Boks named for Rugby Championship

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks, The Rugby Championship on 3 Aug 2013 at 12:52
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Herewith the Springbok squad for the upcoming rugby championship, as announced today.

We’ll do a detailed analysis on the strengths and weaknesses early next week.

The Springbok squad for The Castle Lager Rugby Championship 2013 :

Willem Alberts (Loose forward), 21 Test caps
Bjorn Basson (Wing), 9
Marcell Coetzee (Loose forward), 13
Juan de Jongh (Centre), 14
Jean de Villiers (captain, Centre), 87
Bismarck du Plessis (Hooker), 48
Jannie du Plessis (Prop), 45
Fourie du Preez (Scrumhalf), 62
JJ Engelbrecht (Centre / Wing), 4
Eben Etzebeth (Lock), 14
Bryan Habana (Wing), 86
Zane Kirchner (Fullback), 24
Siya Kolisi (Loose forward), 2
Juandré Kruger (Lock), 11
Pat Lambie (Flyhalf / Fullback), 23
Willie le Roux (Fullback / Wing), 3
Francois Louw (Loose forward), 19
Tendai Mtawarira (Prop), 44
Trevor Nyakane (Prop), 3
Coenie Oosthuizen (Prop), 5
Ruan Pienaar (Scrumhalf), 66
Chiliboy Ralepelle (Hooker), 22
Jan Serfontein (Centre), 3
Gurthrö Steenkamp (Prop), 40
Morné Steyn (Flyhalf), 45
Adriaan Strauss (Hooker), 24
Flip van der Merwe (Lock), 26
Franco van der Merwe (Lock), 0
Jano Vermaak (Scrumhalf), 1
Duane Vermeulen (No 8), 7


  • Fourie and Gurthro welcome back.

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.08.13 16:21:49 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Well done to the Kings for winning the game pitty it’s not by 8!!!!!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.08.13 18:52:50 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 2) : That yellow card of Stokkies Hannekom cost the Lions 14 points in the end

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.08.13 20:21:32 by Mutley Reply
  • @Mutley (Comment 3) : kind of ironic retribution for the “try” that cost the Kings their Super Rugby place.

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.08.13 20:51:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • Why do we welcome back Steenkamp and Du preez when we have beter guys playing here In South-Africa we don’t need has beens,what happend to look for your own local players?

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.08.13 21:32:58 by Duncan Betteridge Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : I feel for the Kings, I know how it feels to not have Super Rugby, but at the moment the Lions aren’t strong enough to compete at Super Rugby level. We must use the Currie Cup to develop new players and identify where we need more players(Like scrumhalf)

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.08.13 07:57:30 by Mutley Reply
  • I know this isn’t the right thread, but seeing as you guys brought it up…

    This whole promotion/relegation thing really sucks!! I was one of those that was against the Kings being gifted a place in Superugby… I think this was based on a strong dislike of the Watson’s and out of the principal that politics shouldn’t medel in sport.

    However, I became a fan of the Kings this season… their determination to succeed and ability to actually present a competitive side when all the cards were stacked against them. Considering they were given just 5 months notice to prepare and put a team together.

    It therefore sucks that a missed penalty kick is the only thing denying the Kings another year in Superugby! 🙁

    It has never made sense to have two teams within the same province playing Superugby when an entire province has no representation… AND the team now included is no better than the team excluded. AND… The team excluded has a much more supportive fan base!

    This doesn’t make sense geographically… It’s a no brainer… The Lions should join the Bulls and the Kings should get their place. Had the Lions one both games convincingly it might have been a different argument… But they didn’t, and in the end an intercept try and a missed penalty has determined their fate!

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.08.13 09:07:56 by CS Reply

  • @Duncan Betteridge (Comment 5) : Couldnt agree more!!! WTF?!?!?!?! Fosiel du preez? Yes I know he was the best at his time, but that time is WAY over!!!

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.08.13 10:09:37 by R Hayward Reply

  • @R Hayward (Comment 8) : Have you seen him play recently?

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.08.13 10:25:34 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @MysticShark (Comment 9) : Look I liked the ou is his day, but still time to move on… Do we want a repeat of 2011 WC????

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.08.13 10:29:16 by R Hayward Reply

  • The sooner we see the back of Meyer the better, the man is clueless. I really do not get it. They say the man is single minded, has a plan and will execute the plan no matter what and with that plan comes the same single mindedness with the selection of players.

    Can it get any worse than the selection of fat Guthro Steenkamp who cant make the Toulousse starting 15. We have experienced props in the squad in Jannie and Beast, we have the almost established Coenie as the back-up, so why the fuck do we need a fat, unfit Steenkamp in the squad? What does that say to Kitshoff who has had a coming of age season for the Stormers. I had little time for Meyer prior to the selection of his squad, but this squad is the nail in the coffin for me.

    Meyer’s love affair with Kirchner continues, mark my word he will start ahead of Willie come that first test. Then we have the useless Basson on the wing, picked because he is great at plucking Morne’s bombs, stuff the fact that he is physically out of his depth, adds nothing with ball in hand and is a defensive liability.

    For how much longer are we going to see de Jongh in the set up, this has Jake and Adi Jacobs written all over it. de Jongh is a handy little player, but a test centre he is not, not even close. There is no need for him in the squad, move on.

    With Morne at 10 and du Preez at 9, with Pienaar on the bench – wow, what are our tactics going to be? This clown just cant move on……its going to be kick, kick, kick with Basson and Habana chasing. When the ball is returned to the back, we will have the wonderfully gifted Kirchner launching yet another bomb…….once the game is well and truely lost, the inspirational Meyer will be sending Willie on to weave his magic!!

    Meyer might think he will be playing 10 man rugby, but sadly with no grunt at 5, that plan is flawed. When will this twit wake up to the fact that Juandre Kruger and Franco v/d Merwe are not test locks – hell given his desire for the past, why is he not begging Matfield to come out of retirement.

    I am surprised Bakkies is not in the squad, or CJ v/d Linde……we can thank our lucky stars Spies is injured.

    We really are on the road to nowhere with Meyer, the man is just far too conservative and narrow minded to make a success of international rugby. His record was 58% last year, expect no improvement on that this year. His selections piss me off to say the least.

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.08.13 12:23:57 by Saffex Reply

  • @R Hayward (Comment 10) : It’s a serious question – would like to know how he’s doing.

    If you haven’t seen him play recently then it silly to say his time is over. He is only 31 and may yet still have a few good years in him.

  • Comment 12, posted at 04.08.13 12:24:18 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @R Hayward (Comment 8) : Poor selection, but not nearly as bad as fat Steenkamp!!

  • Comment 13, posted at 04.08.13 12:25:09 by Saffex Reply

  • @MysticShark (Comment 12) : Yeah because we’ve seen how every rugby player returns from Japan in peak condition 🙄

  • Comment 14, posted at 04.08.13 12:40:23 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 11) : Couldnt agree more.

  • Comment 15, posted at 04.08.13 18:07:25 by Talent Reply
  • @MysticShark (Comment 12) : Only 31…

    He has chosen FDP to hold Steyns hand. The problem is Steyn.

  • Comment 16, posted at 04.08.13 18:10:07 by Talent Reply
  • @JarsonX (Comment 1) : It really is time to get a sarcasm smiley.

  • Comment 17, posted at 04.08.13 19:35:49 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Hayward & Saffex above,could not agree more,only person then missing from call up is John Smit, then we can have a repeat of the circus of 2011RWC , SA rugby in pure free fall

  • Comment 18, posted at 04.08.13 20:04:12 by benji Reply
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  • Perhaps we should wait until the 1st game and see. Unfortunately it’s against the Pumas. What can they do? I just feel that we have PLENTY of youngsters that should be taken now and prepped for the next WC. As we all know your stint as a bok coach is just from WC to WC. I am a firm believer in selecting your best 15 ALL the time and when young talent is spotted BRING them into the system and blood them with your experienced players to become even GREATER springboks in the future.

  • Comment 19, posted at 04.08.13 20:20:31 by R Hayward Reply

  • @JarsonX (Comment 17) : I normally use This one for that >>>>> 😈 <<<<<< OR >>>>> 🙄 <<<<<<

  • Comment 20, posted at 04.08.13 20:40:35 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Actually a ‘Facepalm’ smiley would be better.

  • Comment 21, posted at 05.08.13 07:16:05 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Saffex (Comment 11) : I agree with a lot of what you said, but I would bet you a fair amount of money that Meyer will go with le Roux to start.

    Props: Herbst and maybe Kitshoff are missing with Steenkamp there also stupid.

    Loosies: Deysel should be there.

    Scrumies: du Preez a bit old but we are running thin on quality 9s. I would have liked to see van Zyl get another shot.

    Flyhalves: The fact that Lambie is in there as flyhalf/fullback means he will be benched which is wrong.

    Centres: I can’t wait until we get Steyn back so he can play 13. That’s power and a fair amount of pace! Leave the real pace to the wings, Steyn is our best 13.

    Wings: Pity about Pietersen…

    Fullbacks: Kirchner inclusion boggles the mind. Glad to see le Roux though.

  • Comment 22, posted at 05.08.13 07:41:31 by David12246 Reply

  • Ludik deserves a place mvovo and brussouw he is the inform losie this year and one of my favourites

  • Comment 23, posted at 05.08.13 09:33:41 by Gerrietheshark Reply

  • @CS (Comment 7) :Hi they tried joining the bulls but the bulls turned them down because non of their players would make the Bulls team

  • Comment 24, posted at 05.08.13 09:44:56 by Gerrietheshark Reply

  • @David12246 (Comment 22) : Um no, JJ is by far our best 13. Frans Steyn is certainly not a 13

  • Comment 25, posted at 05.08.13 13:24:35 by Saffex Reply


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