Richard Ferguson

Cronje out, Vermaak in

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Argentina, Original Content, Springboks, The Rugby Championship on 21 Aug 2017 at 09:44
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Ross Cronje injured his right ankle against Argentina this weekend and will not travel with the team to Salta. Jano Vermaak is called into the travelling party as third scrumhalf.

Vermaak joins Francois Hougaard and Rudy Paige as the scrumhalves in the squad set to travel on Wednesday.

Ruan Dreyer is also back in the mix after his paternity leave, having replaced Frans Malherbe in the squad last week.

Also not getting on the plane is Oupa Mohoje, who suffered a rib injury in his game for the Cheetahs in Currie Cup this weekend. He has not been replaced. Handre Pollard will also remain in South Africa to continue his rehab.

The Springbok squad to travel to Argentina:
Uzair Cassiem (flank), Toyota Cheetahs – 2 cap, 5 points (1 try)
Lood de Jager (lock), Vodacom Bulls – 29 caps, 20 points (4 tries)
Ruan Dreyer (prop), Emirates Lions – 1 cap, 0 points
Dan du Preez (No 8), Cell C Sharks – 0 caps, 0 points
Jean-Luc du Preez (loose forward), Cell C Sharks – 5 caps, 0 points
Pieter-Steph du Toit (lock), DHL Stormers – 24 caps, 20 points (4 tries)
Eben Etzebeth (lock), DHL Stormers – 58 caps, 15 points (3 tries)
Steven Kitshoff (prop), DHL Stormers – 14 caps, 0 points
Siya Kolisi (flank), DHL Stormers – 21 caps, 10 points (2 tries)
Jaco Kriel (loose forward), Emirates Lions/Kubota Spears (Jap) – 9 caps, 0 points
Malcolm Marx (hooker), Emirates Lions – 6 caps, 5 points (1 try)
Bongi Mbonambi (hooker), DHL Stormers – 9 caps; 0 points
Franco Mostert (lock), Emirates Lions/Ricoh Black Rams (Jap) – 11 caps, 0 points
Tendai Mtawarira (prop), Cell C Sharks – 91 caps, 10 points (2 tries)
Trevor Nyakane (prop), Vodacom Bulls – 29 caps, 5 points (1 try)
Coenie Oosthuizen (prop), Cell C Sharks – 27 caps, 20 points (4 tries)
Chiliboy Ralepelle (hooker), Cell C Sharks – 22 caps, 5 points (1 try)
Curwin Bosch (flyhalf/fullback), Cell C Sharks – 1 cap, 0 points
Andries Coetzee (fullback), Emirates Lions – 4 caps, 0 points
Damian de Allende (centre), DHL Stormers – 23 Caps, 15 points (3 tries)
Francois Hougaard (scrumhalf), Worcester (England) – 43 caps, 25 points (5 tries)
Elton Jantjies (flyhalf), Emirates Lions/NTT Shining Arcs (Jap) – 15 caps, 147 points (1 try, 26 conversions, 30 penalties)
Jesse Kriel (centre), Vodacom Bulls – 20 caps, 25 points (5 tries)
Rudy Paige (scrumhalf), Vodacom Bulls – 8 caps, 5 points (1 try)
Raymond Rhule (wing), Toyota Cheetahs – 4 caps, 5 points (1 try)
Jan Serfontein (centre), Vodacom Bulls – 30 caps, 20 points (4 tries)
Courtnall Skosan (wing), Emirates Lions – 4 caps, 5 points (1 try)
Francois Venter (centre), Toyota Cheetahs – 3 caps, 0 points
Jano Vermaak (scrumhalf) DHL Stormers – 3 caps, 0 points


  • Curwin Bosch (flyhalf/fullback), Cell C Sharks – 1 cap, 0 points – ………..could very easily have been – 1 cap minus 7 points. 😈

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.08.17 09:59:10 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 1) : Hopefully that 7 mins did not dent his confidence……ala Gaffie and Dave van Hoeslin

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.08.17 10:20:35 by Lieplapper Reply

  • See talks are doing the rounds that Leolin Zas is joining the Sharks?

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.08.17 10:21:14 by Lieplapper Reply

  • @Lieplapper (Comment 2) : Nah, he will be fine, thats if his time with the Junior Boks didnt “Gaffie” him.

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.08.17 10:27:39 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Lieplapper (Comment 3) : I know the name but I have no idea who he is or what team he plays for.

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.08.17 10:29:18 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Lieplapper (Comment 3) : @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 5) : Ok I see he plays for the Stormers 😳 and is injured for the season. I wonder how much truth there is in this story…that he signed for the Sharks.

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.08.17 10:32:35 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 6) : Would be interesting if it’s true seeing as Mapimpi is apparently also joining us next year. We may then end up with Nkosi, van Wyk, Mvovo, Zas and Mapimpi next year which may indicate that management wants to make Mvovo’s move to fullback a more permanent fixture or one of our wings may be departing next year. Disclaimer: this is all pure speculation based on the Zas rumour.

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.08.17 11:33:07 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Pity about taking a older scrumhalf as backup and not a youngster. No forward planning.Vermaak hasnt played much for the bokke either.

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.08.17 11:54:48 by Dunx Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 7) : I like the idea of keeping Lwazi at 15. I really cant imagine Zas being considered by the Sharks considering that he had a serious injury that is going to keep out of all rugby for this season. I heard that the Mapimpi is a done deal but am not sure if that would only be to play SupeRugby.

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.08.17 12:02:47 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 9) : he is with the cheetahs now for pro 14 atm & currie cup

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.08.17 12:10:46 by Dunx Reply

  • If the Cheetahs and Kings players playing in the Pro14 are eligible for the Boks does that mean any Sa player playing in the Pro14 is eligible or do they need to be playing for either the Cheetahs or Kings?

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.08.17 12:19:02 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 11) : Cheetahs and Kings are still SA based teams

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.08.17 12:28:46 by Baylion Reply

  • Just me or does someone else also find Mapimpi arrogant when scoring a try…..”you cant see me” show he puts up. Hopefully he stays where he is……

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.08.17 12:32:27 by Lieplapper Reply

  • Leolin Zas is a Stormers winger….not half bad. Could be truth in the rumour seeing that Stormers are taking Rhule and Sergeal off the Cheetahs books next year. O ja and Oupa….

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.08.17 12:35:00 by Lieplapper Reply

  • @Dunx (Comment 10) : Apparently his contract has a clause that allows him to play SupeRugby if one of the SupeRugby franches want him and I believe the Sharks do want him so he should be making his way to Durban soon – after the Currie Cup. Maybe he has decided to go with the Cheetahs to Pro 14 and that may be why the Zas story has emerged.

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.08.17 12:35:50 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Lieplapper (Comment 13) : There’s no denying he’s a great finisher. 9 tries or more in Super Rugby and 6 in Currie Cup so far this year.

    I wouldn’t mind him coming to the Sharks.

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.08.17 13:33:32 by StevieS Reply
  • @StevieS (Comment 16) : So is he not njured then?

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.08.17 13:40:22 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Hi guys i am new. Afrikaans laaitie. The story about zas looks like a done deal.. it was in the afrikaans news paper the rapport.. but still i didnt see anything on the sharks site to confirm this signature

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.08.17 13:55:00 by Darius de Lange Reply

  • @Lieplapper (Comment 14) : @StevieS (Comment 16) : No seems to be still injured – seems he last played any rugby in February this year – who knows what shape he will be in after coming back from such a serious break. There is probably a lot of water to flow under the bridge before a permanent contract is offered to him.

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.08.17 13:58:04 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Darius de Lange (Comment 18) : Welcome Darius, hoop ons sien nog baie van jou.

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.08.17 14:59:25 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Forsure. Its actually funny. I have been following this site for about a year now.. . Love this site. Keep the good work to everyone part of it

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.08.17 15:47:07 by Darius de Lange Reply

  • @Darius de Lange (Comment 21) :

    Who wrote the story in the Rapport?

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.08.17 16:04:00 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 22) : Don’t know who but pretty sure it must have been in crayon. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.08.17 16:09:55 by McLovin Reply

  • Hendrik cronje . Well if its true or not.. thats what they said… any news about robert du preez jnr joining the sharks???

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.08.17 17:51:51 by Darius de Lange Reply

  • This weekend is going to be a tough one for us against the stormers,

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.08.17 23:18:32 by BluffShark Reply

  • @Darius de Lange (Comment 24) : I asked same question somewhere last week, Rob mentioned that he think we did sign him

  • Comment 26, posted at 21.08.17 23:21:38 by HeinF Reply

  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 17) : @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 19) : I was talking about Mapimpi.

    Zas has been out injured for ages. I hope he is as quick as he was before his injury.

  • Comment 27, posted at 22.08.17 10:38:08 by StevieS Reply
  • @StevieS (Comment 27) : 😎

  • Comment 28, posted at 22.08.17 11:08:12 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • I wonder what is the story on mapimpi?? Because i heard that sergeal pietersen and rhule is going to the stormers?? True or not

  • Comment 29, posted at 22.08.17 11:10:56 by Darius de Lange Reply

  • @Darius de Lange (Comment 29) : Rumour mills says mapimpi only joining in Jan. Rumour mill also says Dick Muir might be coming back as assistant coach.

  • Comment 30, posted at 22.08.17 17:39:47 by coolfusion Reply

  • all the rumours

    we are getting zas, mapimpi and Rob jnr

    Dick Muir coach

    cant wait to hear whats true and what was written to sell more rapports lol.

    to be fair the rapport did publish that LS was headed to us, and that turned out to be true, but in the past they have published some questionable articles.

    I also cant wait to hear whose fit to play this weekend. I will be in the stands.

  • Comment 31, posted at 22.08.17 19:38:44 by revolverocelot Reply

  • All the WP guys here in the Cape is quite happy Zas seems to be leaving,saying he is a ‘dom’ winger, bad positional player… 😯

  • Comment 32, posted at 23.08.17 07:48:07 by BarendL Reply
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  • @BarendL (Comment 32) : Yes and when PSDT left the Sharks we said he was too injury prone and lacked integrity. When someone leaves you, you always focus on their flaws.

  • Comment 33, posted at 23.08.17 08:31:46 by Hulk Reply

  • @BarendL (Comment 32) : I think we are well covered on wing. Zas may be overstock unless he is absolutely brilliant, why waste money on him? There are other positions that need urgent focus.

  • Comment 34, posted at 23.08.17 08:52:45 by coolfusion Reply

  • @Hulk (Comment 33) : True, maybe its a 2 for 1 special, get Rob jnr but take Zas with? 😈
    Just to clarify, I cant remember him very well or what he plays like, just saying what I’m hearing, so cant really comment on his ability.

  • Comment 35, posted at 23.08.17 10:17:04 by BarendL Reply
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  • @BarendL (Comment 35) : Zas is in the Kolbe mould…smallish guy with lots of speed and a half decent left boot. Ackermann played him at fb for SA A last year vs Eng. He would prob struggle to make the WP starting wings now.

  • Comment 36, posted at 23.08.17 12:21:30 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 36) : I rate Zas, look good when he was fit, bigger physical structure than Kolbe. Again this is all speculation in relation to will be arrive, maybe there are negotiations at the moment.

    I hope WP’s money problems affect their ability to recruit and/pay salaries thus losing them players.

  • Comment 37, posted at 23.08.17 13:04:43 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 37) : I hope WP carry on let the good ones go, with their talent spotting it wont matter if they have all the money in the world, they will still let a lot of unpolished diamonds shine somewhere else.

    Thank you WP for Ruan Botha, Jacques Vermeulen and Kobus van Wyk.

  • Comment 38, posted at 23.08.17 14:06:32 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 38) : Those were three coups for us…great buys!

  • Comment 39, posted at 23.08.17 18:53:59 by pastorshark Reply
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  • John Mitchell is giving me sleepless nights. He is going to build something special at Loftus. He is going to set the standards very high there. Don’t expect the Bulls to ever struggle against teams such as the Sunwolves, Rebels again.

  • Comment 40, posted at 23.08.17 19:24:19 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 40) : How much and how soon the will improve is the question. they did just add boshoff to their ranks at fh, good back up, though jantjies has done ok (not as good as his big bro)

    Any news on tank ?

    We better bring our A game to cape town cause wp have a lot of confidence all of a sudden.

    I hope this season doesnt go like last years CC where we started well but slowly got worse as injuries, bok call ups, and early releases from contracts disrupted our cohesion.

  • Comment 41, posted at 23.08.17 20:04:42 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 40) : Personally, I think people are getting a little carried away with regards to John Mitchell and his potential influence. Sure, he undoubtedly has a fine rugby brain, and is a good coach, but still. While he laid the ground work for the Lions, it’s not like they were that formidable when he was the head coach. And he hasn’t exactly cause a renaissance in American rugby during his tenure there either. And do you remember how awesome the Force were under him as coach? Yeah, me neither.

    So, is he going to improve the Bulls? Undoubtedly, but at present they’re about as crap as can be. Is he going to return them to Super Rugby winning glory? I’d say the jury is still very much out on that one.

  • Comment 42, posted at 24.08.17 02:50:07 by Culling Song Reply
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