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'Being a Bok is an honour'

2009-11-05 22:05

Gerdie Karstens

Kimberley - Tri-Nations victories, Currie Cup titles and rugby honours will be moved to the background as the Springboks focus on going through their European tour unbeaten.

South Africa top the International Rugby Board’s world rankings. However, New Zealand are breathing down their necks and the pressure will be on South Africa to underline their dominance this year with victories in Europe.

“South Africa definitely have the ability to keep their place at the top of the world rankings. They proved that in the Tri-Nations,” said former Springbok flank and captain Corné Krige.

Many experts believe that South Africa will be fatigued and struggle to give their best on tour.

History points to the opposite being the case. South Africa enjoyed successful tours of the Northern Hemisphere in recent years.

In 2007 the Boks won the World Cup and afterwards beat Wales. The world champions also finished their tour to Britain at the end of 2008 unbeaten after beating Wales, Scotland and England.

“You get a little tired from all the rugby, but it’s such an honour to play for the Boks that you always give your best. Every game in a Bok jersey is special,” said Krige.

With the Tri-Nations already in the bag, South Africa will be eager for a clean sweep in the Northern Hemisphere. Coach Peter de Villiers, who has led South Africa to 6 victories and 3 defeats in away games since his appointment in January 2008, will be eyeing more victories.

While they are touring with a relatively young squad, South Africa should have the beating of France, Italy and Ireland.

“It’s a great opportunity for the young players to gain experience with an eye to the World Cup in 2011. The Boks will miss Pierre Spies, but Ashley Johnson has a lot of talent,” said Krige.

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Comments
  • ArtGee - 2009-11-05 22:31

    The statement Corne made is what it is ALL about! Wearing that jersey is an HONOUR!!! This is what is lacking with Bafana Bafana! They only think about the money when they drag that jersey over their shoulders!Think about it!

  • Tommygun - 2009-11-06 03:55

    France and Ireland are going to be very tight games, Italy by at least 20pts.Johnson not ready yet, we will have to do with the experienced loosies in the squad. My worry is at centre where France have big backs and front row where they are very good.Good luck Boks we are right behind you.

  • da da dalema - 2009-11-06 07:53

    If anything the Bokke are our rugby boys however it would be great for the SA population to know how do the up and coming non white rugby players aspire to become a Springbok or would they prefer to play for the Proteas?

  • Whitey - 2009-11-06 08:49

    ...being a quota / affirmative action Bok, ...is NOT an honour... ..it is a shame...

  • Marius - 2009-11-06 09:25

    I agree with Tommygun. If PdV is going to pick Adie Jacobs at no. 12, which seems to be the case, the French backline are going to run all over us. He is probably the the worst defender at centre in Springbok history

  • Jay - 2009-11-06 11:05

    Putting on a Bok jersey used to be honour, because every person to run on the field representing deserved to be on the field, now with so many quotas players who cannot even get a place in their provincial team are touring and will most probably pick up their 1st cap. Its disgraceful and embarrassing!!!

  • Supporter - 2009-11-06 13:51

    The more AA players in the Bok-team, the less I am interested in suporting them. Easy as that. ..More quotas, less support.

  • Mr X - 2009-11-06 14:13

    Friday is not a test match. If we lose it’s no big deal! It won’t even be written in the history books. ITS NOT A TEST MATCH! I’m glad some new talent get a chance to play like Ashley etc.

  • paul - 2009-11-06 14:23

    To all you ou's who are bitching about "token" players and "AA" players... get a life. We have these end of year tours to experiment with depth and rest some of the big guns! Just support your boys no matter what and no matter who plays! I for one am looking forward to an inexperienced side playing tonight. It will be a good indication of what is to come..... Sharks forever!!!

  • S.D.Markantonatos - 2009-11-06 14:35

    'Being a Bok is an honour'? Then why is Rugby Union the only professional sport in the world, where the player’s names are not proudly printed on the Jersey? The players already look like Grand-Prix motors with the sponsor's crap emblazoned all over the jersey... and these sponsors can't find the space or afford to be proud and display the player's names? Or is rugby such an arrogant elitist sport that spectators are just supposed to know? The Chiefs (NZ) were just one of 2 foreign teams to have their names displayed - and then the Blue Bulls in the SA Currie Cup finals... the Cheetahs had their first names cutely printed on the front of the jersey... in 14 point! Seriously! Come SARFU and IRB. You want to make rugby an international sport? Be proud about it and get the Grand-Prix sponsors to spend a few extra Raaant on our world champions' jerseys and on all professional fixtures. SDM

  • @S.D.Markantonatonototnososo - 2009-11-06 15:29

    WTF??? I think you completely misunderstood the article... or maybe you just didn't read it at all. If I understand you correctly, you are saying that it isn't an honour to play for the Boks because their names are not printed on the back of the jerseys. Yep... that make's a lot of sense...

  • BN - 2009-11-06 16:27

    It is absolutely unbelievable how easy we drag race into the issue. By the sounds of it you all like the game - lets for once be a united supportersrgoup as well and forget about race and quotas. If the 2009 team was based on quotas, we did not do to bad

  • Snotklap - 2009-11-06 17:47

    @S.D.Markantonatos Wow, thank you so much for that little gem. I think you owe everyone on this blog an apology as we are all a bit dumber now for reading it.

  • Snotklap - 2009-11-06 18:01

    @ Mr X - If we lose it's no big deal. Are you serious? This isn't Bafana we're talking about, it's the Boks. This is were the whole issue regarding pride comes in. It should never be ok for the Boks to lose. Maybe in 20 years when, God forbid, they are the Proteas this attitute of it's ok when we lose as long as everybody gets a chance might be ok. But not while they are still the Springboks. I'm all for experimenting. But then, if you leave some of the 1st choice players at home, you need to replace them with 2nd choice players. Not 3rd and 4th choice.

  • pdw - 2009-11-07 00:19

    You bullsbois from P-Town should calm down with all the AA. Someone allready pointed out that these tours is an arena for young up-and-comers to stake a claim. Just remember that Doc never played provincial rugby before he became a Bok. I wonder if the Manne stil take a Bokkop on tour - just in case they lose a warmup game? Ja, it's a SA tradition from when a Mauser was stil state of the art! It was just a little thing about Pride and Honour...

  • Provocateur - 2009-11-07 00:52

    And first game up the Leicester second/third string takes the Boks apart in the scrum and wins the game. Strength in depth has now been found out twice this year by Northern teams. Roll on the next match. Italy by 10 or 15 probably.

  • Koos - 2009-11-07 01:34

    Why is Krige quited in any paragraph with the words "honour" in it. He has none, he was a disgrace to SA Rugby, a dirty player that branded SA as dirty, and now good hard players like Bakkies have to suffer the consequences. If you want to hit someone in a game Corne, try hitting the other teams players first, and maybe a bit less in the open, en then go and talk about honour with someone else.

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