Pieter-Steph cracks first Bok training squad

Written by Warren Smith (war1)

Posted in :In the news, Original Content, Springboks on 9 Apr 2013 at 17:20
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Heyneke Meyer has named his first training squad for the year with the major talking point from a Sharks point is the inclusion of young lock Pieter-Steph du Toit. The young du Toit has certainly been in good form and thoroughly deserves his call-up.

Other Sharks players included are: Beast Mtawarira, Jannie du Plessis, Bismarck du Plessis, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Franco van der Merwe, Marcell Coetzee, Willem Alberts, Ryan Kankowski, Pat Lambie, Frans Steyn, Lwazi Mvovo and JP Pietersen.

The camp will be three days, starting this coming Sunday after the Stormers vs. Sharks match and runs until Tuesday. This is the first of two planned training squads planned before the June internationals. Congratulations and the best of luck to all players involved.

The full squad is as follows:

Forwards: Tendai Mtawarira, Jannie du Plessis, Frans Malherbe, Coenie Oosthuizen, Pat Cilliers, Adriaan Strauss, Bismarck du Plessis, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Eben Etzebeth, Flip van der Merwe, Juandrรฉ Kruger, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Franco van der Merwe, Siya Kolisi, Marcell Coetzee, Willem Alberts, Arno Botha, Duane Vermeulen, Pierre Spies, Ryan Kankowski.

Backs: Jano Vermaak, Francois Hougaard, Pat Lambie, Mornรฉ Steyn, Elton Jantjies, Jean de Villiers, Frans Steyn, Juan de Jongh, Jan Serfontein, Robert Ebersohn, Bryan Habana, Lwazi Mvovo, Raymond Rhule, JP Pietersen, Bjorn Basson, Zane Kirchner.


  • A few more Sharks players I’d like to see but I’m not going to whine (much). Hopefully they’ll be in the next training camp.

    Please no more Zane Kirchner. He is just terrible. ๐Ÿ˜ก

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.04.13 17:50:02 by SeanyJMc Reply
  • The faster we get to the world cup and get it over and done with the better as far as Im concerned ๐Ÿ˜•

    Once again some strange picks. I wonder if Meyer can see that Cilliers and Malherbre cant scrum ,or that Juandre Kruger misses more tackles than Spies.

    Some one tell me what the hell Bjorn Basson is doing there ๐Ÿ˜ก

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.04.13 17:50:40 by Talent Reply
  • Some of those included cant make their super rugby starting teams.

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.04.13 17:52:59 by Talent Reply
  • Meyer is as thick as pig sh*t -sorry for my profanity ,this oke boils my blood

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.04.13 17:55:29 by Talent Reply
  • Good to see Kanko in there.

    Pat Cilliers ??

    It looks like Meyer will use Frans at fullback for the Boks too. I still prefer him at 12 to be honest.

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.04.13 18:06:40 by Bokhoring Reply
  • I was not impressed with Meyer last year. Hell we had 3 of our S15 sides end up in the top 5 of the log and the best he could achieve with all that talent was a 67% win record.

    Much of that poor record was down to poor team/squad selections and an out of touch game plan.

    What is apparent with this first squad selection is that Meyer has not learnt from his mistakes and the message that he is sending to the players is that form counts for nothing, other than in the case of PSDT, Jan Serfontein and Ebersohn.

    One has to ask what the hell the likes of Cilliers, Franco v/d Merwe, Juandre Kruger, Kankan, Spies, Vermaak, Morne, de Jongh, Basson and Kirchner are doing in that squad.

    More importantly one needs to ask why on earth the likes of Willie le Roux, v/d Heever, JJ Engelbrecht, de Allende, Reinach, Groom, Herbst, Nkanyane, Kitshoff, Cooper, de Jager, Bresler, Daniel, Brussouw, Elstadt, Labascagne and Engelbrecht are not in the squad

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.04.13 18:21:19 by Saffex Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 6) : I agree ! His excuse will be that he’s worked with these players before and they know his structures.

    The worrying thing is that he seems to think he is above the rest of the coaches in the country. I say this because he wants to see the rest of the teams play his shit game-plan and he selects players who’ve been moved to the bench ahead of starters.

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.04.13 20:04:21 by Talent Reply
  • @Saffex (Comment 6) : Sorry, just had to clean my glasses, for a moment there I thought you were suggesting that De Allende should form part of the Bok training group… Oh, you *did* write that… Haha… Hahahahaha… Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha……

    (14 October, 2017) …….hahahahahahaha…* (Culling Song’s incredulous laughter finally dies down). You have an excellent sense humour, young man!

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.04.13 20:55:18 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Saffex (Comment 6) : Good point – no Brussow. That one will come to bite Meyer hard. He has no real open sider in his squad – just the hybrid 7/8 players like Kolisi and Coetzee

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.04.13 21:19:42 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Culling Song (Comment 8) : shades of Rudolf “give everyone a jersey” Straeuli

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.04.13 21:19:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • How can he pick so many injured players but ludik is not there.I think this year meyer will be lucky if he win 50% of the games.

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.04.13 21:52:32 by sharksfan2 Reply

  • What a terrible squad, Bjorn Basson ahead of Willie how??? Where’s South Africa’s best losse forward this year Lappies Labuschagne??

    I can’t take this guy seriously anymore, I liked him in his Bulls day, but he’s so out of depth now.

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.04.13 22:08:28 by Ludz Reply


  • Comment 13, posted at 10.04.13 00:02:49 by DBOY Reply

  • @DBOY (Comment 13) : is Freddy jetting back in to town? Can’t think of any other big players we’ve lost that recently

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.04.13 03:59:37 by RuckingFun Reply

  • Whos going back to sharks?

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.04.13 06:20:48 by sharksfan2 Reply

  • wow and here i thought this guy was learning his lesson oh well another shit year for the bokke feel sorry for cooper hopefully he takes it out on the stormers and knocks a few people going to that camp on they asses

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.04.13 06:27:59 by Poisy Reply
  • @DBOY (Comment 13) : well john smit is back at the sharks from next year..but as the BOSS…

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.04.13 07:15:33 by shaniboi Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 6) : @Bokhoring (Comment 9) : @Ludz (Comment 12) :

    This squad just ruined my week!! No Willie le Roux, no Brussouw, no Deysel, no Dewald Potgieter, no Rynard Elstadt, no Lappies Labuschagne…come on!! Most of the squad selected are not in form or are on the bench at their squads!

    1. Kitshoff
    2. Cooper
    3. Herbst
    4. Elstadt
    5. Bresler
    6. Brussouw
    7. Labuschagne / Dewald Potgieter / Deysel
    8. Daniel
    9. Reinach / Pretorius
    10. Francis
    11. van den Heever
    12. Whitehead
    13. Engelbrecht
    14. Willie le Roux
    15. Ludik / Daniller

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.04.13 07:33:45 by ChrisS Reply
  • @shaniboi (Comment 17) : Do you know what other functions he is going to fulfil?

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.04.13 07:41:36 by Dunx Reply

  • @ChrisS (Comment 18) : Add Joe pietersen in as an option at fullback

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.04.13 07:49:12 by ChrisS Reply
  • @ChrisS (Comment 18) :

    I agree mostly but Dewaldt Potgieter? Really? ๐Ÿ™„

  • Comment 21, posted at 10.04.13 07:58:57 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 18) : O have to agree your team will beat the boks or give them a very very close run in.

  • Comment 22, posted at 10.04.13 08:09:31 by Uli Reply
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    Uli Boelie
  • Well paper out shocking news
    coming out today if ture sad day
    for sharks rugby after 20 years at
    the top and alot of good work CEO
    to stand down in Feb 2014
    i think in 20 years the ceo has
    turned the sharks into 1 of the best
    rugby team in the world.All the
    very best.

  • Comment 23, posted at 10.04.13 08:13:26 by DBOY Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 21) : He’s playing well this year and I reckon he’s better than Arno Botha and Spies.

    @Uli (Comment 22) : With Kirchner and Morne in the team you just have to wait for a kick and not worry about having much tackling to do.

  • Comment 24, posted at 10.04.13 08:14:10 by ChrisS Reply
  • Very well done to the three new guys in the squad. They really deserve it. Especially PSD who has been outstanding in the chances that he got. Definitely the future for the boks second row.

  • Comment 25, posted at 10.04.13 08:20:11 by Viking Reply
  • @ChrisS (Comment 24) :

    I haven’t watched him that closely this year but he always seems very busy but at the same time not really effective.

  • Comment 26, posted at 10.04.13 08:20:18 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 26) : He’s been good. More like how he used to play. Good ball carrying and tackling.

    Just noticed that we have 4 inside centres and only one outside centre in de Jongh. Heyneke Meyer is not making use of the talent in this country!

  • Comment 27, posted at 10.04.13 08:40:46 by ChrisS Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 26) : I wish that we had Brendan Venter, Rassie and Nick Mallett involved. Heyneke’s trying to play Bulls rugby with the Boks.

    Kick and chase won’t work anyore and we need to start offloading in the tackle and keeping the ball alive. A genuine fetcher (Brussouw) is a must.

  • Comment 28, posted at 10.04.13 09:08:08 by ChrisS Reply
  • Kyle Cooper is named the top hooker on planetrugby, rugby365, and sharksworld on a weekly basis. He should have featured.

    Sarel Pretorius should also have been there.

  • Comment 29, posted at 10.04.13 10:21:12 by King Shark Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 28) : He will probably have Francois Louw in the final squad.

  • Comment 30, posted at 10.04.13 10:22:26 by King Shark Reply
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  • @Ludz (Comment 12) : Willie probably ruined his chances with that interview – no structure, etc. That could not have improved his chances with Meyer ๐Ÿ™„

  • Comment 31, posted at 10.04.13 10:41:52 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Culling Song (Comment 8) : Damn right I would have de Allende in the squad, take it you have missed most of this years rugby??

  • Comment 32, posted at 10.04.13 10:57:44 by Saffex Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 32) : In truth, I have not watched that much rugby. But De Allende is family of my wife (albeit distantly) so I’ve kept a special eye on him, and to me he comes across as being as multi-faceted as a sheet of paper. Very good at certain aspects, certainly, but not enough of a complete package to challenge for a place in the Bok team

  • Comment 33, posted at 10.04.13 11:27:56 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 33) : Well, he has displayed some good skills this year. Big strong lad who looks to beat his opposite number with a step or swerve, instead of taking on the predictable direct route.

    In the last game he started for the Stormers, he had a great game at 12, breaking the line a few times, really looking the part. Sadly that was followed by the return of de Jongh to the starting line-up with de Allende being relegated to the bench, sadly. He looks like one of the better youngsters about and we need fresh blood at centre. Its time to move on from the likes of old man Jean.

    You should have more faith in family bud and start watching the lad, it might help!

  • Comment 34, posted at 10.04.13 12:07:27 by Saffex Reply

  • @ChrisS (Comment 18) : As much as I like seeing many new faces, that team would get hammered by the All Blacks and the Wallabies. It could do with a few more experienced players.

    That being said, it would be nice to give those players a chance in the easier and less important June tests against Italy and Scotland to see how they cope ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Comment 35, posted at 11.04.13 00:55:24 by SeanyJMc Reply

  • @SeanyJMc (Comment 35) : That team was selected only from people not selected for the Bok camp. Not saying that that would be my starting Bok team. Just highlighting the talent remaining ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Comment 36, posted at 11.04.13 12:24:34 by ChrisS Reply
  • @ChrisS (Comment 36) : Ahh I get you now, I thought you’d chosen 13 (I think) uncapped players for the starting Bok team ๐Ÿ˜ณ which is just a little risky haha!

  • Comment 37, posted at 14.04.13 02:16:51 by SeanyJMc Reply


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