Hodge-podge squad reveals Boks in a twist

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks, The Rugby Championship on 5 Aug 2013 at 09:51
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So how exactly did it come about that Heyneke Meyer ended up picking a Bok Rugby Championship squad with quite so many foreign-based players? And why exactly does this outfit, mean to be the cream of our nation’s talent, suddenly look quite so much like a retirement home for former Bulls players? Must say, I’m battling to see the logic.

Let’s not quibble about semantics, even though, I’m sure, SA Rugby will insist that players such as Morne Steyn, Juandre Kruger, Zane Kirchner and Bryan Habana aren’t officially “foreign based” since they’ve yet to actually play for their new clubs, or something. The fact is that we can no longer claim, with anything resembling a straight face, that local players will be given preference, or whatever the exact phrase was. This latest selection imposes no penalty whatsoever on the myriad players – mostly Bulls, it must be said – who have opted to turn their back on the domestic rugby scene. They get to have their cake and eat it; the good news for those left behind, it seems, is that there’s lots more cake where that came from.

Super Rugby, though, is starting to look a bit more like a stale grey biscuit, over-cooked and burnt around the edges and if the message we’re sending to players is that there’s actually no need to put their bodies through that crap in order to get selected for the Boks then, well, I don’t see why any of them should.

The squad itself, to my mind, contains few real surprises, given the way we know the coach thinks, but also contains little to get excited about – and also little to give one cause to expect a winning Rugby Championship campaign. There are far too many journeymen in the current picture – the fact that overseas-bound “stars” like Kruger and Kirchner are considered superior to anything that we currently have in the country to me speaks volumes. Bok rugby may, at the moment, boast a smattering of exciting young talent, but it’s also bedeviled by more than a few mediocre old boys who quite honestly need to be put out to pasture.

If, however, we are going to continue to do muddle-headed things like picking Fourie du Preez straight out of Japenese retirement, ahead of exciting youngster like Piet van Zyl or Cobus Reinach, or back the one-dimensional Bjorn Basson ahead of prodigious ball-playing talents in Gio Aplon and Lwazi Mvovo, then I guess we deserve what’s coming to us.


  • Well said Rob, agree with all of it.

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.08.13 09:59:35 by Seaton Reply
  • @Seaton (Comment 1) : thanks bro

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.08.13 10:00:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • We should be glad as sharks supporters… we get to keep the better ouens for our CC campaign! I feel REALLY kak for ouens like Deysel (I believe in that man!) en Cobus. But hey on the selfish side…. they only strengthen our CC team now!

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.08.13 10:10:32 by R Hayward Reply

  • To be honest, Springbok rugby for the last year or so has been about as exciting as getting kicked in the balls. People who know me will know that I have been a little monotonous with this cry.

    The Bok squad announcement did nothing to change that view or inspire me to actually start wanting to watch the undoubted drivel we will put out.

    The script for the Rugby Championship has been written already. The only question really is how Ewen Mackenzie’s appointment will change the Aussies. We’ll be owned by the Kiwis home and away. We might sneak one over the Aussies, probably back in South Africa. We’ll do handily against the Argies in South Africa but battle against them in Argentina. And we’ll finish in 3rd place again.

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.08.13 10:25:21 by Butchie34 Reply
  • The most excitement coming out of rugby this year was from the Sharks’ boardroom.

    CC has become the VC, with most of the talented players overlooked for international duty heading off to Japan. Springbok rugby has been turned into HM/bulls rugby.

    I really can’t see any good reason to cough up R700 for Dstv every month, when there’s probably about 4 – 6 games per year worth watching.

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.08.13 10:25:53 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • This year I haven’t watched too much of the rugby. Previously I would make time and make watching the rugby a priority. Now I will only watch super rugby if there is nothing else going on. Stale biscuit sums it up rather nicely. The money grabbing bosses are going to end up with nothing if they keep pushing for bigger is better. As we have seen bigger is not better. Trim it back down to 12 teams. Super 12 was the business and worked very well for many years.

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.08.13 10:36:30 by lostfish Reply
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  • Don’t even get me started on the current format. The only country that benefits is the Aussies…

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.08.13 10:37:41 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 6) : @lostfish (Comment 7) : Couldn’t agree with your statements more.

    The only reason why it’s up at 15 is to accommodate the Aussies and their need for local games. Our insistence to up our involvement to 6 teams is also pathetic.

    Rugby in general has become a bash-it-up borefest.

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.08.13 10:42:05 by Butchie34 Reply
  • I’m really not exited about this squad. Keeping the overseas guys like Kruger and Zane in the squad is idiotic. Both aren’t first tier players, so they are taking space in the squad that could have been better utilised by giving some young guys touring experience. All Blacks going to walk it again this year.

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.08.13 11:44:10 by PTAShark Reply
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  • Who really bothers about the Boks anymore?

    Let’s hope we get a real coach after the WC.

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.08.13 13:44:46 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Never ever rated Bjorn Basson. Gio and Lwazi though, now there you have players who do more than just chase kicks and miss tackles.

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.08.13 18:09:30 by King Shark Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 10) : Is that not just a familiar tune we are singing. Again.

  • Comment 12, posted at 05.08.13 18:10:10 by King Shark Reply
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  • I think you’re a bit unfair… 6 months ago, we would have been ecstatic to see Le Roux, Serfontein, JJ, Flo, Duane, Bismark, Willem and co… Just cos they played against a very weak midyear tour doesn’t mean they were guaranteed a slot. We will pretty much have that starting side from Loftus plus a few very reliable players on the bench should we lose one of our young guns early due to injury… I still think there is a great side here. Is JP still injured and not considered or is that because he is unavailable? I think a backline of WLR, JP, JJ, JDV, BH, MS, RP will still make any Australasian coach sit up and take notice.

  • Comment 13, posted at 05.08.13 18:41:13 by deanoelsch Reply

  • *I think you’re being a bit unfair 😉

  • Comment 14, posted at 05.08.13 18:41:37 by deanoelsch Reply

  • What epitomizes Meyer for me; Doesn’t pick Brussow because he doesn’t want to give away penalties ,picks Louw. The mans philosophy :Big is better. Has little appreciation for finesse and intelligent play.

    Expect him to sneak some more Bullies in on the eoyt.

  • Comment 15, posted at 05.08.13 19:47:44 by Talent Reply
  • Come on guys there is still lots of quality players in the Bok squad to pick a very good match 22. I agree that Kruger and Zane is not the best but who is currently clearly better than them?

  • Comment 16, posted at 05.08.13 21:41:20 by JD Reply
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  • Tjops,ludick,Pieterson,Danillaetc

  • Comment 17, posted at 05.08.13 22:54:12 by benji Reply
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  • In walks JD with his “you sharksworld sharks supporters anti bulls blah blah” drizzing.

    Zane ,I don’t mind, he isn’t heartless like Kruger ,Spies and Steyn.
    PSDT>Etzebeth>Flip>Bresler>Franco>De Jager. Will raise some eyebrows with that. Du Toit is our best prospect.

  • Comment 18, posted at 05.08.13 23:00:36 by Talent Reply
  • @Big Fish (Comment 10) :

    didnt we say the same thing when P Divvy was in charge ? 😆

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.08.13 11:50:30 by Zibbie Reply
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