Kanko and Johnson added to the Bok mix

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Posted in :In the news, Springboks, Tri Nations on 8 Aug 2011 at 14:49
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Looseforwards Ashley Johnson and Ryan Kankowski were on Monday added to the Springbok squad to cover for a number of injury concerns among back row forwards.

Johnson, who made his Test debut against Australia in Sydney last month, and Kankowski were added as cover for Danie Rossouw and Pierre Spies for the Castle Tri-Nations Test against Australia in Durban on Saturday.

Rossouw joined the squad 24 hours late on Monday after suffering a bout of gastroenteritis. Team doctor, Dr Craig Roberts, said the player would be monitored during the week before a decision on his fitness was made.

Spies is continuing his rehabilitation from a groin injury and was unable to train on Monday.

Three other looseforwards – Schalk Burger (hand), Juan Smith (Achilles) and Willem Alberts (shoulder) are with the squad as part of their rehabilitation. Only Alberts is in contention for selection on Saturday but he too was unable to train on Monday because of back stiffness.

“The majority of the players on the injured list are now recovered although there are some niggles that still need management,” said Peter de Villiers, Springbok coach.

“But we also have a number of short-term issues among the loose forwards that are complicating planning for Saturday.”

The Springbok team for the match is due to be named on Tuesday.

Revised Springbok Squad for Tests versus Australia (August 13) Mr Price Kings Park, Durban:

BACKS Province/Club Caps
Gio Aplon DHL Western Province 14
Frans Steyn Racing Metro, France 42
JP Pietersen The Sharks 36
Bryan Habana DHL Western Province 68
Jaque Fourie DHL Western Province 62
Juan de Jongh DHL Western Province 8
Jean de Villiers DHL Western Province 67
Morne Steyn Vodacom Blue Bulls 27
Butch James MTN Golden Lions 40
Ruan Pienaar Ulster, N Ireland 49
Fourie du Preez Vodacom Blue Bulls 55
Francois Hougaard Vodacom Blue Bulls 8
Pierre Spies Vodacom Blue Bulls 40
Jean Deysel The Sharks 3
Danie Rossouw Vodacom Blue Bulls 56
Ryan Kankowski The Sharks 19
Ashley Johnson Toyota Free State Cheetahs 2
Heinrich Brüssow            Toyota Free State Cheetahs 13
Bakkies Botha          Vodacom Blue Bulls 72
Victor Matfield Vodacom Blue Bulls 105
Gerhard Mostert Stade Francais, France 1
John Smit (captain) The Sharks 104
Bismarck du Plessis The Sharks 36
Tendai Mtawarira The Sharks 26
Jannie du Plessis The Sharks >24
Gurthrö Steenkamp Vodacom Blue Bulls 31
CJ van der Linde MTN Golden Lions 71

Issued by SARU Communications


  • well there we go… guess we’re keeping the same loose forward mix anyway.

    I’d like to see Plum give big Dan a run against Province, since we aren’t going to have Hoff

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.08.11 14:53:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • This is the side I expect PDV will select (fitness permitting)

    15 Frans Steyn
    14 JPP
    13 Fourie
    12 JDV
    11 Habana
    10 Butch
    9 FDP

    1 Beast
    2 Smit
    3 Jannie
    4 Bakkies
    5 Matfield
    6 Brussow
    7 Deysel
    8 Spies

    Bench: Aplon, Morne Steyn, Hougaard, CJ, Bissie, Mostert, Johnson

    Personally, I’d have Aplon in ahead of Habana but can’t see it!

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.08.11 15:02:26 by Villie Reply
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  • What the heck is gastroenteritis?

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.08.11 15:18:29 by Ben Reply
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  • Gastroenteritis – Inflammation of the stomach and intestines.

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.08.11 15:24:06 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 3) : @Ben (Comment 4) : A really kak time thats what it is lol… Must be all that clean Pretoria water they have, haha

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.08.11 15:28:28 by G West Reply
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    G West
  • @Ben (Comment 3) : Erm…spuitpoep.

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.08.11 15:36:44 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @G West (Comment 5) : hahahaha. 🙂

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.08.11 15:47:11 by Puma Reply

  • Pity we lose Kanko to the Boks this week. Thought we would have had him for the Province game.

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.08.11 15:49:14 by Puma Reply

  • Gastroenteritis- is Guthro Steenkamp having a bad day at the office

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.08.11 16:20:02 by AlterEgo Reply


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