Richard Ferguson

Prop poser for AC

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks, The Rugby Championship on 14 Aug 2017 at 14:57
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The Springboks go into the first Rugby Championship fixture against Argentina with somewhat of a front row crises.

Tighthead Frans Malherbe will not be considered for selection this weekend after complaining about a sore neck. He has been sent for further tests but it is highly unlikely that he will play this weekend. The other tighthead in the squad, Ruan Dreyer, is set to become a father and is currently not with the squad in Port Elizabeth.

This leaves Allister Coetzee with only Coenie Oosthuizen and Trevor Nyakane to choose from, both whom started their careers as looseheads. All other props in the squad are pure looseheads (Kitshoff, Mtawarira and Gqoboka).

Ross Cronje is another concern, he will face a late fitness test to be available for this weekend as he is still recovering from injuries picked up in the Super Rugby final.

Handre Pollard is apparently recovering well from his ankle injury but will not be considered this week.


  • Was Dryer in the squad originally? I thought he’d been left out.

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.08.17 15:14:33 by ChrisS Reply
  • With Pollard out, and Bosch the only other FH in the squad, it looks like a very likely bench spot and first cap for the young man. Dan is also the only pure 8 in the squad, I wonder if we won’t see the twins getting to start together for the Boks.

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.08.17 15:15:41 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Two thoughts:

    1. If he’s been complaining of the injury since last week, why did AC not bring in cover? Especially as he would have known Dreyer would potentially be unavailable.

    2. Surely Pollard should play some Currie Cup to get match fitness back, or was the lesson with Lambie not learnt last year?

    AC needs to plan properly.

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.08.17 15:17:00 by StevieS Reply
  • @ChrisS (Comment 1) :

    Yeah, didin’t realise but he isn’t even in the squad..

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.08.17 15:26:52 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 3) : too late to call in Lourens then i guess.

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.08.17 15:40:44 by Dunx Reply

  • @Dunx (Comment 5) : But then the 30 cap ruling should count him out

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.08.17 15:41:00 by Dunx Reply

  • Fun and games!!! That’s why you don’t pick injured players!!!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.08.17 16:17:11 by JD Reply
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  • Nothing to worry about. All will be fine.

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.08.17 16:22:08 by McLovin Reply

  • Must be pissed off he never chose Thomas and wrapped him in cotton wool.

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.08.17 16:49:29 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 9) : eish… I’m worried the news there might not be so good

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.08.17 17:11:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : did not see it but from what I’ve read I’m not really optimistic that he’s only going to miss a week or two!

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.08.17 19:26:23 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : Ach schei├če!

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.08.17 21:35:29 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 3) :
    It would be a completely pointless exercise.
    No amount of ‘match fitness’ would have prevented Lambie’s critical injuries.

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.08.17 00:23:58 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 2) : Don’t be too surprised to see Cassiem at 8

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.08.17 07:26:41 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @fyndraai (Comment 13) : My point is that you can’t rush a player back from injury straight into international rugby.

    It’s just asking for injuries and a loss of confidence by the player.

    @KingCheetah (Comment 14) : Good point

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.08.17 07:47:12 by StevieS Reply
  • I see Dreyer has been called up to replace Malherbe. So if his missus gives birth on Friday or Saturday, will he drop out or miss the birth of his child? Tough call to make…. Miss the chance to possibly make the 3 jersey your own or miss the birth? I guess you could always have another child later and attend that birth.

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.08.17 09:53:44 by Karl Reply

  • re Thomas, I’m finding it hard to convince myself that no news isn’t bad news here.

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.08.17 10:02:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : ????????

  • Comment 18, posted at 15.08.17 10:10:27 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • I am completely out of the loop with recoveries. What happened too Julian Redelinghuis? I though he had good news regarding recovery?

  • Comment 19, posted at 15.08.17 10:35:27 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 19) : Yeah. It was good news in that he can walk. And probably play rugby again. I think they said next year.

  • Comment 20, posted at 15.08.17 10:45:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : geez boet nearly had a hart attack. Missed that you were commenting on Redelinghuis and was under the impression you were revering to Big Tom!!!

  • Comment 21, posted at 15.08.17 11:32:27 by JD Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 15) :
    If the player is still injured he should not play any rugby.
    If he is fit, I question why he should play CC first. Specifically as it pertains to injuries. Is he less likely to be injured in his next international match if he had played in CC first? I’ve not seen any evidence or logic that would indicate so.
    Pollard, after all, was originally injured on the practice field. Lambie in a warmup game.
    Sending a fit and able player into lower level rugby is just risking ruining his higher level carreer.

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.08.17 01:40:40 by fyndraai Reply
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