

    Just to make the the number add up… once Deysel was added, the number actually went up to 50.

    So, take away the 21 injured players and the 27 named to tour and you are left with two “dropped” players, if you like, Spies and Kirchner.

    I guess Kirchner will go back to Currie Cup (unless he has picked up an injury in the last 2 days) while Spies will probably just be rested.

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.07.11 15:31:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • A certain other site is saying that CJ will hopefully be fit enough to travel, any news on that?

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.07.11 15:32:18 by molly Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 6) : I wonder, if I can get Stegmann deported, would that make him ineligble to play for the Boks? I have contacts at Home Affairs…

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.07.11 15:33:02 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 6) : Ooooh nicely put.

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.07.11 15:35:16 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • 1. De-han 2. Smit 3. Kruger
    4. Flip 5. Muller
    6. Brussouw 7. Deysel 8. Johnson

    9. Ruan 10. Steyn
    12. WO 13. De Jongh
    11. Mvovo 15. Gio 14. Bjorn

    ? Meh. Better than in 2007

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.07.11 15:35:29 by Ossa Reply

  • @molly (Comment 12) : He was busy on an intense conditioning programme a couple weeks ago, was wondering what for.

  • Comment 16, posted at 08.07.11 15:36:17 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Ossa (Comment 15) : Only really have an issue with 12, otherwise that squad can be described as competent at the very least.

  • Comment 17, posted at 08.07.11 15:37:31 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 17) : Probable, not preferable. Given the players, who else at 12? Would love to see Lambie at 10 though. De jongh at 12, adi at 13?

  • Comment 18, posted at 08.07.11 15:39:53 by Ossa Reply

  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 16) : ๐Ÿ™

  • Comment 19, posted at 08.07.11 15:41:35 by molly Reply
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  • Olivier will start at 12. That’s for damn sure!! ๐Ÿ™„

  • Comment 20, posted at 08.07.11 15:49:49 by wpw Reply
  • Pierre Spies has a groin injury he went for tests today he just recently got back from italy so make that 22 injured boks :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 08.07.11 15:52:06 by Muzi Reply

  • @Muzi (Comment 21) : Haha must’ve rucked his girlfriend too hard :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 08.07.11 15:53:15 by KingRiaan Reply

  • de jongh 12, adi 13? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Comment 23, posted at 08.07.11 15:53:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • apparently Sideshow Zane is also injured

  • Comment 24, posted at 08.07.11 15:54:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 22) : Don’t think he can ruck hard enough to pull anything….

  • Comment 25, posted at 08.07.11 15:54:22 by Ossa Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 20) : So? He was part of your kick-ass team if I’m not mistaken? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Comment 26, posted at 08.07.11 15:54:49 by Ben Reply
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  • Really hope Johann Muller’s hammie is okay…i would feel very uncomfortable with Hragreaves in the Number 5 shirt. I Don’t think he has enough physicality for Tri-Nations Rugby.

    So likely Bok Team-

    2.Smit (C)
    6.Stegmann…P.divvy is going to phase Brussow in slowly.

    18.Deysel (Danie is starting so we don’t need Hargs)

    Sharks V Bulls

    1.Van Staden
    15.Stef (C)

    17.I would go for Redlinghuys.
    21.4 me P.Jordaan ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Comment 27, posted at 08.07.11 15:55:35 by JJR Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : @robdylan (Comment 23) : Stop repeating me :mrgreen:

  • Comment 28, posted at 08.07.11 15:58:34 by Ossa Reply

  • @Ossa (Comment 25) : True that

  • Comment 29, posted at 08.07.11 16:00:49 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @Culling Song (Comment 8) : Spies is on holiday in Italy – saw it mentioned somewhere on twitter

  • Comment 30, posted at 08.07.11 16:01:05 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : poor Adi, hardly gets game time and when he does he knows the ball wont be passed to him. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  • Comment 31, posted at 08.07.11 16:08:42 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Breaking news!!!!!!!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜† Sadie and J-J Engelbrecht have signed for the bulls welcome to the family guys.
    A huge blow to wp rugby.

  • Comment 32, posted at 08.07.11 16:24:06 by Muzi Reply

  • @Salmonoid (Comment 31) : :mrgreen:

    @Muzi (Comment 32) : Poor Sadie will never see a rugby ball again!

  • Comment 33, posted at 08.07.11 16:42:16 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Two very good signings. Thought the Sharks had a chance with JJ.

  • Comment 34, posted at 08.07.11 17:12:14 by Speed7 Reply

  • I think they really missed a trick by leaving out Sarel Pretorius. I’d rather see him tried and failed than not tried at all during this “experimental” phase of RWC preparations. We want our best side at the RWC and Sarel offers a completely different approach to du Preez off the bench.

  • Comment 35, posted at 08.07.11 17:22:24 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 35) : I agree, would have taken Sarel instead of Charl.

  • Comment 36, posted at 08.07.11 17:24:30 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 36) : Ya Charl just looks off his best. I was completely in favour of him joining the November tour squad coz of form but now we’re ignoring a form player who’s given many of players in our 2 3N opponents a really hard time.

  • Comment 37, posted at 08.07.11 17:34:04 by beet Reply
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  • I concur.

  • Comment 38, posted at 08.07.11 17:39:44 by Ben Reply
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  • I’m guessing that Lambie’s chances are going to come at 12 on this tour either as a starter with de Jongh or as a back up to Olivier.

  • Comment 39, posted at 08.07.11 17:49:24 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 37) : No wonder Sarel moved to the Waratahs. Wouldn’t be to suprised to see him in the Aussie colours in the next 2 years or so.

  • Comment 40, posted at 08.07.11 18:27:36 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 40) : That’s a good reason to hand every potentially good player a cap.

    Shaun Sowerby would probably have raked up 50+ caps for France by now had it not been for that one Bok cap that he earned.

    I think Sarel is already a bit too old to hold out for an Aussie call up in a few years time. But the Aussie citizenship that comes with sticking around was possibly a draw card.

  • Comment 41, posted at 08.07.11 18:49:23 by beet Reply
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  • Still a good team….

    Coenie has been great this year…
    SO to Adriaan Strauss….
    Danie and Flip are both great locks…(not sure how Muller has been playing)

    Great flankers….Danie can cover there too…
    Pienaar/Mcloed both up for it….(would have preferred Sarel here)

    3 good flyhalfs…and Lambie can cover for 15…

    Real happy that Odwa is back…he was the best Sharks player before his injury…so my wings are Odwa and Basson (NO QUESTION)…

    Wynand and De Jong in the centre…

    With Aplon/ Lambie at 15

  • Comment 42, posted at 08.07.11 19:42:11 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Ossa (Comment 15) :

    Odwa before Mvovo all day long…
    Mvovo was not particularly good the end of the season…esp on defense…

  • Comment 43, posted at 08.07.11 19:43:59 by Hmmm Reply

  • The Bulls have been a good scrummaging side….
    So donno if Coenie to start off the bench then….

  • Comment 44, posted at 08.07.11 19:47:52 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 42) : Isn’t it time for us to move past WO. He’s been tried a few times at the top level but has never come close to being the same dominant player that the Bulls were able to depend on during successful SR campaigns???

  • Comment 45, posted at 08.07.11 20:07:15 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 45) :

    Hey I personally would have played Doppies…but in that squad WO is def the best to have in the midfield…a De jongh/ Jacobs midfield will just be far too weak in def….even for super rugby….
    The only decent defender in the midfield…
    Lambie maybe…but at 12? This soon?

  • Comment 46, posted at 08.07.11 20:28:58 by Hmmm Reply

  • De Jongh is a much better defender than he gets credit for. As for Adi at 13, I think he has proved without a doubt that he can defend at test level.

  • Comment 47, posted at 08.07.11 22:37:12 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 47) :

    De Jongh gets bumped off of tackles far too much in my opinion…you cannot get credit for that…
    Adi can def hold his own…but him and De Jongh alongside each other is going to be a stretch…
    Play it and you’ll see it…

    I still say Doppies should have been called up to cover for the watered down 3N team…esp on S15 performance…

  • Comment 48, posted at 09.07.11 10:32:39 by Hmmm Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 47) : We’ll talk in a few weeks time. We can just hope he is a sub and not a starter.

  • Comment 49, posted at 09.07.11 10:37:09 by KSA Shark ยฉ Reply

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  • Yeah ol’ Spies has decided to go for a holiday in Italy and now has been said to have a groin “injury” so he cannot tour. I hope they start Lambie, whether it is from fullback or flyhalf – I don’t really care.

  • Comment 50, posted at 09.07.11 19:15:19 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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