Boks named for Rugby Championship opener

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks, The Rugby Championship on 14 Aug 2013 at 13:11
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Jean de Villiers captains a Springbok side featuring two new faces in the forward pack, as they take on the might of Argentina in Saturday’s first Rugby Championship test.

Juandre Kruger starts at lock ahead of Flip van der Merwe, while Duane Vermeulen takes over from the injured Pierre Spies at eighthman in the only changes to the run-on side that trounced Samoa in the Boks’ most recent outing. Further changes to the match 22 see Gurthro Steenkamp and Fourie du Preez come onto the bench.

South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Bjorn Basson, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 MornΓ© Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 JuandrΓ© Kruger, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 GurthrΓΆ Steenkamp, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Flip van der Merwe, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Fourie du Preez, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein.


  • This team announcement is so boring, we don’t even care about no 4 πŸ˜‰

    Ooh, flourie du Preez behind Ruan Pienaar in the pecking order…hehe

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.08.13 13:14:30 by FireTheLooser Reply
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 1) : Or no.2

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.08.13 13:16:07 by McLovin Reply
  • Argh!!! and Meyer’s boy toy at no. 10 grrr…

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.08.13 13:17:08 by SuperEtts Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 2) : Oh my 😳

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.08.13 13:17:32 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • The Might of Argentina!! Springboks beware…

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.08.13 13:20:14 by Argex Reply

  • Duane coming in with no game time this year? Hope he makes 40 minutes.

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.08.13 13:21:28 by PTAShark Reply
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  • Argentina is going to win with 2 points

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.08.13 13:23:35 by Flippie Reply

  • eh woops.

    Rugby365 having a mare today. That’ll teach me to not check their work!

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.08.13 13:23:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • surely hm can find less talented guys than LAMBIE to carry tackle bags…perhaps one of his assistant stooges πŸ™„

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.08.13 13:25:07 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Sub steyn for lambo and basson for rhule or aplon or mvovo and you have a great attacking team-mouth watering prospect of cruden vs cooper this weekend-pity ill be at work

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.08.13 13:34:54 by Bok-Clyde-Kiwi Reply

  • Steyn ahead of Lambie is a fair call, if Lambie had stayed at 15 he wud be startin. But each to their own. Between Vermuelen and Kolisi there isnt much game time so hope they last, same with Juandre Kruger. Its still a good enough side to win by 10+ vs Argies. Im more interested to see the game plan. If we predictable we will get away with it this game but Aussies and All Blacks will be smiling

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.08.13 13:40:53 by SheldonK Reply

  • So Marcell drop out of the 23 altogether?

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.08.13 13:44:19 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Flippie (Comment 7) : πŸ˜† :mrgreen: Jy is snaaks,ou!

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.08.13 13:51:39 by Pokkel Reply
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  • A bit tough on Trevor Nyakane being dropped for Guthro

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.08.13 14:06:56 by Ludz Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 12) : oh wow. Missed that

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.08.13 14:21:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 11) : that’s the problem with the boks even if they employ an expansive game plan against the argies they will go back to being conservative against nz and aus

  • Comment 16, posted at 14.08.13 14:21:36 by Bok-Clyde-Kiwi Reply

  • Ouens… I is starting to get a REAL gly in Heineken!!!

  • Comment 17, posted at 14.08.13 14:22:19 by R Hayward Reply

  • I dont understand the Guthro and du Preez inclusion. One is out of shape (yes i know round is a shape) and the other is essentially playing 2nd string footie. strange…..

  • Comment 18, posted at 14.08.13 14:47:33 by The Hobbit Reply
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  • Lambie for Steyn.
    Bissie for Strauss.
    Anyone for Basson.
    Coetzee for Kolisi.
    du Preez for Pienaar. In fact, drop Pienaar all together.
    A real tight-head for Oosthuizen. Put him at loose-head for Steenkamp.
    The rest is fair.

  • Comment 19, posted at 14.08.13 15:01:58 by David12246 Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 12) : Well that settles that then! One person who is not watching the game this weekend. πŸ™‚

  • Comment 20, posted at 14.08.13 15:14:13 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 13) : “Flippen” snaaks. πŸ™‚

  • Comment 21, posted at 14.08.13 15:15:16 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 21) : πŸ˜† :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 14.08.13 15:26:43 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Maybe HM or as he prefers ‘His Majesty’ is playing the b-team against the Pumas… I’m grabbing at straws I know!

  • Comment 23, posted at 14.08.13 15:38:41 by SuperEtts Reply
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 9) : Could we not start a petition to get Lambie OUT of the Bok squad so that he can actually get some game time? HM gave him a full 15 mins in total during the winter tests!

  • Comment 24, posted at 14.08.13 15:42:36 by SuperEtts Reply
  • @SuperEtts (Comment 24) : That should add up to 30min for this season! YES let’s get him back in Black & White!

  • Comment 25, posted at 14.08.13 15:51:00 by R Hayward Reply

  • @SuperEtts (Comment 24) : Where do I sign?

  • Comment 26, posted at 14.08.13 16:06:49 by Die Kriek Reply

  • I’m looking forward to seeing Vermeulen, Alberts, and Louw in action. (Of course it would be even better if Bissie was starting). If they are on fire then it probably won’t matter who is in our backline.

  • Comment 27, posted at 14.08.13 16:14:27 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @SuperEtts (Comment 24) : I am not even a Sharks but hell yes let me sign to…. Maybe Jantjies can carry bags again πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  • Comment 28, posted at 14.08.13 16:22:37 by Lassy_lion Reply
  • @Lassy_lion (Comment 28) : Ahhh you’re working with a plan here… get lambie back to Black & White and then get jantjies back in the boksquad… that way… no jantjies for lions.

  • Comment 29, posted at 14.08.13 16:30:19 by R Hayward Reply

  • @Lassy_lion (Comment 28) : agree but after the sharks game fryday night then he can go need a win and a extra player in your team:twisted:

  • Comment 30, posted at 14.08.13 16:44:08 by sharks4eve2013 Reply

  • @R Hayward (Comment 29) : HAHAHAHA darn you caught me….LOL. Lets him first get his confidance back with smaller rugby…with the Boks….LOL

  • Comment 31, posted at 14.08.13 16:45:17 by Lassy_lion Reply
  • @sharks4eve2013 (Comment 30) : From what I take it Jantjies has the Sharks number….mmmmmmm maybe he must rather stay…. You will see monday morning Butchie still standing on the field trying to figure out wich side Jantjies went passed him πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  • Comment 32, posted at 14.08.13 16:47:03 by Lassy_lion Reply
  • @Lassy_lion (Comment 32) : I seriously doubt that… Butch will give him just one of the o’l flyers! the end…

  • Comment 33, posted at 14.08.13 16:50:40 by R Hayward Reply

  • @R Hayward (Comment 33) : :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 34, posted at 14.08.13 16:53:38 by Lassy_lion Reply
  • @Lassy_lion (Comment 32) : ha ha ha ha ha lamo you probebly right or the ather scenario is he is going to give him his best version of a wwe closeline takle where the history of currie cup is going to read on the pop up elton jantjies the first rugga player to kaked himself after a butchie closeline

  • Comment 35, posted at 14.08.13 18:06:23 by sharks4eve2013 Reply

  • ZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…

    I cant even be bothered to waste my time critiquing this team.
    I could just as well copy and paste last year’s comments and could in all likelihood do the same when Heineken selects his team this time next year.

    He doesnt change, neither does the team, and sadly neither does the gameplan.

  • Comment 36, posted at 14.08.13 18:52:54 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 36) : Agree ,its become boring.

    There are some f strange calls there, nothing none of you haven’t highlighted already.

    I’m so negative about Bok Rugby.

    The funny thing is everyone (but me πŸ˜† 😎 ) expected more from Meyer. Last year it was a lack of experience, this year? (well lets wait and see -but im not optimistic)

  • Comment 37, posted at 14.08.13 19:07:29 by Talent Reply
  • @R Hayward (Comment 29) : hahaha… My wife… Also a lions supporter said the same thing

  • Comment 38, posted at 14.08.13 20:54:40 by SuperEtts Reply
  • Okay… Can someone please just warn Lambo about this and explain our good intensions?

  • Comment 39, posted at 14.08.13 20:59:48 by SuperEtts Reply
  • @SuperEtts (Comment 39) : Lambie knows that we have his best interests at heart.

    At this rate I won’t blame him if he decides to go overseas to clean his head out. Springbok rugby is a stumbling block under Her Majesty.

    No Sharks player should be subjected to the mind control that has been used on the pre-taw-re-yaw-nurse. I was lucky to escape with my common sense in tact and untainted by that blue virus. 😈

  • Comment 40, posted at 14.08.13 23:01:24 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • This is a poor Bok 23……Basson is useless, Mvovo and v/d Heever are better.

    Serfontein is better than Jean, Lambie is better than Morne and the selection of Pienaar and du Preez as 9’s is laughable. v/Zyl and Reinach would have been better options.

    Kruger is a proven test failure at 5. Would have made better sense to move Etzebeth to 5 and played Lood de Jager at 4.

    Brussouw should have been at 6 and I would definitely have made a call to CJ Stander in Ireland to come join the Boks and start at 8.

    Steenkamp ahead of Nkanyane, Kitshoff, Marcel v/d Merwe or Mellett is an insult.

    This past its sell by date Bok side has no help in hell against Oz and NZ and will struggle to topple the Argies.

    The sooner we fire Meyer the better – the man is clueless

  • Comment 41, posted at 14.08.13 23:26:58 by Saffex Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 41) : The new policies to be enforced in the Voda-Cup from next year (can’t discuss the details of it on Sharksworld πŸ˜‰ ) will see more and more players leave for Europe and Japan.

    If this trend overflows to CC and then SR, then we’re on the verge of enjoying the final years of half decent rugby in South Africa, the masses of talented players will leave for the milk and honey of Europe and Japan….so sadly whomever comes after [H]er [M]ajesty will not be able to fix anything.

    Hopefully my gloomy outlook is all wrong and Springbok rugby will live happily ever after. But if I was a professional rugby player, my ticket overseas would have been booked and my bags packed, ready to go. 😐

  • Comment 42, posted at 15.08.13 08:15:32 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @sharks4eve2013 (Comment 35) : 😯 I am affraid of that but I am sure Butchie still likes Jantjies after all the beers they had together while he was still with the Lions…. Hopefully he behaves but then again it is Butch “The Ripper” James LOL

  • Comment 43, posted at 15.08.13 08:35:15 by Lassy_lion Reply
  • @Lassy_lion (Comment 43) : i hope so to realy like old elton but sins his dad past on he still looks a bit of to me hope he finds his form quickly @FireTheLooser (Comment 42) : agree with you on that one i think its utter bull and leaving it there

  • Comment 44, posted at 15.08.13 08:50:00 by sharks4eve2013 Reply

  • @sharks4eve2013 (Comment 44) : He had a bad year but I really believe he will come back and with a big bang…..

  • Comment 45, posted at 15.08.13 09:45:22 by Lassy_lion Reply
  • Test

  • Comment 46, posted at 15.08.13 10:16:43 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • Ok now it works

  • Comment 47, posted at 15.08.13 10:17:09 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 47) : w?

  • Comment 48, posted at 15.08.13 10:46:01 by robdylan Reply
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