Something old, something new for Meyer

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 2 Jun 2014 at 09:41
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Heyneke Meyer’s 36-man Springbok squad, named on Saturday night for the upcoming June international season, features 7 uncapped players as well as a fair few old hands from days gone bye.

S’bura Sithole – in a rare piece of positive news for beleaguered Sharks fans – made the final cut as one of theuncapped group, also comprising Damian de Allende, Lood de Jager, Cornall Hendricks, Oupa Mohoje, Marcell van der Merwe and Callie Visagie.

The last-named will likely play a backup role to Bismarck du Plessis and Schalk Brits, with the Saracens hooker earning a recall to the test fray after another brilliant season up North. Schalk Burger and Victor Matfield predictably return after spells in the wilderness, while Mayer has raised eyebrows by including former Bulls Zane Kirchner and Gurthro Steenkamp, along with some more “expected” foreigners in Bakkies Botha, Fourie du Preez, Bryan Habana, Francois Louw and Ruan Pienaar.

Meyer has yet to announce his captain. Meanwhile, it has emerged that de Allende is an injury doubt following Saturday’s brusing derby between the Sharks and the Stormers.

Bok squad:
Willem Alberts (Sharks), Loose forward – 30 Test caps
Bakkies Botha (Toulon, France), Lock – 78
Schalk Brits (Saracens, England), Hooker – 5
Schalk Burger (Western Province), Loose forward – 68
Marcell Coetzee (Sharks), Loose forward – 15
Damian de Allende (Western Province), Centre / Wing – 0
Lodewyk de Jager (FS Cheetahs), Lock – 0
Juan de Jongh (Western Province), Centre – 14
Bismarck du Plessis (Sharks), Hooker – 57
Jannie du Plessis (Sharks), Prop – 51
Fourie du Preez (Suntory, Japan), Scrumhalf – 67
JJ Engelbrecht (Blue Bulls), Centre / Wing – 12
Johan Goosen (FS Cheetahs), Flyhalf – 4
Bryan Habana (Toulon, France), Wing – 95
Cornal Hendricks (FS Cheetahs), Wing – 0
Francois Hougaard (Blue Bulls), Scrumhalf – 27
Zane Kirchner (Leinster, Ireland), Fullback – 28
Siya Kolisi (Western Province), Loose forward – 10
Willie le Roux (FS Cheetahs), Fullback / Wing – 12
Francois Louw (Bath, England), Loose forward – 28
Victor Matfield (Blue Bulls), Lock – 110
Teboho “Oupa” Mohoje (FS Cheetahs), Loose forward – 0
Tendai Mtawarira (Sharks), Prop – 53
Lwazi Mvovo (Sharks), Wing – 7
Coenie Oosthuizen (FS Cheetahs), Prop – 14
Ruan Pienaar (Ulster, Northern Ireland), Scrumhalf – 74
JP Pietersen (Sharks), Wing – 51
Jan Serfontein (Blue Bulls), Centre – 9
S’bura Sithole (Sharks), Wing / Centre – 0
Gurthrö Steenkamp (Toulouse, France), Prop – 49
Frans Steyn (Sharks), Utility back – 53
Morné Steyn (Stade Francais, France), Flyhalf – 54
Flip van der Merwe (Blue Bulls), Lock – 34
Marcel van der Merwe (Blue Bulls), Prop – 0
Duane Vermeulen (Western Province), No 8 – 16
Callie Visagie (Blue Bulls), Hooker – 0


  • I think the “something borrowed” (the foreign legion) and “something blue” are kind of obvious.

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.06.14 09:42:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : Really enjoyed this one :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.06.14 09:44:45 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : pretty much

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.06.14 09:47:49 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : “old hands from days gone bye”,very well put

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.06.14 09:53:07 by benji Reply
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  • I am still wondering what Meyer is thinking with Visagie when Burden and Britz are two of the top hookers in Europe right now. If I had to choose between the 2 I would go for the guy who flattened the other one twice 😉

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.06.14 10:19:09 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 5) : Agreed. Why not Lewies instead of e Jager? Does HM have a grudge against JW or vice versa? v/d Merwe instead of Adriaanse?de Allende instead of Jordaan? When will SP Marais get a look in instead of Zane (yawn) Krschner?I would send Cooper instead of Visagie!!! I would also send Kockott instead of Hougaard or du Preez. Thats my 10 cents worth for now.

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.06.14 10:39:00 by markm Reply

  • @markm (Comment 6) : Kockotts French now

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.06.14 10:43:06 by benji Reply
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  • Another Bok squad, another squad covered in blue where there are other players far more deserving.

    There are a lot of players who are deserving who are there but there are several players that one has to go WTF!! Dispensing with provincialism, you could seriously question the validity of Zane Kirchner and Callie Visagie being there. Admittedly their chances of actually making the Bok team are slim to none.

    Morne Steyn was always going to be there but the fact that he was hardly a starter for Stade and that when he played he sometimes wasn’t even given kicking duties is another joke. Morne is only there for his kicking and international level is not the place to play guys into form.

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.06.14 11:09:24 by Butchie34 Reply
  • 36 players for a 22/23 man match day – not interested, thanks.

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.06.14 11:38:43 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 8) : I’m with you! Kirchner and Callie?!?! Really?!?!?!?! Ag nee man…

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.06.14 11:48:52 by pastorshark Reply
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  • See Mullet’s match day 23 has been announced.

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.06.14 11:51:17 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @markm (Comment 6) : With Bakkies, Matfield and Flip there, de Jager will just carry tackle bags. I would rather have Lewies practising with the Sharks in the break.

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.06.14 12:00:23 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @lostfish (Comment 5)Lets be fair to HM re:Lewies and Lood, Lood has been consistent through out two seasons,de allende is better than Jordaan,v/d Merwe has played more mins JW to blame,how many mins has cooper played this season. But re SP I am with you.

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.06.14 13:22:57 by Chippa Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 11) : Got the fright of my life reading that and mistakenly thinking Meyer had brought in Wynand Olivier as cover for an injured de Allende! My brain is apparently fried :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.06.14 13:59:17 by vanmartin Reply
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  • I agree with @chippa on this one….lood’s been playing well for awhile. Don’t think its even necessary to explain de allende, he’s the one back who stick up his hand this season.(105kg monster who can play 12/13 and wing). V/d merwe as a 5th prop is a good one, he can play both 1and3. Also been a good impact of the bench with some tries. Adriaanse hardly played this season. Same with cooper, callie is there because he already throw the ball into the lineouts for vic/flip.

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.06.14 15:59:12 by KingsArmy Reply

  • I wouldn’t mind seeing jan at12 and de allende at13 for these couple of test.

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.06.14 16:03:39 by KingsArmy Reply

  • Damian out and Marnitz in. Any news on captain? Granted I’m not expecting much of a surprise here.

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.06.14 17:37:50 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 17) : The guys are dropping like flies, poor fella should have played like the Sharks Springboks, then he wouldn’t have had any risk of injury.

    Apparently the captain/father-figure will be announced today….pappa Vic wag vir die bokke. 🙄

  • Comment 18, posted at 03.06.14 07:31:33 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • F#%& I only now notice that Morne Steyn is in the squad (no real interest on my part) I thought he was injured / licking his wounds after a woeful season in France.

  • Comment 19, posted at 03.06.14 11:55:02 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 19) : What ? Does he still try to play rugby?
    Thought he would`ve given up on a bad job by now! 👿

  • Comment 20, posted at 03.06.14 14:26:17 by Original Pierre Reply
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