Thomas and Akker dropped from the Bok squad

Written by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring)

Posted in :The Rugby Championship on 24 Sep 2018 at 12:47

Vincent Koch has been called up to the squad in place of Thomas du Toit. Rassie still prefers 37 year old Schalk Britz over Akker.

Sbu Nkosi has been called up into the squad after making it through the game against the Lions. Francois Louw has been left in the UK but Willie has thankfully been called back to SA.

Lionel Mapoe returns to the squad and Ruhan Nel is a surprise new inclusion.

Rassie still sees something in Ivan van Zyl that I honestly don’t. I would rather have any of Cronje, Shreuder or Wright in his place.

Forwards (16):

Schalk Brits (Hooker, Unattached), 11, 5 – 1t 0
Pieter-Steph du Toit (Lock/ loose forward, DHL Western Province), 40, 20 – 4t0
Eben Etzebeth (Lock, DHL Western Province), 71, 15 – 3t0
Steven Kitshoff (Prop, DHL Western Province), 31, 5 – 1t0
Vincent Koch (Prop, Saracens, England), 9, 00
Siya Kolisi (Captain, Flanker, DHL Western Province), 35, 25 – 5t0
Wilco Louw (Prop, DHL Western Province), 10, 00
Frans Malherbe (Prop, DHL Western Province), 23, 00
Malcolm Marx (Hooker, Emirates Lions), 18, 20 – 4t0
Bongi Mbonambi (Hooker, DHL Western Province), 20, 10 – 2t0
Franco Mostert (Lock, Xerox Golden Lions), 24, 5 – 1t0
Tendai Mtawarira (Prop, Cell C Sharks), 105, 10 – 2t0
Sikhumbuzo Notshe (No 8, DHL Western Province), 4, 00
RG Snyman (Lock, Vodacom Blue Bulls), 6, 00
Marco van Staden (Flanker, Vodacom Blue Bulls), 1, 0
Warren Whiteley (No 8, Xerox Golden Lions), 21, 15 – 3t

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


  • Rassie sure isn’t afraid to make changes to his squad. I feel for Thomas, he hasn’t played badly at all for the Boks.

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.09.18 18:31:53 by StevieS Reply
  • @StevieS (Comment 1) : Still not bad getting Koch back. Don’t know about his choice to include Ruhan Nel though.

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.09.18 06:25:27 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 2) : But where does that leave Thomas? Malherebe, Louw, Kock,Nyakane,Thomas. That’s a bit rubbish when you consider that he would most likely have been third choice LH.

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.09.18 08:56:34 by Byron Wright Reply

  • Don’t you guys think Rassie is casting the net and communicating his plans to those not in this particular squad? I think he is…

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.09.18 08:59:21 by pastorshark Reply
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  • We seem to be well stocked up on tight-head. What about loose-head?

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.09.18 09:04:04 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 5) : Thats the thing it seem now that Thomas will need to move back to the LH. How can you ask the provinces to work with you and buy into your plans if they change all the time. Was it worth it for Thomas or the Sharks to play him at 3 and to be honest hurt our Super rugby chances while he learnt if he was going to be replaced by an overseas player anyway?

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.09.18 09:16:32 by Byron Wright Reply

  • @pastorshark (Comment 4) : I just think he is battling hard to find guys with a Western province connection,no matter how long ago or how tenuous.
    How can you bring in Koch for Thomas who has hardly put a foot wrong, that is as bullshit a selection as washed up Britz,hell man expect to see De Jongh and the midget with the big helmet can’t for the life of me remember his name he wore more skateboard padding tjh an Earl Rose.

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.09.18 13:25:56 by The hound Reply
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  • Nel is also a strange one, although Ido rate him, he’s the guy who won the CurrieCup for them last year, but has hardly done enough for Bok selection.don’t think he was even first choice for Stormers in Currie Cup.

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.09.18 13:37:51 by The hound Reply
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  • @Byron Wright (Comment 6) : I am no front row expert, but it seems a player has to settle into either loose head or tight head. Having a guy play either is not going to work at test level.

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.09.18 15:44:59 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @StevieS (Comment 1) : I wouldnt read too much into it just yet. I think Rassie would rather have Thomas playing 80 minutes in a Currie cup match than 5 minutes off the bench. The guy is available within 5 minutes.

    You need 3 tightheads to go to a world cup!

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.09.18 16:39:31 by byron Reply

  • @byron (Comment 10) : Rassie is now considering 5 tight heads in total: Malherbe, Louw, Koch, Nyakane and Thomas and 2 loose heads in Ginger and Beast. Unless he wants Nyakane and Thomas to go back to loose head that equation looks a bit unbalanced.

    Agreed – it is better though for Thomas to play rather than hold tackle bags

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.09.18 17:02:51 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @pastorshark (Comment 4) : Ja I think we forget he has very little time to cast a net that should have been cast a long time ago instead of relying on something that hasn’t worked till now.

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.09.18 18:07:23 by coolfusion Reply

  • I say discount them, make them fight harder they will become better. We may end up with the tougher harder stronger Thomas and Akker.

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.09.18 19:00:17 by coolfusion Reply

  • @The hound (Comment 7) : well I’m glad for the Sharks as Thomas was huge on Saturday!!! But I feel for him as a player as he deserves to be in Bok squad!!!

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.09.18 19:06:31 by JD Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 7) : Do you mean Gio Aplon? Look, I hear you…some strange decisions (top of the list being Britz)…but I do think that Rassie is purposefully casting his net wide…and I’m happy to let him…
    I just hope he is communicating well with all of these players…

  • Comment 15, posted at 27.09.18 13:21:56 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 15) : Look I wouldn’t mind if he was casting his net widely, but so far it doesn’t stretch further than Stellenbosch from Newlands.
    I see now Nel has been released to play against the Sharks,lets see if Andre plays on Saturday or if he just does change room duty to keep him away from the Stormers.
    Speaking of which in the spirit of unbiased officiating we once again have the 99 Stormers caps wing running the touch linen one side and another aspiring W.P ref on the other side ably supported by the completely neutral WP. stalwart Sean,”you may award the draaai” Veldsman.
    So by my calculations Sharks start off 20 points and at least one yellow card down at kick off.

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.09.18 13:55:43 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 16) : Agreed Rassie’s net spends most of its time in cape waters.

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.09.18 14:49:41 by Byron Wright Reply

  • If Rassie doesnt have the belief to start guys like Papier/Willemse/ Van Staden etc at home he never will before the RWC unless injuries force his hand.

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.09.18 14:57:51 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 18) : We need a backup for Faf that the coach will actually trust to play if Faf cries off with an injury or have one of his occasional meltdowns.

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.09.18 15:22:48 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 19) : Maybe Rassie can convince Rickie Januarie to come out of retirement, that was the last half decent Province scrum half

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.09.18 15:26:02 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 20) : Don’t think he’s retired.

  • Comment 21, posted at 27.09.18 15:29:40 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 21) : Though he does have the physique of a retired athlete. 😈

  • Comment 22, posted at 27.09.18 15:31:01 by McLovin Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 19) : Agree. No use picking guys in these squads if they arent going to be played. Schalk Brits must be having a great time…talk about a passenger. I have no problem with guys like Papier/Willemse/Van Staden…but i want to see them play to see if they up to it.

  • Comment 23, posted at 27.09.18 16:03:19 by SheldonK Reply

  • @The hound (Comment 20) : @McLovin (Comment 22) : well to be honest on Saturday Groom looked a lot better than Ross so maybe can select him as he has some WP links 😈

  • Comment 24, posted at 27.09.18 21:46:03 by JD Reply
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