Smith to lead Boks

2010-11-28 18:43

London - Vodacom Cheetahs flanker Juan Smith was on Sunday named as captain of the Springbok squad for Saturday’s season-ending finale against the Barbarians at Twickenham.

Smith assumes the captaincy from Victor Matfield, who was one of seven players released as the squad was reduced to 23 players.

Matfield and Jean de Villiers were both injured in the 21-11 victory over England on Saturday, and they are joined by five other players in returning to South Africa. Matfield suffered a rib cartilage injury while De Villiers has a mild groin strain.

Frans Steyn (Racing Metro) and Ruan Pienaar (Ulster) return to their European clubs as Saturday’s match falls outside the November international window. The Vodacom Blue Bulls trio of Pierre Spies, Morné Steyn and Deon Stegmann have also been released to return to South Africa.

The Springbok team for the match will be named on Wednesday.

The Springbok squad for the match against the Barbarians is:

Backs: Gio Aplon, Francois Hougaard, Adi Jacobs, Elton Jantjies, Zane Kirchner, Patrick Lambie, Charl McLeod, Lwazi Mvovo, Odwa Ndungane.

Forwards: Willem Alberts, Bakkies Botha, Keegan Daniel, Jannie du Plessis, Bismarck du Plessis, Alistair Hargreaves, Ryan Kankowski, Bandise Maku, Tendai Mtawarira, Coenie Oosthuizen, Juan Smith (captain), Adriaan Strauss, CJ van der Linde, Flip van der Merwe.



  • Vark - 2010-11-28 19:29

    This is going to be an interesting team. Better captain. No Steggie Slegman and no Jakob Regop at flyhalf.

      Henk - 2010-11-28 20:23

      Vark, jy het duidelik nie 'n clue waaroor rugby gaan nie !!! Idiot !!

      Dan - 2010-11-28 21:09

      Dink jy moet dalk eerder luister na wat die wêreld se top spelers en coaches te sê het en minder vir jou vrou luister. Twit!

      mike - 2010-11-28 22:27

      Your ignorance is astounding..

      Manie - 2010-11-28 22:50

      Vark , bly om te sien nog een wat weet waaroor rugby gaan. Juan moes van die begin van die toer die kaptein gewees. Een van die funksies van 'n kaptein op die veld is om vinnig te kan dink, wat duidelik op die toer nie plaasgevind het nie. Dit het Bismarck en Willem Alberts gedoen, en die punte was op die bord.

      Johnny - 2010-11-29 16:08

      Vark, jy is net soos PDV... .......Jy het ook nie nie 'n flippen clue nie... ......Dalk jaloers op die Bulle ..?? ....Victorious Matfield is by verre 'n beter kaptein as kwota John Smit..!! ....John Smit en PDV het ons die 3 Nasies laat verloor...!! ....en kwota Bryan Banana en kwota Rickie Januarie...

      Henry - 2010-11-29 20:41

      Johnny....lang dag dalk gewees? Juan Smith en John Smit is twee verskillende mense.

      randalllakay - 2010-11-30 14:18

      right on the money varkie dont listen to the "right whingers" ... this is a solid team and win or lose i'll be in front of the box shouting for the boks not listening to these boces"...

  • luciano - 2010-11-28 20:17

    15 Gio Aplon 14 Odwa Ndungane 13 Zane Kirchner 12 Adi Jacobs 11 Lwazi Mvovo 10 Patrick Lambie 9 Francois Hougaard 8 Ryan kankowski 7 Jaun Smith Capt 6 Keegan Daniels 5 Alistar Hargreaves 4 Bakkies Botha 3 Jannie Du Plessis 2 Bismarck Du plessis/ Adrian Strauss 1 Tendai Mtawarira 16 Elton Janties 17 Charl Macloed 18 Williem Alberts 19 Flip Van Der merwe 20 Coenie oosthuizen 21 Bandise maku 22Cj Van der Linde

      Hendrik - 2010-11-28 22:12

      is jy gesuip?

      xperdt - 2010-11-28 22:43

      Eina...! die' span gaan groot eina op hulle gatte kry?? sonder die bullers gaan guppieland en poepfontein rond spartel teen die babbas- waardeer die bullers wanner hulle nog daar is!!

      Manie - 2010-11-28 23:00

      Sou graag wou waag met die span. Willem Alberts verdien al lankal om in die beginspan te wees, so ook Flip vd M. Agterlangs sou ek die dam onder die eend uitpluk en 'n rowwe see inskuif. 15 Zane (Al wat oor is) 14 Odwa 13 Adi 12 Aplon 11 Mvovo 10 Lambie 9 McLeod Ek besef dit is manne uit hul posisie, maar hulle is footballers en behoort die ding te kan doen. Werk dit gaan dit heerlik wees om na te kyk.

      ruanroux85 - 2010-11-29 08:13

      Zane???? Ek wens iemand kan raaksien dat hy in dieselfde klas as speler is as wat Pdivvy as coach is...... 15 - G Aplon 14 - O Ndugane 13 - F Hougaard 12 - A Jacobs 11 - L Mvovo 10 - P Lambie 9 - C McLeod

  • FerretGee - 2010-11-28 20:22

    Hmm 23 players, only 22 places in the team! who will be left out? Pity too that it doesnt quailify as a test cap match, especially for the new players!

      stephen.eriksenmiller - 2010-11-28 20:56

      12 Sharks..........maybe they don't think the boys have played enough rugby this year!

      GVA - 2010-11-29 09:28

      @stephen Make all the SHARKS Springboks!! Sharks Forever!!!!

  • mike - 2010-11-28 22:30

    I think they should rest Bismark, they have another 2 hookers on tour. In fact bench Beast, Jannie and Bakkies too. Only bring them on if there are injuries. I don't care if we get thumbed, let the youngsters have a go.

  • Kevin Rack - 2010-11-29 04:32

    Juan is the best player in south africa. What a legend. About time the laaitjies got a run. Watch Jantjies Ooshuizen and Alberts...

  • Preshan - 2010-11-29 07:49

    1.Beast2.Bissy3.Coine4.Flip5.Hargreaves6.Keegan7.Juan8.Kanko9.Charl10.Lambie11.movo12.Adi13.zanie14.odwa15.Aplon 16.Maku17.van linden18.Bakkies19.Alberts20.Hougaard21.Elton22.Jannie

      Timothy - 2010-11-29 09:31

      That team will get thumped !!! U clearly have no clue what's going on in SA rugby or rugby at all .

  • Wow! - 2010-11-29 08:06

    This is an exciting team. Lets take control of the scrum so that we can give these backs a chance to run. This is the one match, that it does not matter if we loose, which means we can throw caution to the wind and run the ball.

  • cajokata - 2010-11-29 08:59

    My personal choice at team for the weekend. 15 Gio Aplon 14 Francois Hougaard 13 Adi Jacobs 12 Patrick Lambie 11 Lwazi Mvovo 10 Elton Jantjies 9 Carl McLeod 8 Willem Alberts 7 Juan Smit 6 Keegan Daniels 5 Alistair Hargreaves 4 Flip van der Merve 3 Coenie Oosthuizen 2 Adriaan Straus 1 CJ van der Linde Ryan Kankowski is reserve ball inflater along with Bandise Maku who will make tea. And the rest of the team is on the bench.

      kurtvs1 - 2010-11-30 19:37

      nice team.

  • Timothy - 2010-11-29 09:41

    1. Beast 2. Bisamrck 3. CJ 4. Bakkies 5. Flip 6. Keegan Daniel 7. Juan Smith 8. Willem Alberts 9. Hougaard 10. Jantjies 11. Mvovo 12. Lambie 13. Zane 14. odwa 15. Gio Bench Should be : Jannie, Bandisa , Hargreaves , Kanko , Strauss, Jacobs, McLeod . Lambie should be given a chance at 1st center because of his play making , and can help Jantjies control the game from that postition . Alberts moving the 8th Man gives him more attacking opportunities than if he were at Flank . Our backs weak points are Jacobs and Kirchener . But then again , with Jacque Fourie and Juan de Jongh missing due to injury these 2 clowns won't be in the team come tri-nations or world cup 2011 .

  • Merle - 2010-11-29 11:10

    Oaky - Let's see - 23 players remian behind and 22 go into the game - who to leave out? How 'bout this selection? 15 Aplon. 14 Ndungane. 13 Hougaard. 12 Jacobs. 11 Mvovo. 10 Lambie. 9 Mc Leod. 8 Alberts. 7 Smith. 6 Daniel. 5 Van der Merwe. 4 Botha. 3 J Du Plessis. 2 B Du Plessis. 1 Beast Mtawarira. Bench - 16 Strauss. 17 Van De Linde. 18 Hargreaves. 19 Kankowski. 20 Oosthuizen. 21 Kirchner. 22 Jantjies. That means Maku will loose out - too many hookers? It will be great to see some combinations working - especially Mc Leod / Lambie. Go Bokke.

  • Claude - 2010-11-29 11:53

    I hope both Patrick Lambie and Elton Jantjies get a starting run even if one of them has to play centre. Keegan Daniels should also be in the starting line-up.

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