England name side for first midweek clash

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 12 Jun 2012 at 10:00
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Lock forward George Robson of Harlequins will lead the English dirt trackers tomorrow afternoon as the they take on the SA Barbarians (South) team in Kimberley. Kick-off is at 3pm.

Barbarians coach Jimmy Stonehouse has been forced into a single change to his side, with Border lock Samora Fihlani replacing the injured Ben Venter on the bench.

The English side is a completely different unit to the one that played in the first test and will feature Highlanders flanker Jamie Haskell as well as the experienced (if out-of-favour) halfback pairing of Danny Care and Charlie Hodgson. Coach Stuart Lancaster will be taking a bit of a chance in sending Care to Kimberley, given that there’s not much to do in that town after the game other than drink and drink some more – a game that the troubles scrumhalf knows only too well!

Bath’s Nick Abendanon, who has been summoned to join the tour party as an injury replacement, will play off the bench. While all the players will be out to impress, it’s amongst the centres and at fullback where the most is to be gained, with Brad Barritt and Mike Brown both needing to be replaced in the test side ahead of Saturday’s second leg in Johannesburg.

SA Barbarians (South): 15-Jacquin Jansen (Boland); 14-Cornal Hendricks (Boland), 13-Kempie Rautenbach (SWD), 12-Wayne Stevens (EP Kings, captain), 11-Norman Nelson (EP Kings); 10-Elgar Watts (Boland), 9-Boela Abrahams (EP Kings), 8-Jacques Engelbrecht (EP Kings), 7-Shaun Raubenheimer (SWD), 6-Mpho Mbiyozo (EP Kings), 5-David Bulbring (EP Kings), 4-Nolan Clark (Boland), 3-Ross Geldenhuys (Boland), 2-Hannes Franklin (EP Kings), 1-Corne Fourie (Pumas).
Replacements: 16-Clemen Lewis (Boland), 17-Dean Hopp (SWD), 18-Samora Fihlani (Border), 19-Zandre Jordaan (Boland), 20-Ntando Kebe (Border), 21-Ricardo Croy (Boland), 22-Ntabeni Dukisa (Border).

England XV: 15 Alex Goode (Saracens) 14 David Strettle (Saracens) 13 Anthony Allen (Leicester Tigers) 12 Jordan Turner-Hall (Harlequins) 11 Christian Wade (London Wasps) 10 Charlie Hodgson (Saracens) 9 Danny Care (Harlequins) 1 Matt Mullan (Worcester Warriors) 2 Joe Gray (Harlequins) 3 Paul Doran Jones (Northampton Saints) 4 Graham Kitchener (Leicester Tigers) 5 George Robson (capt, Harlequins) 6 James Haskell (Otago Highlanders) 7 Carl Fearns (Bath Rugby) 8 Thomas Waldrom (Leicester Tigers).
Replacements: 16 Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers) 17 Rupert Harden (Gloucester Rugby) 18 Tom Palmer (Stade Francais) 19 Jamie Gibson (London Irish) 20 Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints) 21 George Lowe (Harlequins) 22 Nick Abendanon (Bath Rugby).


  • I would have loved to see an SA A side made up of uncapped players play aginst this Pom side. Im afraid the score could get quite ugly against this SA Barbarains side.

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.06.12 11:10:08 by SheldonK Reply
  • @SheldonK (Comment 1) :

    Agreed 100%.

    Would’ve been the perfect place for Franco van der Merwe, Jacques Potgieter, Jano Vermaak, Elton Jantjies & JJ Engelbrecht… rather than in the Springbok squad.

    Something like this perhaps??

    1 JC Janse van Rensburg 2 Tiaan Liebenberg 3 Pat Cilliers 4 Rynhardt Elstadt 5 Franco van der Merwe 6 CJ Stander 7 Siya Kolisi 8 Joshua Strauss (c) 9 Jano Vermaak 10 Elton Jantjies 11 Willie le Roux 12 Francois Venter 13 Robert Ebersohn 14 JJ Engelbrecht 15 Joe Pietersen

    16 Craig Burden 17 Frans Malherbe 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp 19 Arno Botha 20 Dewaldt Duvenage 21 Louis Fouche 22 Johann Sadie

    Okay I take that back, it still wouldn’t be the place for Jacques Potgieter.

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.06.12 11:31:25 by hendrikp Reply
  • @hendrikp (Comment 2) : I agree 100%! We’re wasting the opportunity to develop some depth for the Boks.

    I wouldn’t select anyone in the 32 man Bok squad for the Baabaas side but guys on the fringes like Cilliers and Elstadt must get a chance to gain experience and step up.

    I reckon the reason they weren’t selected is to keep the smaller unions happy.

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.06.12 11:59:22 by ChrisS Reply
  • @hendrikp (Comment 2) : And a Barbarians side could include capped players such as Deysel and Brussouw who have a realistic chance of playing for the Boks and need an opportunity to show Heyneke what they can do.

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.06.12 12:05:05 by ChrisS Reply
  • @SheldonK (Comment 1) : @hendrikp (Comment 2) : @ChrisS (Comment 3) :

    Agreed, It’s a great opportunity missed!

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.06.12 12:08:15 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 3) :

    I meant those 5 shouldn’t have been in the Bok 32.

    I’d rather take an out of form, already capped player, then a guy who’s done jack all to earn a Springbok call-up.

    For example… Charl McLeod ahead of Jano Vermaak, as hard as it is for me to say it.

    Heyneke is quick to talk about players needing to show him they want to be there. Not sure what those lot did to supposedly show him, despite play some terrible rugby or sit on the bench.

    Dishing out debuts is just making the jersey cheap again.

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.06.12 12:20:51 by hendrikp Reply

  • but then again, it won’t siut the english cause that team will probably beat them as well

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.06.12 12:21:12 by MJ Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 5) : I want to know what happened to the days of the good old tours where the midweek games were as tough if not tougher than the tests! I mean lets be honest, the England practise is probably tougher than the game will be tonight! If it were me id make touring SA bladdy terrifying for opposing teams! Play the midweek games in Nelspruit and Kimberly against the hardest men in SA rugby not to be in the test team! I mean Charlie Hodgson will have a cake walk tonight…would that be the case if the opposition loose trio consisted of Deysel,Brussouw,Johnson,Kolisi,Stander and co? with Bash, DeJong and Ebersohn in midfield? At the moment SARU is making playing in SA a nice comfy Safari.

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.06.12 13:22:55 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 8) :


  • Comment 9, posted at 12.06.12 13:27:39 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 1) : @hendrikp (Comment 2) : Agreed!

    A lot of that going around this thread! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.06.12 13:43:10 by vanmartin Reply
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  • 1.JC Janse Van Rensburg
    2.Craig Burden
    3.pat Cilliers
    4.Rynhardt Elstadt
    5.Anton Bresler
    6.Heinrich Brussouw
    7.Siya Kolisi
    8.Jean Deysel
    9.Dewald Duvenage
    10.Peter Grant
    11.Willie le Roux
    12.Tim Whitehead
    13.Johan Sadie
    14.JJ Engelbrecht
    15.Joe Petersen

    16.Tiaan Liebenberg
    17.Frans Malherbe
    18.Quin Roux
    19.CJ Stander
    20.Sarel Pretorius
    21.Elton Jantjies
    22.Sibura Sithole

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.06.12 15:59:21 by ChrisS Reply
  • Rob, it really sucks that I had to sit this game out. Bloody shoulder! 🙂

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.06.12 23:07:52 by Ben Reply
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