No Willie for the home Tests

Written by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring)

Posted in :The Rugby Championship on 20 Sep 2018 at 16:09

Willie le Roux and Francois Louw have returned to England and will not feature in the two home games for the Boks. Damian De Allende, Lukhanyo Am and Makazole Mapimpi have also been ruled out due to injury.

Losing Willie robs the Boks of their most creative player on attack. It will be interesting to see if Rassie will trust Willemse with the 15 jersey or call up another player.

I also expect Mapoe to be called up as he can cover 13 and wing.


  • Rassie has picked Willemse in the squad and said he will play him at 15 so he must put his money where his mouth is and actually do it. Same with Van Staden in place of Louw. I expect Mapoe and Nkosi (if comes through the game ok) to be called up for DeAllende and Mapimpi. Although Lleyds could be surprise pick

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.09.18 08:29:17 by SheldonK Reply
  • @SheldonK (Comment 1) : Rassie has apparently asked WP to play him at fullback this weekend – so Willemse at 15 is a done deal

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.09.18 08:42:59 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 2) : Interesting to see how that plays out at WP…will Willemse play 15 going forward? Lleyds and SP Marais wont be stoked about that. Josh Stander at 10 will be though. So interesting dynamic

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.09.18 09:05:35 by SheldonK Reply

  • Ja going to be interesting to see if he goes with the youngsters or decide to get experienced cover.

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.09.18 09:16:06 by JD Reply
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  • According to the folks here up North, Willie is available to play for the Boks in SA?

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.09.18 09:25:47 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 5) : Journo’s here reported that he won’t be available.

    The RC tests fall in the international window – so no club would really have a foot to stand on.

    I am sure Rassie will welcome him back with open arms.

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.09.18 11:22:27 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 6) : Looks like he’s in.

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.09.18 14:08:23 by McLovin Reply

  • Bok squad
    Forwards (16):

    Schalk Brits (Hooker, Unattached), 11, 5 – 1t
    Pieter-Steph du Toit (Lock/ loose forward, DHL Western Province), 40, 20 – 4t
    Eben Etzebeth (Lock, DHL Western Province), 71, 15 – 3t
    Steven Kitshoff (Prop, DHL Western Province), 31, 5 – 1t
    Vincent Koch (Prop, Saracens, England), 9, 0
    Siya Kolisi (Captain, Flanker, DHL Western Province), 35, 25 – 5t
    Wilco Louw (Prop, DHL Western Province), 10, 0
    Frans Malherbe (Prop, DHL Western Province), 23, 0
    Malcolm Marx (Hooker, Emirates Lions), 18, 20 – 4t
    Bongi Mbonambi (Hooker, DHL Western Province), 20, 10 – 2t
    Franco Mostert (Lock, Xerox Golden Lions), 24, 5 – 1t
    Tendai Mtawarira (Prop, Cell C Sharks), 105, 10 – 2t
    Sikhumbuzo Notshe (No 8, DHL Western Province), 4, 0
    RG Snyman (Lock, Vodacom Blue Bulls), 6, 0
    Marco van Staden (Flanker, Vodacom Blue Bulls), 1, 0
    Warren Whiteley (No 8, Xerox Golden Lions), 21, 15 – 3t
    *Note: Trevor Nyakane (Prop, Vodacom Blue Bulls) will continue with his conditioning programme under the supervision of the Springbok conditioning staff

    Backs (14):

    Faf de Klerk (Scrumhalf, Sale Sharks, England), 18, 10 – 2t
    Aphiwe Dyantyi (Wing, Xerox Golden Lions), 7, 25 – 5t
    André Esterhuizen (Centre, Cell C Sharks), 4, 0
    Elton Jantjies (Flyhalf, Xerox Golden Lions), 28, 223 – 2t, 42c, 43p
    Willie le Roux (Fullback, Wasps, England), 48, 60 – 12t
    Cheslin Kolbe (Utility back, Toulouse, France), 2, 5 – 1t
    Jesse Kriel (Centre, Vodacom Blue Bulls), 34, 45 – 9t
    Lionel Mapoe (Centre, Xerox Golden Lions), 14, 10 – 2t
    Ruhan Nel (Centre, DHL Western Province), uncapped
    Sibusiso Nkosi (Wing, Cell C Sharks), 3, 10 – 2t
    Embrose Papier (Scrumhalf, Vodacom Blue Bulls), 3, 0
    Handré Pollard (Flyhalf, Vodacom Blue Bulls), 33, 265 – 3t, 50c, 47p, 3d
    Ivan van Zyl (Scrumhalf, Vodacom Blue Bulls), 3, 0
    Damian Willemse (Flyhalf, DHL Western Province), 2, 0

    What did Thomas Du Toit do wrong to be dropped?

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.09.18 09:33:19 by Loosehead Reply


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