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Malherbe gets call from Heyneke

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks, The Rugby Championship, WP on 11 Sep 2012 at 10:23
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Frans Malherbe has been summoned by Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer to cover the sudden shortage of tighthead props in the tour group.

The Western Province tighthead will fly to New Zealand and will in all likelihood get his first cap, whether as a starter or from the bench, as both Jannie du Plessis and Pat Cilliers picked up injuries in the loss to Australia last weekend. Both du Plessis and Cilliers are doubtful starters for this weekend’s clash against the All Blacks.

Malherbe was part of the training squad before the England series, but did not take part in any of the match day 22’s.

Meyer is yet to make a call on the second row replacement for Eben Etzebeth, but at this stage it looks likely that the coach will replace him from within the squad, with both Flip van der Merwe and Willem Alberts able to wear the four jersey.


  • So Heyneke has seen the light in the front row at least..

    Werner Kruger not getting the call says a lot..

    Well done Frans, I hope you can make an impact against probably the best front row in World Rugby..

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.09.12 10:33:02 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : The phrase “baptism of fire” seems apt here.

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.09.12 10:34:58 by vanmartin Reply
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  • How good is frans malherbe? why not call on either BJ Botha or some other overseas seasoned props?

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.09.12 10:39:20 by Dunx Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 2) :

    Very true.

    Heyeneke keeps bitching about the lack of experience so why didn’t he give BJ Botha a call?

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.09.12 10:40:09 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) :

    Yup thank heavens he didn’t take Werner Kruger.

    Malherbe gets through a mountain of work on defense… hits rucks well. Focuses less on the ball-carrying which I’d argue is a good sign.

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.09.12 10:46:09 by hendrikp Reply

  • Yeah,he’s a promising young tighthead,still 21,still got a long way to go. Pity Etzebeth won’t be playing as the 2 played Craven Week in 2009 and WP u19s in 2010 together,so good relationship there

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.09.12 10:58:14 by Ludz Reply

  • we are screwed…the guy is behind brok harris in the pecking order 🙄

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.09.12 11:41:55 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 7) : I think he is slowly starting to go ahead of Harris

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.09.12 11:53:00 by Ludz Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 8) :

    Rotation with Harris… Actually, Malherbe started 4 of WP’s games so far, compared to 1 for Harris.

    Besides, he can’t be nearly as bad as Werner Kruger.

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.09.12 11:54:14 by hendrikp Reply

  • Goeie #$k.

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.09.12 12:02:09 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : thanks Rich 🙂
    (Sorry could not resist)

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.09.12 12:12:12 by Franshark Reply
  • Geez, when that fat tellytubby is your next best prop……….Eddie Andrews anyone?

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.09.12 12:57:58 by Loosehead Reply


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