Trevor pulled back from the wilderness

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 9 Jun 2014 at 08:40
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Cheetahs prop Trevor Nyakane has been summoned back off the naughty step to which Heyneke Meyer consigned him after last year’s June international series.

The likable front ranker, who was dropped from the Bok squad ahead of the 2013 Rugby Championship due to disciplinary issues, has been asked to join the squad in Durban this week as a 37th member, although it’s not quite clear at this stage whether he’ll be considered as a player.

“Trevor is a player who we identified last year already as someone who can play at the highest level,” according to Meyer.

“He’s currently not the first-choice in his position for the Cheetahs and we’re thankful that they granted us this opportunity to pull Trevor into the squad.

“As the Cheetahs are on a break from Super Rugby at the moment, we want to use this opportunity to work with Trevor, keep him up to date with our playing structures and, most importantly, spend time on his conditioning and other aspects considering the Springbok ethos.”

The Boks have also revealed that Flip van der Merwe will be given the weekend off to attend his brother’s wedding. This presumably implies a test debut for Lood de Jager against Wales on Saturday.


  • Glad he’s back. As was shown this weekend, no back up props existed. The starting props had a tough time to start with in any case – going up against Hayman – imo still the best tighthead in world rugby. The scrum, however did not improve when both teams changed personnel.

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.06.14 08:56:44 by Blue Centurion Reply
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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 1) : jinne, but Steenkamp looks out of it. Fat and weak. Surely it’s time to develop local backup at 1?

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.06.14 09:01:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Time for HM to stop with this Coenie at tighthead experiment too. Mark my words – by the end of the June Internationals he will have another neck injury.

    Old Guthro is not the answer as backup for the WC.

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.06.14 09:07:07 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :
    Agreed and…
    @Bokhoring (Comment 3) :
    Even more agreed

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.06.14 09:40:36 by John Galt Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : @Bokhoring (Comment 3) : @John Galt (Comment 4) : Agreed.

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.06.14 10:01:51 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Looked at the scrum and thought Coenie had gained a ton of weight, then realised it was Guthro.

    I for one hope Nyakane gets Guthro’s bench spot.

    What happened to that young wp th prop that went on tour last year with the Boks?

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.06.14 10:09:37 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 6) : Frans Malherbe – currently out with concussion. I guess he’ll come back in for RC.

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.06.14 10:16:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : Oh yeah him, he initially never impressed me, but he really came of age last year.

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.06.14 10:21:02 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 8) : my view is that he started too young. 19 is not a good age for a tight head to be playing senior rugby. Glad he didn’t pick up a serious injury

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.06.14 10:22:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • Reading this must give the Cheetahs first choice a warm fuzzy, happy feeling.

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.06.14 10:27:35 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Jeez but that Owen Nkumane must have been a good prop in his day (sorry I dont remember him) but he, and many others, puts the blame of all poor scrums on the front row (particularly the Sharks front row) while the remainder of the scrum are blameless.

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.06.14 10:37:54 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 11) : I noticed that too. Locks have alot to do with it.

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.06.14 11:43:54 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 11) :He played hooker,think he was the first token in an international front row,he learnt very quickly that that was not a place to be,unless you earned it and quit very quickly.
    I also get nauseated by his commentary ,but find Shemangi worse,and the great Shark hater,Joel Scrotum face Stranskey,the worst of the lot.

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.06.14 12:34:53 by The hound Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 11) : Strange how the scrum kept going down when the replacements came on…Owen is the never-was, never-will-be, typical bitter former sports star (I use the term “sport star” very very loosely here) that frequents the media these days.

    @Southern_Shark (Comment 12) : What, Victor? Never, everything Victor Matfield does is beyond reproach….untouchable.

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.06.14 13:50:16 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • I too think something is wrong with the/our front row, we have not exactly been dominating scrums in any competition/game. Maybe the legs are just to tired.

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.06.14 13:57:44 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 14) : Lynch me, call me a traitor to the bok, but…he didn’t do much of anything on Saturday 😈

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.06.14 14:05:40 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 16) : So I am not alone…I honestly cannot see what everybody’s obsession is with the guy.

    Now a few Sharks die-hards will break out their pitch forks for this comment, but Matfield to me offers what Johan Muller and Steven Sykes offered in general play (though the both of them could scrum).

    He’s good at lineouts, that’s it. General play, any of the current 5 locks in SA has his number, and I’ll add scrummaging in there.

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.06.14 14:34:35 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • The Bok/Sharks front row look tired and should be rested for the games against Wales and Scotland. Time to blood new players and start treasuring our assets (players) instead of playing them into the ground and going to England next year with the second-choice front row starting because Jannie, Bissie and Beast are kaput! 👿

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.06.14 14:45:14 by ChrisS Reply
  • @ChrisS (Comment 18) : I hope HM is listening. We want a fresh front row back for the rest of SuperRugby.

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.06.14 14:49:13 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 19) : I wish but I highly doubt it. They desperately need a break!

  • Comment 20, posted at 09.06.14 14:55:25 by ChrisS Reply
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 17) : And the line-outs looked crappy. 😯 You had one job! 😈

  • Comment 21, posted at 09.06.14 16:05:08 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 21) : Oh no, lest we forget, he captained the Boks (not very well might I add, floated around the field looking to get a clue 🙄 )

  • Comment 22, posted at 09.06.14 18:00:54 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Only one question……. why? He did not look good in Super rugby.

  • Comment 23, posted at 09.06.14 20:16:36 by JD Reply
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