Richard Ferguson

Botha gets Bok call

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :End of Year Tour, Original Content, Springboks on 31 Oct 2017 at 11:36
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Sharks lock Ruan Botha has been called into the Springbok touring side to travel to Europe this weekend.

He replaces Sharks team mate Jean-Luc du Preez in the touring squad after du Preez’s ankle injury was confirmed.

According to coach Allister Coetzee, there is plenty loose forward options in the team and he rather wanted an extra lock to travel with the team. This takes the total to four Sharks that could potentially earn their first cap in the Green and Gold.

Botha is likely to achieve exactly that as Franco Mostert will not be available for the Wales test match at the end of the tour, as it falls outside the International window.


  • Very happy for him. He has really been a pillar this year and deserves the call-up. I think the team achieved a lot due to him taking over as captain.

  • Comment 1, posted at 31.10.17 11:39:44 by T-Shark Reply
  • Happy for him. would have called up kwagga though, does this mean that PSDT is going to play more at Blindside ?

  • Comment 2, posted at 31.10.17 11:43:33 by revolverocelot Reply
  • Great reward for Ruan who has really come through for us this season. I would keep him as captain for the Super campaign next year

  • Comment 3, posted at 31.10.17 12:00:11 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 3) : Thats a no brainer

  • Comment 4, posted at 31.10.17 12:08:43 by The hound Reply
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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 2) : Yup no doubt PSDT will start the Ireland game at 7 with Kolisi at 6 and Cassiem at 8

  • Comment 5, posted at 31.10.17 12:11:20 by SheldonK Reply

  • @The hound (Comment 4) : Agreed

  • Comment 6, posted at 31.10.17 12:11:35 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 5) : I think Cassiem at 8 is hugely overrated, and has not worked but if we have to play those 3,put PSDT at 8,and Cassiem at 7 where he is more familiar
    Said before PSDT could be another More du Plessis

  • Comment 7, posted at 31.10.17 13:04:10 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 7) : I would concur…however that would require the Bok management learning from mistakes and well…

  • Comment 8, posted at 31.10.17 13:22:47 by SheldonK Reply

  • Well done,Ruan! 😆 Put Brakpan on the map. 😀

  • Comment 9, posted at 31.10.17 15:50:34 by markm Reply

  • I live in Brakpan (not ashamed to say it 😀 ) so had to give a shout out because Ruan was born here.

  • Comment 10, posted at 31.10.17 16:06:26 by markm Reply

  • Boks can do with some class….well done big guy….

  • Comment 11, posted at 31.10.17 16:38:05 by coolfusion Reply

  • I also stay in Brakpan and I love my little town yeah he went to Brakpan oos

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.11.17 12:27:33 by duncanbetteridge Reply

  • Interesting article on another site denying something that Toks van der Linde said about Marcel Coetzee going to The Storners / WP.

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.11.17 12:48:59 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 13) : Yeh saw that. Im sure Ulster may start losing patience with him as he has hardly played for them since signing

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.11.17 13:11:44 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 14) : I think its less than 5 games…..not a good return on investment so far.

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.11.17 14:07:35 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 15) : and he will miss rest of this season. I wouldnt blame Ulster for cancelling his contract if it came to it

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.11.17 14:18:33 by SheldonK Reply

  • Why arent we trying to get him back then? We have ample patience with recoveries and wharves great prize it would be to have Marcell back. Just imagine Marcell next to JLDP or in rotation with him.

  • Comment 17, posted at 01.11.17 14:57:53 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 17) : Never mind it’s just “fake news”. Marcell ‘ s agent has refuted the rumour.

  • Comment 18, posted at 01.11.17 16:22:23 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 18) : Which may also be as good as confirming it,,,,if their lips move…………………

  • Comment 19, posted at 01.11.17 16:36:28 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 13) : @SheldonK (Comment 16) : @coolfusion (Comment 18) : well seeing as his contract is until June 2019 they will have to release him from his contract for him to be able to move.
    Must say it could be possible as in 24 months he will not play 10 games for them (as he’s again sidelined until mid 2018).

  • Comment 20, posted at 01.11.17 21:54:51 by JD Reply
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  • Very interesting to see the backlines chosen my NZ/OZ and the NZ Maori for this week- all big backlines but guys that are still able to pass well. Are the Boks missing soemthing by picking smaller backline players? Its not like our guys are that quick and nimble

  • Comment 21, posted at 02.11.17 12:12:03 by SheldonK Reply


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