First Bok training squad named

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 28 Feb 2017 at 10:00
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A 41-man extended training squad for the first Springbok camp of the year has been named. This is not a complete “who’s who” of all players in contention for Bok selection this year, though, since no Sharks and Kings players are able to attend due to Super Rugby tours.

The camp takes place in Johannesburg early next week, from Sunday through to Tuesday. You can almost hear the collective groan from Super Rugby franchise coaches, who in some cases will now have to make do without almost half of their match day squad for almost half of a key Super Rugby week. It suits the Bulls, though (they have a bye in round 3) so I guess that’s ok!

Handré Pollard, Siya Kolisi, Frans Malherbe and Jaco Kriel, all of whom missed test action last year due to injury, are all in the mix, as is Seabelo Senalta (who has not actually played the 15-man game in almost two years). Five other young players, Ox Nche, Joseph Dweba, Hanro Liebenberg, Warrick Gelant and Wilco Louw, have also been included to get a taste of life as a Springbok.

Here is the full group:

No Name and surname Position Franchise


Nizaam Carr Number 8 DHL Stormers


Uzair Cassiem Flank Toyota Cheetahs


Damian de Allende Centre DHL Stormers


Lood de Jager Lock Vodacom Bulls


Faf de Klerk Scrumhalf Emirates Lions


Ruan Dreyer Prop Emirates Lions


Jean-Luc du Plessis Flyhalf DHL Stormers


Pieter-Steph du Toit Lock DHL Stormers


Joseph Dweba* Hooker Toyota Cheetahs


Eben Etzebeth Lock DHL Stormers


Warrick Gelant* Fullback Vodacom Bulls


Lizo Gqoboka Prop Vodacom Bulls


Hanro Liebenberg* Number 8 Vodacom Bulls


Travis Ismaiel Wing Vodacom Bulls


Rohan Janse van Rensburg Centre Emirates Lions


Elton Jantjies Flyhalf Emirates Lions


Siya Kolisi Flank DHL Stormers


Jaco Kriel Flank Emirates Lions


Jesse Kriel Fullback Vodacom Bulls


Wilco Louw* Prop DHL Stormers


Frans Malherbe Prop DHL Stormers


Lionel Mapoe Centre Emirates Lions


Malcolm Marx Hooker Emirates Lions


Bongi Mbonambi Hooker DHL Stormers


Teboho Mohoje Flank Toyota Cheetahs


Franco Mostert Lock Emirates Lions


Ox Nche* Prop Toyota Cheetahs


Sikhumbuzo Notshe Number 8 DHL Stormers


Trevor Nyakane Prop Vodacom Bulls


Rudy Page Scrumhalf Vodacom Bulls


Sergeal Petersen Wing Toyota Cheetahs


Handré Pollard Flyhalf Vodacom Bulls


Raymond Rhule Wing Toyota Cheetahs


Seabelo Senatla Wing DHL Stormers


Jan Serfontein Centre Vodacom Bulls


RG Snyman Lock Vodacom Bulls


Jamba Ulengo Wing Vodacom Bulls


Armand van der Merwe Hooker Emirates Lions


Piet van Zyl Scrumhalf Vodacom Bulls


Francois Venter Centre Toyota Cheetahs


Warren Whiteley Number 8 Emirates Lions


  • Any one want to take R50 bet that Siya Kolisi is the new Bok captain.

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.02.17 11:26:10 by The hound Reply
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  • Nyakane seems to be even worse off than Coenie trying to scrum the other side… the cupboard is really empty

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.02.17 11:32:12 by Kabouter Reply

  • @The hound (Comment 1) : not even if you offer 5/1

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.02.17 11:35:29 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • Knowing that Coetzee will be at the reigns for another year, I don’t think I care much for springbok related news.

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.02.17 12:22:51 by coolfusion Reply

  • @The hound (Comment 1) : I initially thought that was a joke. Now I’m a worried it’s a premonition.

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.02.17 13:05:50 by Hulk Reply

  • @Hulk (Comment 5) : I am being deadly serious, and he will come with the blessing of Nic Mallett and the entire western cape lack press.

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.02.17 13:19:21 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 6) : I never thought I’d say this, but if it means Handre Pollard doesn’t get the armband, I support that decision

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.02.17 13:35:47 by Die Kriek Reply

  • So what are these guys going to do at the trainig squad, seeing as none of the Sharks, Kings and overseas based guys can attend. Are the overseas guys still in contention.

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.02.17 13:43:47 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 7) : I think people are a little harsh on Pollard,he is very young only 22 and coming back from a horrific injury and then serious post op infection.
    He is a good player, but he needs time to resettle, and the dumb Bulls shove him back into the spotlight with the weight of the captaincy on his shoulders.

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.02.17 13:44:38 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 9) : did something happen post new year? must say you very kind harted towards a lot of guys you would have had a go at before the Christmas period

  • Comment 10, posted at 28.02.17 13:48:14 by HB Reply
  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 8) : Rudolph Strauelli is taking them for an overnight at Donkergat where they get to play water sports with him.

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.02.17 13:48:14 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 1) : You are right, and it will be at the expense of Marcel Coetzee…(which will be laughable if overseas based players are eligible to be picked)

  • Comment 12, posted at 28.02.17 13:51:39 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @HB (Comment 10) : Never been harsh on this guy, think he was shoved into situation that he two years too early.
    He has come out of it a lot better than Goosen andjaantjies did.

  • Comment 13, posted at 28.02.17 13:51:45 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 13) : dont get me wrong I’m not complaining, just as trend that I saw from you the last bit, but it is actually something refreshing

    but I tend to agree with you, think he is maybe a bit young for what the weight they put on him, if we only speaking about him
    But I still think he would be a better 12 with Lambie on his inside than at FH, he is a big strong lad

  • Comment 14, posted at 28.02.17 13:56:49 by HB Reply
  • @HB (Comment 14) : Thats why I hope like hell they don’t push Bosch up ,and leave him to play in the juniors, he is a serious talent who needs to spend as much time as he can building confidence at his own age group.

  • Comment 15, posted at 28.02.17 14:01:15 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 15) : Think you spot on there, they can give him thr odd game here and there in super rugby, but let him spend more time in his age group and maybe when this extended currie cup starts, just to get him more into the game and more adapted

  • Comment 16, posted at 28.02.17 14:11:03 by HB Reply
  • @The hound (Comment 9) : I will have to respectfully disagree with you on Pollard,yes he might be good,but all that is lost on me as he has the biggest windgat attitude that I have seen on a laaitie in a veeeeery long time.
    To be honest I was really enjoying how poorly he was at the weekend just because of his attitude,but that is just my opinion…

  • Comment 17, posted at 28.02.17 15:39:56 by BarendL Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 1) : Thats so sad but so true.

  • Comment 18, posted at 28.02.17 15:41:23 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • Maybe time to order a French or Irish jersey!!!

  • Comment 19, posted at 28.02.17 16:09:43 by JD Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 15) : He needs to learn to tackle in the age groups before playing Super Rugby, just imagine what Folau will do to him….Lomu vs Catt comes to mind..

  • Comment 20, posted at 28.02.17 16:35:13 by Grasshopper Reply

  • @Grasshopper (Comment 20) : Andre Joubert,Christian Cullen,Robinson,Serge Blanco,and today Ben Smith,none of these were known for their great tackling ability, but everyone would walk straight into any side,Bosch has the raw talent and abilty to be as good as this crew.

  • Comment 21, posted at 28.02.17 17:34:20 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 21) : some seriously talented players!!! Let’s hope you’re spot on and that Bosch grow up to be as good as they were!!!

  • Comment 22, posted at 28.02.17 17:39:29 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 22) : Well like Hound said, he’ll have to be matured correctly for that to happen and to be honest, he looked a little scared of tackling Cooper this weekend, you can see it on the highlights so perhaps another CC season rather than SR is the right way to go with him so he can bulk up a bit and grow more confidence. We need to have patience with such talented players like him. He’s not FS who was already a monster at that age who can easily adapt to the physical demands of SR, he’s still growing.

  • Comment 23, posted at 01.03.17 08:47:21 by Quintin Reply

  • @Quintin (Comment 23) : 100% with you on it but I also have to trust that RdP Snr will not presure him into playing if he’s not ready.

  • Comment 24, posted at 01.03.17 10:48:42 by JD Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 21) : Agree he certainly has that natural attacking ability and can find gaps, but to be a modern allround player he needs to be able to defend too. He cannot play flyhalf as he’ll just be run over, so he needs to stick to 15 or wing where he has the line as another defender. I honestly hope he does succeed, we can’t have another Aplon, Kolbe, Leyds scenario, lost due to size..

  • Comment 25, posted at 01.03.17 11:01:09 by Grasshopper Reply

  • @Grasshopper (Comment 25) : I looked at that situation early in the game where the big left winger (Nabuli?) ran at Curwin. Now, let’s ignore for a fact the defensive lapse that led to the gap being there in the first place and look at how Curwin did. He got up there and certainly attempted to tackle the big man, slowing him down enough for Mvovo and then Botha to come in with big hits. My point is that a good system can make up for individual weaknesses.

  • Comment 26, posted at 01.03.17 12:44:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 26) : The other point is how do you judge a good full back,I would say firstly his kicking ability,his ability under the high ball,his running skills and his anticipation instincts.
    Curwin scores very highly on all of those, yes he can’t bring down Lood de Jaager,but is that really his job.
    Its like blaming Alan Donald’s batting inability for loosing the World Cup.

  • Comment 27, posted at 01.03.17 12:53:24 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 27) : as you say, it depends on what sort of guy you want at 15. I think there are probably days when you might want a brute like Hugh Reece-Edwards or Frans Steyn at fullback, but a guy like Curwin (or Cullen or Joubert) will hopefully show enough skills on attack and nullify that argument.

    One point i must make, though, is that it’s pointless to try and turn the one into the other. Curwin never got his hands on the ball in any sort of attacking position on Friday and that,to me, is a terrible waste of what he is good at.

  • Comment 28, posted at 01.03.17 13:32:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Grasshopper (Comment 25) : @robdylan (Comment 26) : @The hound (Comment 27) : I’m OK if he goes for the tackle and slows down the big guys for the cover to come and help! Some big guys just runs next to the opposition player hoping someone else will tackle him!!!

  • Comment 29, posted at 01.03.17 13:35:36 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 28) : yes for sure no sense in picking an attacking running fullback and then not using him (or the rest of the backs)!

  • Comment 30, posted at 01.03.17 13:37:57 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 29) : Pierre “let me run next to you brushing the dandruff from your shoulders while I wait for someone to come in and make the hit” Spies springs to mind…

  • Comment 31, posted at 01.03.17 14:01:00 by Culling Song Reply
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