Still no Lambie as Bok squad named

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks, The Rugby Championship on 8 Aug 2016 at 09:12
Tagged with : , , , ,

Sharks captain Patrick Lambie is still suffering the after effects of a concussion sustained two months ago and has thus not been considered for selection for the Springbok Rugby Championship squad. Coach Allister Coetzee named a 31-man squad on Saturday for the opening matches of the competition, which starts with a match against Argentina in just under a fortnight.

With Willie le Roux and JP Pietersen both omitted – ostensibly to give them a rest – only a paltry two Sharks players have made the cut. Beast Mtawarira and Lwazi Mvovo will keep the black and white flag flying in green, While Coenie Oosthuizen is also somehow on the injured list.

There’s a single first-time call-up in the group, going to highly-deserving Lions hooker Malcolm Marx. In a move sure to please yet more of his fans, Racing MEtroa utility back Johan Goosen has been recalled, as have Bryan Habana, Francois Hougaard and Juan de Jongh. In all, nine members of the squad play for the Lions; a seismic shift compared to just last year, when the Joburg franchise had not a single payer in the Rugby Championship group.

Springbok Squad:
Forwards: Lood de Jager, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Eben Etzebeth, Steven Kitshoff, Vincent Koch, Jaco Kriel, Francois Louw, Malcolm Marx, Bongi Mbonambi, Teboho Mohoje, Franco Mostert, Tendai Mtawarira, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Trevor Nyakane, Julian Redelinghuys, Adriaan Strauss – captain, Duane Vermeulen, Warren Whiteley
Backs: Ruan Combrinck, Damian de Allende, Juan de Jongh, Faf de Klerk, Johan Goosen, Bryan Habana, Francois Hougaard, Elton Jantjies, Jesse Kriel, Lionel Mapoe, Lwazi Mvovo, Rudy Paige, Morne Steyn


  • Ending around 854’s in superbru gives me some right to give oppinion about bok squad… “Ouch” is the only word that is coming up. Even with Lambie picked… This is probably worst Bok squad ever. What makes it worst is…. That the All Blacks improved after Richie era… Ouch again

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.08.16 09:17:57 by ebenp Reply
  • @ebenp (Comment 1) : So true,some shocking selections, deJonghe,Morne focken Steyn,Mbonambi and Nyake, Houghaard,Jesse Kriel, and sadly Beast and Lawazi.
    Etterhuizen,and that Lions centre robbed,Lewies,Thomas du Toit,Dylan Smith, but get used to it we are noe in the era of the remarkably mediocre ,average and uninspiring Alistar Coetzee.

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.08.16 09:35:16 by The hound Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
    The hound
  • Juan de Jongh was picked as inside centre cover I presume? I’d have preferred Rohan Janse van Rensburg ahead of him. They’re about equally shaky defensively but at least Rohan offers an established partnership with Mapoe and a better play-making ability.

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.08.16 09:38:24 by vanmartin Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Author
  • When’s the Sharks team going to be announced? 😈

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.08.16 09:51:08 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 4) : Yes, agree again. I get the feeling that R duP likes getting his teams out early.

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.08.16 10:08:37 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
    Salmonoid the Subtle
  • Has anyone been watching the archery and pistol shooting on the olympics channels – spellbinding.

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.08.16 10:12:49 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
    Salmonoid the Subtle
  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 7) : Archery – those Koreans are simply untouchable…especially the men, hardly missing the 10 – really impressive.

    Found myself watching fencing last night too, Bronze medal – also came very close….and the woman’s cycling: the crash, and then that finish…love the Olympics.

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.08.16 10:19:43 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • As always nobody will ever be happy with a squad chosen. I think the forwards selected are pretty good and we should be able to put out a very strong forward combo. Im not too sure what i think of the backs…going to be interesting to see the combos picked. Van Rensburg can feel a bit unlucky…perhaps he should phone Damien McKenzie and they can chat about it.

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.08.16 10:23:42 by SheldonK Reply

  • When a rugby forum is taken over by Olympic talks… You must know rugby is going down the drain… Hehehehe

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.08.16 11:01:42 by ebenp Reply

  • @The hound (Comment 2) : picking players as vastly different in style as Jantjies and Steyn in the same group shows that there IS NO PLAN

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.08.16 11:57:43 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
    West Indies Cricket Board
  • Lambie has now been away for so long I’d rather he plays CC and go back to the Boks for the EOYT. 2016 was not been his year and I’d rather see him play some rugby at a lower level to get his body and mind back into the game before we put him back into the test arena.

    On the Bok selections Janse van Rensburg must feel gutted. I feel Coetzee’s selection of only 1 inside centre (an out of form one to boot) is very concerning and hate to see what his back up plan is. I’m still not over the moon about the loosies but still feel more excited about this squad than 99% of Meyers.

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.08.16 11:58:55 by Hulk Reply

  • With Strauss as a default pick id love to see this team based on the squad chosen: 1. Kitshoff 2. Strauss 3. Redelinghuis 4. Mostert 5. PSDT 6. Kriel 7. Vermuelen 8. Whiteley 9. De Klerk 10. Jantjies 11. Habana 12. DeJongh 13. Mapoe 14. Combrinck 15. Kriel. Bench: Beast, Marx, Koch, Etzebeth, Louw, Hougaard, Goosen, DeAllende

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.08.16 11:59:29 by SheldonK Reply

  • @ebenp (Comment 1) : probably?

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.08.16 12:05:28 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
    West Indies Cricket Board
  • @Hulk (Comment 11) : Goosen at inside centre might be an option he’s keeping open, saw him play a few games there for Racing….which would mean Steyn as backup fh.

    For me, too few Sharks put their hands properly up during SR, which makes Bok selection a non-event for me…I am far more interested in seeing the future of Sharks rugby in action – hopefully by next year this time, I can throw naartjies at AC for not selecting a majority Sharks Bok team 😀

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.08.16 12:08:21 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 12) : I know youre just picking out of the squad as it was picked, but that side might be good enough to beat the Blues. In a one off. At home.

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.08.16 12:08:27 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
    West Indies Cricket Board
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 14) : I haven’t seen Goosen play since he left the Cheetahs but his defence wasn’t fantastic and I’d be concerned with a Jantjies / Goosen combo.

  • Comment 16, posted at 08.08.16 12:20:06 by Hulk Reply

  • Adriaanse just got called up to the Boks!

  • Comment 17, posted at 08.08.16 12:29:08 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 15) : That side is pretty close to the best SA have though…guess you thinking SA rugby is pretty bad then?

  • Comment 18, posted at 08.08.16 12:31:52 by SheldonK Reply

  • @KingRiaan (Comment 17) : Great news for him…not so great for the Sharks scrum…there goes our only tighthead…

  • Comment 19, posted at 08.08.16 12:33:24 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 19) : Time for someone else to step up. At least Coenie is not available.

  • Comment 20, posted at 08.08.16 12:35:54 by KingRiaan Reply

  • Guys before we get all upset about who was picked and who not, we must remember that SARU have representative goals they have to achieve by 2019. Don’t be surprised if Juan de Jongh gets picked ahead of Rohan Janse van Rensburg for example. Beast will get picked ahead of any other loosehead for example too. I think Siya Kolisi is injured so that’s another number we won’t have. On Friday I watched the Bulls/WP game and the lock for the Bulls will soon be in the Bok mix as he shows some promise too. Whether we like it or not, this will soon become a reality in this country as far as selections are concerned. Be prepared for more shitty squads in future…..

  • Comment 21, posted at 08.08.16 12:37:45 by markschrade Reply

  • @KingRiaan (Comment 20) : Any ideas for that someone else? I cant see anyone that could…but i may be missing someone

  • Comment 22, posted at 08.08.16 12:37:54 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 22) : Will most probably be Tank, don’t we have that Schoeman dude also?

  • Comment 23, posted at 08.08.16 12:47:21 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @KingRiaan (Comment 23) : Will mostly likely be DuToit…although i dont think he is a good scrumming tighthead and could give some penalties away. If i look at the Sharks win vs the Pumas a large part of that was us scrumming then backwards and giving us front foot ball. With a young backline im not sure how they will fare not getting great ball from the scrums.

  • Comment 24, posted at 08.08.16 12:55:31 by SheldonK Reply

  • @KingRiaan (Comment 17) : Well deserved.

  • Comment 25, posted at 08.08.16 12:58:32 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
    Salmonoid the Subtle
  • @Hulk (Comment 16) : Goosen has been the rave in France. Playing outside centre/fullback and flyhalf for Racing Metro.

  • Comment 26, posted at 08.08.16 13:36:24 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 24) :
    This is my concern too. That scrum helped give us decent structure which we weren’t able to get anywhere else – think we stole some line outs in the last quarter only too.

    @KingCheetah (Comment 26) :
    Not sure if you remember me calling for him at 15? I think he could be world class there.

    @markschrade (Comment 21) :
    Best read the rules mighty quick.

  • Comment 27, posted at 08.08.16 13:44:07 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • @Big Fish (Comment 27) : Yeh look dont get me wrong DuToit is an adequate TH but i think he has some binding issues and struggles to hold his weight at TH. But playing him does give you a mobile prop ( much like Lourens has been of late). If the plan is DuToit at TH long term then they must please play him there as much as possible. The more this pack plays together the better they will get…just ask the Lions about a consistent pack

  • Comment 28, posted at 08.08.16 13:51:17 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 28) :
    I share the concern regarding us needing a very dominant scrum until our backline settles. Regarding Thomas himself, I’m less concerned given his age and the ability to tackle challenges he has shown thus far.

    I still well remember Beast in his first 2 senior seasons – he was scrummed into the ground but learnt a helluva lot. Natural strength and dedication can achieve wonders.

  • Comment 29, posted at 08.08.16 13:58:31 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • @Big Fish (Comment 29) : I see your point regarding Thomas, and yes he can learn. It is just a lot easier to learn at LH where a big strong guy can get away with a poor technique and bind….at TH a poor technique is found out very quickly. So like i said if the plan is Thomas at TH long term then he needs to play there as many minutes as possible…and sort out that bind

  • Comment 30, posted at 08.08.16 14:01:51 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Big Fish (Comment 27) : Please help me out with the rules?

  • Comment 31, posted at 08.08.16 14:26:45 by markschrade Reply

  • @markschrade (Comment 31) : we don’t discuss politics and race here.

  • Comment 32, posted at 08.08.16 14:30:02 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
  • @robdylan (Comment 32) : Alright I understand. Apologies.

  • Comment 33, posted at 08.08.16 14:31:50 by markschrade Reply

  • @markschrade (Comment 33) : that’s ok, no problem 😀

  • Comment 34, posted at 08.08.16 16:42:01 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
  • This concussion of Pat is really bad. Not that I know much about it but always seems that within a few weeks most guys are back playing. I’m all for protecting him and making sure he is 100% cleared before playing again, I just wonder if he has had a history with concussions. Does anyone know. I also don’t want to go and read anything elsewhere that will more than likely be inaccurate. I’ve seen so many sites filled with doom and gloom over players and such.

    Also might have missed it on here but sad news about Christian Lealiifano. Wish him well and hope he will be back on the field again in the near future.

  • Comment 35, posted at 09.08.16 06:26:20 by Farlington Reply

  • Here is a link i found about concussions it is a report on english rugby if we have a look at it i think Pat’s career is in some danger

  • Comment 36, posted at 09.08.16 07:14:04 by John Reply


Add Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.