Richard Ferguson

Schalk Brits called into Bok squad

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 11 Jun 2018 at 12:06
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Probably one of the most unlikely headlines ever, Saracens hooker Schalk Brits has been called up to the Bok squad, probably as replacement for Bismarck du Plessis.

Brits is already in Bloemfontein with the squad and can be selected for the second test this weekend.

Coach Rassie Erasmus stated that he wants Brits to perform a similar role to what Duane Vermeulen and Willie le Roux in their victory in the first test.


  • I really thought Mbonambi had an exceptional game on Saturday, so this is a bit of a surprise decision considering we have Akker and Chiliboy waiting in the wings. I know a lot of folks aren’t huge fans of Chiliboy but he came out of the Welsh test with his head high.

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.06.18 12:10:36 by josefgremlin Reply
  • Interesting selection this. I just wonder if its more a mentoring and inside info selection than an actual playing selection. Guess time will tell

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.06.18 12:13:43 by SheldonK Reply
  • @josefgremlin (Comment 1) : yes must say I also think hooker is covered by the current players. Would be interesting to see who he picks for Bloem.

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.06.18 13:11:55 by JD Reply
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  • I am more worried about our depth at 9 and 10 than anything else. Also loosing Willie – not so much as fullback, but as really our only play maker.

    Heaven forbid that either Faf or Pollard is injured. Pollard has not set the world alight, but he is miles ahead of Jantjies and du Preez. And Faf is light years ahead of the two rookies Rassie selected at 9.

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.06.18 15:23:54 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 4) : Agreed. Think Jantjies may sort of be adequate but 9 is a problem and its why i think we missing a trick not playing Ruan Pienaar on the bench to help close out games, useful goal kicking option too

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.06.18 15:26:54 by SheldonK Reply

  • I am thinking just for mentoring and inside info. I can’t see him playing.

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.06.18 15:41:59 by StevieS Reply
  • I like Rassie and his out the box thinking and trying to be innovative.

    A few years back it was lights on the roof and now its a 37 year old hooker who was about to retire. I don’t think this was only thought up after bismark pulled out though(as he is saying in the press). Britz when interviewed on another site spoke about how he would love to pull on the bok jersey a few more times(not something one usually speaks about when retiring at 37).

    Britz at his best is a great player in the loose and if he plays it will be because the English struggle with a high tempo game. If he doesn’t play they may have expected a high tempo game and then be faced with a more traditional one. It must be pissing Eddie off to have to think so much about a bok team and tactics, opposition coaches haven’t had to do so in years.

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.06.18 09:20:57 by Byron Wright Reply

  • Could also have looked at Craig Burden. Whats next, pull in WP Nel?

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.06.18 13:00:33 by coolfusion Reply

  • What happened to the plan to pull Vincent Koch Back? I could watch Koch, Kitshoff Marx (or Bissie, Burden, Akker) JL dup RG Snyman Lood de Jager, Kolisi and Vermeulen bringing some mean grunt to forwards.

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.06.18 13:09:37 by coolfusion Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 4) : 9, 10 , and Tighthead. Also need to get the nr 12 spot nailed down. Hooker probably way down the list. Bissie won’t be injured forever neither will Marx. Akker can hold the fort maybe even Strauss in a pinch. Chilli on the outside. Also would like to see locks shored up RG snyman looks promising but we need 2 pair.

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.06.18 13:46:52 by coolfusion Reply

  • Call Gary Botha back too.

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.06.18 14:24:10 by coolfusion Reply

  • Stranger things have happened than Brits coming back. I mean Esterhuisen can play flank as well! 😆 I feel for Akker who has been the form player so far in his position. Question – Is Cameron a Bok yet? ❓ Why persist with de Allende when we have Esterhuisen but I have a sneaky feeling Pollard will go to 12 to use Jantjies at 10. Vermeulen is making way for Captain Crock (sorry,I mean Whitely 😈 ) I like him but he really is injury prone. Rehab first then play. Worked for Pollard.

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.06.18 18:00:33 by markm Reply

  • @markm (Comment 12) : Cameron released from the squad

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.06.18 18:03:52 by Julesgr8ter Reply
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  • @Julesgr8ter (Comment 13) : Which makes little sense. He is way better than van Zyl.

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.06.18 06:48:07 by coolfusion Reply

  • @markm (Comment 12) : I doubt it. Pollard will stay fly-half till he loses his nerve or a better option is found which there is currently. Rassie would much rather get one of the many capable 12’s up than mess with a position as lean on resources as fly-half.

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.06.18 06:51:02 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 15) : Meant to say which there isn’t currently. Remember Jantjies has had multiple opportunity to show if he is international quality. He is just not.

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.06.18 06:52:46 by coolfusion Reply

  • @markm (Comment 12) : Seriously doubt that. Rassie likes a 10 that attacks the gain lain, and can generate momentum. Jantjies is just too fragile at this level. He folds under pressure. Pollard will stay, Rob or JL du Plessis and Willemse too fight it out as his deputy.

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.06.18 07:17:08 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 17) : Boks need to invest in Willemse – reckon he is the best of the three you mentioned

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.06.18 08:28:56 by Bokhoring Reply
  • With injuries etc i wouldnt discard many flyhalves. I think all of Pollard, Jantjies, DuPreez, Duplessis, Willemse need to be looked at. Going to be interesting to see what happens at WP if both DuPlessis and Willemse ever fit at the same time. I cant see any flyhalves outside of them really. Lambie as a big outsider but doubt it due to injuries.

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.06.18 09:51:26 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 18) : To be honest, I haven’t really seen the hype. Rob has been very good, the game vs Wales aside. JL du Plessis shows good promise, but I am sure Willemse can grow. I also think Stapelberg can be looked at. He is a very underrated player.

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.06.18 09:57:15 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 20) : Rob is a great place kicker, decent defensively, has a good pass and decent handling, but he seems to struggle a bit in decision making with aggressive in his face defense. He just takes a second too long to decide what he wants to do, and then seems caught at sea. That was very noticeable in the Wales game but I also noticed it in some of the other games (e.g. Argentina) where the Sharks struggled against aggressive defenses.

    Willemse is still young and very prone to mistakes, but he has good skills and really good acceleration of the mark.

  • Comment 21, posted at 13.06.18 10:09:23 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @SheldonK (Comment 19) : Pollard. then Jantjies and then the field is wide open.

    Pity we don’t have tours with midweek games anymore – ideal to test out fringe players.

  • Comment 22, posted at 13.06.18 10:24:40 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 22) : Agree on the tours. I also think a lot stems from the 9. So Pollard looked good with Faf but when Van Zyl came on he didnt look as good. Same with Dupreez at the sharks, he looks a lot better with Wright than Schreuder. Jantjies will look better with Faf than Van Zyl. The 10s we have seem to thrive on a 9 thats quick to the breakdown with a hard pass so that they can run onto it and challenge the line. We could be missing a trick not picking a guy like Reinach to combine with Faf.

  • Comment 23, posted at 13.06.18 10:56:17 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 23) : Not sure why Rassie does not rate Wright. Van Zyl just does not excite me at all.

    I would even pick Wright ahead of Reinach (unless he has improved his service now that he is playing overseas)

  • Comment 24, posted at 13.06.18 11:04:48 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 24) : Reinach was pretty good the couple games i managed to see of Northampton, dont know about consistency though. But yes all of Faf, Wright,Papier and Reinach all pretty much in the same mould.

  • Comment 25, posted at 13.06.18 11:38:59 by SheldonK Reply


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