Boks to face formidable French

2010-06-08 10:44

Cape Town - France coach Marc Lievremont on Tuesday called up Biarritz flank Wenceslas Lauret to make his debut against the Springboks in Saturday's Test at Newlands.

Lievremont said Lauret's presence would help to contain the intensity which the South African loose forwards brings to the match.

"The Springboks have a great backrow, a very balanced one with capable runners and tacklers," said Lievremont.

"The Springboks' play revolves around their back row and Lauret has shown he deserves his place in the national team."

In much the same vein as South Africa supplied the teams for the 2010 Super 14 final, two French teams Biarritz Toulouse reached the 2010 Heineken Cup final a fortnight ago. Lievremont believes this will instill great confidence in the ranks of the team ahead of Newlands match.

"Our plan is to play complete rugby, not just kicking up-and-unders," said Lievremont.

"We will feel less pressure than when last we met and the fact two French teams played in the (Heineken) final means our players will be much more comfortable and confident in what they do."

The Springboks will be without their king pin scrumhalf Fourie du Preez, but Lievremont said he did not expect the Springboks to suffer any disruption.

"Whoever the Springboks chose to replace him (Fourie) will be just as good. It's not something the Springboks will be concerned about," said Lievremont.


South Africa



15. Clement Poitrenaud (Toulouse), 14. Vincent Clerc (Toulouse), 13. David Marty (Perpignan), 12. Maxime Mermoz (Perpignan), 11. Aurelien Rougerie (Clermont), 10. Francois Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), 9. Morgan Parra (Clermont), 8. Julien Bonnaire (Clermont), 7. Wenceslas Lauret (Biarritz), 6. Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse, captain), 5. Romain Millo-Chluski (Toulouse), 4. Lionel Nallet (Racing-Metro), 3. Nicolas Mas (Perpignan), 2. Dimitri Szarzewski (Stade Francais), 1. Thomas Domingo (Clermont)

Substitutes: 16. Guilhem Guirado (Perpignan), 17. Jean-Baptiste Poux (Toulouse), 18. Julien Pierre (Clermont), 19. Louis Picamoles (Toulouse), 20. Dimitri Yachvili (Biarritz), 21. David Skrela (Toulouse), 22. Marc Andreu (Castres)


  • Staalburgher - 2010-06-08 11:02

    Lievremont is a muppet. No one is as good as du Preez. It will definitely weaken our team. I still favour us to win though - obviously.

  • @lievremont - 2010-06-08 11:20

    If you dont win this test, u will be the worst French coach EVER. I'm French and these Boks is one of the most average sides the last few years. Their one prop B Botha is totally of the boil and we could actually for once destroy the Boks in the scrums like Wales did Saturday. Also the one guy who know how we play Francois Steyn is out of contention (huge mistake) and so Lievremont we can wallop them by at least 15 points.

  • Bokkefan - 2010-06-08 11:38

    This is gonna be a big game, they are gonna do what they did during the EYOT, take it right to us and try and bash their way through! Some big guys and strong runners!

  • BALSAK(alias Blue Bul Hater) - 2010-06-08 11:45

    If the following team is selected we'll win this game, if NOT we'll have a TOUGH day at the OFFICE 1. Guthro 2. Smith 3. BJ 4. Danie 5. Victor 6. Burger 7. Louw 8. Spies 9. Ricky 10. Morne 11. Habana 12. De Villiers 13. Fourie 14. Gio 15 . Ruaan Pienaar 16. De Jongh 17. Basson 18. Jannie 19. Flip 20. Dewaldt 21. Kanko 22. CHIELIE???

  • Bullpeanut - 2010-06-08 11:49

    Good team, but I honestly can't take a French side without Sebastien Chabal too seriously... is he perhaps injured? Also, are we going to get a Franco-rastafarian dopehead to sing the La Marseillaise? Go Bokke!!

  • Al - 2010-06-08 12:10

    @Bullpeanut... "but I honestly can't take a French side without Sebastien Chabal too seriously..." YOU SERIOUS? The guy is the most overrated player in France and has been out of form for the last season or two. We'd better take this side seriously - otherwise we're in for as long, tiring afternoon at Newlands on Saturday.

  • Stormers Bef*k - 2010-06-08 12:14

    hey balsak, i must be honest i like your team but i do think there will be 2 changes to your team. the first will be no.7, i think they he will play potgieter even though i think louw will be the better bet and he is obviously going to play that idiot zane from the bulls at 15! the only change i would like to see in your side is basson on the wing in place of gio, he showed alot of promise when he came on the field against wales and we all saw how gio struggled against the high ball in the super 14 final and that is where basson is very strong. i'm sure all the other international coaches saw it as well! i will be at newlands on sat shouting for the bokke no matter who he picks!

  • EDENVALE YO - 2010-06-08 12:27

    If you comment on rugby news walls then you must be a t***! Vale for life yo!

  • Weepee - 2010-06-08 12:43

    Strong side and a lot is going to depend on the side we pick. Players in the starting lineup must include Bakkies, DeJonge, Pienaar (scrumhalf), Burger, Spies, Habana, Matfield. All are in-form with the exception of perhaps Bakkies but I'd play him to give us a bit of a hard edge in the opening 20 minutes. Rossouw to come on a bit later. The Frogs seem to think they are going to be able to bully us a bit up front after watching the Wales game. They are in for a big surprise.

  • patrick - 2010-06-08 12:47

    If the Welsh game was anything to go by, I think we are in a lot of trouble come Saturday!

  • Bring it on! - 2010-06-08 12:57

    With Kirchner and Januarie in the starting line-up we will surely loose this test. The French cannot be THAT k@* can they? People think that because she BB and Stormers played in the S14 final we are unbeatable...yeah right! No team spirit in the Bok team. Look at the test against Wales after de Jongh scored that brilliant try. Only WP players and Ruaan that congratulates him. First to give him a high 5 was Aplon and January...both black players. The BB can say what they like they divide the Bokteam as they did in 1999 with Joost “anti-WP” as the leader. Take Spies (no skills) true to the WC in 2011 and we will not win it. You need a no 8 with skills. He will be nowhere (again) on Saturday seeing that our pack will go back AGAIN. Ruan at 9 for Saturday. Move Jaque Fourie to the wing, de Jongh to 13 (his favourite position) with either Olivier or Juan de Villiers at 12.John Smit should actually be ashamed of himself to wear the Bok jersey seeing that he is not even the 3rd best hooker in SA. BUT why should he hand over his jersey to ChilliBOY who is not even between the top 10 hookers in SA! So JS hang on to it mate!

  • Bulls fan forever - 2010-06-08 13:09

    @Weepee. Bakkies is still suspended. You WP/Stormers fans are embarrassing! @ Ballas. Gio at 15....ha ha ha, is it April already! BJ is a poor scrummer, only good enough at provincial level! Also Potgieter will play, not Louw (benched). The real team to start: Zane Kirchner, Gio Aplon/Bjorn Basson (noth equally crap), Jaque Fourie, Wynand Olivier, Bryan Habana, Morne Steyn, Ruan Pienaar, Pierre Spies, Dewald Potgieter, Schalk Burger, Danie Rossouw, Victor Matfield, BJ Botha (sigh!), John Smit (captain), Gurthro Steenkamp

  • BRING BACK THE ROSE! - 2010-06-08 13:15

    Earl is the answer to our problems! Matfield at 13 Spies at 14.

  • Pete - 2010-06-08 13:15

    @Patrick wake up boet....Team that win Tri-Nations and performed good last year and suddenly we in deep trouble. Super 14 winners and runners up!!! Whats wrong with you? Don't be such a pessimist. We have got a great team!!!!

  • Bad Anthems - 2010-06-08 14:03

    I think the biggest concern should be - who is going to sing the anthems? Maybe we should find one of the Idols first round losers to come and sing La Marseillaise!

  • Bad Anthems - 2010-06-08 14:04

    I think the biggest concern should be - who is going to sing the anthems? Maybe we should find one of the Idols first round losers to come and sing La Marseillaise!

  • THE MAN - 2010-06-08 14:07

    where are all the true african players??? the demographics dicate 10 true africans to one western african, so we are missing at least 14 true african players in this team....the sooner we are in charge of this sport the better as certain people dont seem to be doing their job right...the only sport administration implementing the quota system correctly is SAFA, BAFANA BAFANA is a great example of african pride and the way things are supposed to be according to out demographics

  • jaco - 2010-06-08 14:12

    i think this is the best chance the French has to win ever here - 35% scrumhalf, not on the boil at all - front row very average - nr 12 only breaks inside, never pass - nr 14 as light as a feather - no nr 15 - nr 11 cant defend at all only tries to intercept all - nr 10 can only kick no clue what a flyhalf must actually do - nr 5 wants to play centre - nr 4 just wants to fight - nr 6 will be yellow carded in 5 minutes - dont know nr 7 - nr 8 must be a body builder - nr 13 atually deserves his spot - oh my goodness!!

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  • Vusi - 2010-06-08 14:32

    We`re going to kick butt, remember Pienaar can always come on if Januarie plys badly - bokke !

  • LOUISE - 2010-06-08 15:31

    Come-on you Guys - Heavens give the Boks some support! Where is the togetherness - Stop this negativity! - Be and Think Positive. Have you ever stopped to think that they give their all and their Best to play not only for themselves but for us (The Fans) and their Country ... so give them the boost that they deserve, De Viliers is doing a Fine Job. I say the BOKS will Win - it is not often that they have let us down! and they are not going to now! Up the BOKS!!!!!! Cheers!!

  • skywalker - 2010-06-08 15:54

    Formidable French against hapless,handicapped Boks.

  • Burgiesburnin - 2010-06-08 16:21

    At least in this game the French are allowed to used hands to score. Come on South Africa, the country needs a win!!! Cant count on cricket as usual and Bafana may be brave but just not good enough.

  • @THE MAN (Wen Provinsie) - 2010-06-08 18:39

    I fully agree - soccer implemented the quota system correctly. That is why the useless bunch of players are correctly called Banana Banana. At least the ANC does not have to 'Buy" a spot for the Springboks in the next world cup. The only way the fucking useless soccer team could ever participate in a world cup is to have it in South Africa. The Banana Banana team is useless, utterly useless.

  • alex - 2010-06-10 09:46

    allez les bleus we will win saturday...good african team but we are the best actually.

  • Lefty@alex - 2010-06-10 10:45

    You must be joking boet ! The Boks by 18 !! Sorry for the froggies , this time you are in our african back yard , and you will recieve back what you dealt end of our season 2009 .

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