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Meyer preparing for 2015?

Written by Scott Bevan (The Hobbit)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 2 Apr 2012 at 14:30
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With the news of Frans Steyn rejecting an offer to extend his contract at Racing Metro (well done to Rob who picked up on this before most news sites) the rumour mill regarding other overseas players being contacted by newly appointed Springbok Coach, Heyneke Meyer, is heating up.

Is Meyer preparing for 2012 or is he finding it hard to break ties with some of his old Bulls players? Word on the street has it that he would like former Bulls player, Fourie Du Preez, at No. 9 even if it is only for one season. Other Japan based players in the mix are Fourie’s Suntory Goliath team mate, Danie Rossouw and the Kobe Kobelco Steelers, Jaque Fourie.

I fully understand that Meyer has only 1 week with the Bok’s prior to the first test and would like to get off to a winning start but should this not be the perfect opportunity to blood the young up and coming Bok’s that are more likely to feature in 2015 than to select a team of players close to retirement who are playing good rugby but playing in leagues that are far off the Super Rugby pace?

In my opinion, François Hougaard should be given the No. 9 jersey as he is one of the most rounded scrumhalf’s out there at the moment, and with the talent we have locally at lock and loose forwards, why not give them the opportunity?

As I stated in the beginning, these are just rumours, but I for one would prefer they stay that way and see Meyer build on young talent so we can lift the trophy on October 17, 2015.


  • Meyer needs to put the countries interests before his own personal ones..thing is though du preez is only 29 or something like that and isn’t exactly way over the top..but where do u accomodate him and hougie..I would rather see hougaard his style and with more game time could become a gregan type of player..if not better..

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.04.12 14:57:38 by shaniboi Reply
  • We have enough young talent in the country to build an awesome team. No need to beg players who does not want to play here any more.

    Hougaard, Sarel, McLeod and even Van Zyl can all do the job at 9, then there’s Ruan, but he extended his European contract with two more years, so he’s out imo.

    Loosies/lock we all know we have a massive talent pool when it comes to loosies. Each SA team has at least 2 Bok contenders in this position. – Duan, Kolisi, Burger, even Koster, Josh, Pierre, Johnson, Brussouw, Alberts, Marcelle, Deysel (or any of the Sharks loosies). Lock is more tough, but look at guys like Etzebeth and Kruger stepping up. Then you still have Bekker and Flip van der Merwe, two Bok locks playing decent games each week.

    Centres – for a change SA looks great when it comes to the midfield. The Jean/Juan pairing looks strong. Olivier always plays great for the Bulls. Sadie and Venter looks exciting for them. Whitehead has come out and showed some quality centre play. JPP is stepping up in this position. Bosman even looked awesome at times. And then there’s Eberson for the Cheetahs, who’s been pushing for higher colors since he started playing for the Cheetahs.

    Give one of these okes a shot. I don’t see why we’d want to look anywhere else but here in South Africa.

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.04.12 14:57:50 by Letgo Reply
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  • I think FDP still has a lot to offer the Boks. Hougaard is not the complete article yet and if FDP can get back to his 2007 form he should easily be 1st choice!!

    Danie Rossouw – nee dankie!

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.04.12 14:59:25 by wpw Reply
  • The bokke need to delevop a new type of playing style..something that will knock the kiwis off their feet and keep them down..cause to be honest our biggest threat will come from the land of the white cloud in 2015..watching the chiefs,crusaders,highlanders,hurricanes and blues u see a different style of play..more fluent and counter attacking..they can string a couple of passes and they stick..

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.04.12 15:01:22 by shaniboi Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 3) : FdP will never get back to his 2007 form. Has nothing left to offer the Boks imo.

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.04.12 15:10:09 by Ben Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 3) : thats what Im getting at, If we give the no9 to Hougie do you not think he will emulate the 2007 of FdP if not surpass that form.

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.04.12 15:24:12 by Scott B Reply
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  • Don’t select overseas Boks – its the best thing for the future of SA rugby.

    A coach will do whatever keeps his bosses happy – even if its short-sighted and destructive in the long-run, which is why selecting players abroad shouldn’t be the national coach’s call.

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.04.12 15:30:43 by Big Fish Reply
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  • I imagine the pressure on Heyneke to perform right out of the blocks is immense, what with the public having been clamouring for his appointment ever since he narrowly missed out to PDivvy. Given how little time he has to prepare with the Boks before his first test as coach, I would not be surprised if he wanted to select players he is familiar with, or who are familiar with the Bok setup.

    So while I may not endorse it, I would understand some of those selections. In fairness, Heyenek himself may see them as strictly short-term selections until he finds his feet. I’m gonna give him the benefit of the doubt. Until he selects Slegmann, that is :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.04.12 15:36:55 by Culling Song Reply
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  • I wonder when Heyneke will announce his coaching team…..or was he waiting for the England coach to be announced first?

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.04.12 15:43:47 by Pokkel Reply
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  • What the hell, this post is all over the place in my browser but it looks fine in the backend of the site.

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.04.12 15:45:44 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • If FDP is on form and fit, then Hougaard’s best position is on the bench where he can cover wing and scrumhalf with equal aplomb. I’ve always preferred the latter on the wing anyway, i’d play him ahead of Habana in fact.

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.04.12 16:19:34 by The Quirk Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 10) : I sorted it… some pesky stray carriage returns that I hadn’t noticed

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.04.12 16:21:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 2) : Where have you seen sadie excite anything?

    the boy has not by any stretch lived up to the hype.

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.04.12 16:48:03 by Megatron Reply

  • @Letgo (Comment 2) : You know Sarel is in Australia right? Even though he plays in the same competition, he is still a overseas player. So why can he be selected and Ruan not?

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.04.12 17:32:15 by Ben Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 13) : I agree.

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.04.12 17:34:48 by Ben Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 13) : How many games has he played for the Bulls? He has been injured and only just returned on Sat. Give the oke a chance!

    If you had watched the guy last season for the Stormers and for junior teams, then you would see why he is a hugely exciting player!

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.04.12 18:22:20 by Villie Reply
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  • No need for Danie, so not sure why they’re even discussing selecting him.

    Jaque Fourie also is an excellent ball carrier, but hardly irreplaceable and our backline never really fired with him and Jean de Villiers as the centres… not like when we had Barry & Joubert in the early 2000’s. I wouldn’t take him as an overseas player either.

    But Fourie du Preez is irreplaceable and a must for this team. Only 28/29 and he’s a tactical genius from the scrumhalf position. Both him and Hougaard should be there. If we pick the best 22 always, we will develop the right culture in that Springbok team. A winning one.

  • Comment 17, posted at 03.04.12 03:09:41 by hendrikp Reply

  • @Villie (Comment 16) : then ANY talk of him should be suspended until further notice!

    how many super rugby games did sadie start last year?

    deliver the goods & THEN get talked up to Bok level & not the other way round.

    if he performs between now & the end of the season thenby all means meyer must draft him but certainly not on bit part super rugby form, currie cup or age group hype!

  • Comment 18, posted at 03.04.12 04:10:47 by Megatron Reply

  • @Villie (Comment 16) : in the same vein nick koster should’ve just walked into the bok team then as the hype about him too was RIDICULOUS!

  • Comment 19, posted at 03.04.12 04:13:20 by Megatron Reply

  • All I can think of when I see the name FdP at 9 is a “skop-en-bid” gameplan and I was hoping we can get away from that stupid idea. We have some greatly talented players who can offer much more than chasing after up and unders.

    Please, Heyneke, do us and the rest of the rugby-loving world a favour and coach an attacking, phase-based game where we only kick to get out of our territory or for attacking field position.

  • Comment 20, posted at 03.04.12 08:43:01 by rhineshark Reply
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