Bok backs England to win RWC

2011-08-10 15:07

London - Former Springbok hooker Schalk Brits believes that England can win the World Cup if they improve their tactical kicking.

Brits, who played for the Lions and the Stormers, currently plies his trade at English club Saracens, along with several other England internationals.

According to the London Evening Standard Brits believes that combining an improved kicking game with their traditional strengths will give England a good chance of securing their second World Cup title.

"If England can just get their kicking game up to scratch and play in the right areas, they could win this World Cup," Brits is reported as saying on the Evening Standard’s website.

"I really think they've got a chance. Attack isn't such a big deal in the World Cup. Look at previous tournaments: people are scared to take chances, so your kicking game dominates and your defence dominates. England's defence is normally good, even though against Wales it looked shaky. During the Six Nations, the set-pieces were really good, they've got a great scrum and a great 10."

Brits has been capped thrice by the Springboks and but never managed to cement his place in the team. The 30-year-old joined Saracens in 2009 and made an immediate impact with the club, winning the “Players player of the season” in his first season.

The Saracens hooker also said that there was greater technical understanding in English rugby than in South Africa, and that he did not miss the amount of attention he received from fans when he played in his home country.


  • Bulldozer - 2011-08-10 15:14

    Schalk, nou gaan almal jou kruisig en sê jy is n verraaier omdat jy n opinie het.

      Kok - 2011-08-10 15:17

      Hy soek seker 'n wit trui met 'n roos op.

      Logoll - 2011-08-10 17:04

      @kok, you are just living up to your name and showing your ignorance about rugby. He can't play for England as he has already played for South Africa. Once you have played international rugby for a country you cannot play for another country ever again.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-08-10 17:11

      Nope. I happen to agree with Schalk Brits on this one. I have said from the start of the year - England and SA have the forwards to play effective 10 man rugga in the crappy weather and wallop the Kiwis in their own back yard. I stick by that. England will knock the Aussies out once more.....sigh, and we (if all ends the way it is supposed to...) will meet AB's in the other semi and stuff up their latest "Cup of dreams" challenge. Won't be any surprise at all if conservative and boring old SA and England are right up there at the end.

      Logoll - 2011-08-10 17:34

      @saffa-cat, I agree with what you are saying. So many times people have tipped expansive game plans as the one that will win but it never happens. 95 - drop kick wins it in the end. 99 WC, De Beer sinks England with 5 drops, Larkhams long range drop sinks SA, Burke 7 penalties in the final for Aus. 2003 WC Australia drops NZ with 5 penalties both teams only scored one try. England beat Aus in the final with a drop goal. 2007 World Cup England beat Aus again only with penalties, We beat England again in the final only with penalties. Kicking is the key to the world cup. England has made the last two finals my money is on them to again be there or there about come the finals this year. I don't think he is in the best form but we need Steyn there to kick the goals. Lambie is good but he won't win us the cup as his kicking is not as reliable.

      Kleinboet - 2011-08-10 23:47

      Schalk ir reg: skopwerk en verdediging sal die beker huistoe bring! Hierdie wyd speel en aanval ten alle koste is glo die Ausie en NZ spelwyse as ek hulle ondersteuners op hierdie blaaie moet glo; maar dit gaan nie vrugte afwerp nie. Óf hulle is dom, óf hulle wil graag hê ander spanne moet daardie pad volg en in die slaggat trap. Hoop die Springbokspan en hulle afrigters neem kennis van Schalk se tydige wysheid!

  • Bokstar - 2011-08-10 15:16

    It is clear that Schalk Brits is not so good informed about the strength and attacking of the All Blacks. The defence of England will surely not be enough to stop the All Blacks. I am a Boks supporter but we have to be realistic that nothing will stop the All Blacks this year to win the World Cup for the second time in their own country.

      GHT - 2011-08-10 15:45

      Only a fool would write of the All Blacks, but when we meet the All Blacks in the Semi Final, my heart simply will not allow me to bet against the Boks.

      patrickb - 2011-08-10 16:09

      Your heart is safe. We will not make the semi's............

  • Kok - 2011-08-10 15:16

    Didn't he backed Stormers to win S15 aswell. The way England played on Satufday, they can forget about winning the WC.

      Factual Fred - 2011-08-10 15:42

      A black jersey with a rose. At least some decent rugby players will be wearing bl;ack for a change.

  • onmyway - 2011-08-10 15:25

    Well, I believe China or Japan could win the RWC if they improved some aspects of THEIR game:-)

      Reon - 2011-08-10 16:35

      I agree, it just that extra 100% that they are lacking to win the RWC, but with the right coach they can make it.

  • sharkbait - 2011-08-10 15:40

    Seriously? From Schalk saying if England improve in certain area's they 'could' win the WC? What a tabloid style headline, Bok backs England. News24, are you really that desperate for readers?

  • Mao Tse Tung - 2011-08-10 15:49

    If he's their players player for the season, then it makes sense that he thinks they can win the RWC. He obviously hates the fact that he was the same generation as Smit and could not do a Bismarck on Smit(force Smit to fringes both at club and country). English defence will be shredded by Aussie and AB backlines, where have you been Schalk?

      Logoll - 2011-08-10 17:12

      When Schalk Brits played in SA it was pretty much agreed that he should have been second choice behind Smit. However that idiot known as Jake White had issues with him and publicly said that he will personally pay for Schalk Brits to leave the country and go and play somewhere else. Quote from Jake Whtie ""John (Smit) is my captain and my first-choice hooker. Shimmy (Hanyani Shimange) is No 2. My third-choice has to be someone who is positive." Do you remember Shimange where is he now ? He ended he mediocre career at Boland yet Jake White refused to select a good quality player like Brits because of personal issues.

  • Lance - 2011-08-10 16:01

    Clearly sour grapes about not making the Bok cut. Rather say nothing if you have nothing good to say...

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-10 17:42


      GraemeBB - 2011-08-10 20:44

      @Lance - I agree with you. England havent been a force since they won the RWC. England have an outside chance at best.

  • Ikillyou - 2011-08-10 16:12

    Tshepo.thetoet see my name... anytime now boy!

  • FJ2 - 2011-08-10 16:13

    All Blacks will cut them to shreds.

  • Rashe - 2011-08-10 16:13

    what a loada........he doesnt know what he is talking about.England winning the RWC??with the way NZ and even the Wallabies are playing??wishfull thinking...

  • - 2011-08-10 16:22

    Namibia could also win the World Cup if they improved certain aspects of their game !

      Gomez - 2011-08-10 16:32

      Ja nee wragtag!

  • Stompies - 2011-08-10 16:39


  • Logoll - 2011-08-10 17:24

    May I remind all of you of a certain year called 2003. NZ where unbeaten in the Tri-nations, they were tipped as the winners without a doubt of the World Cup, they had King Carlos how could the loose. Well they didn't even make the final and England won, all because of the boot of Wilkinson. Kicking wins the World Cup. Always has.

      Will.Oli4 - 2011-08-11 06:03

      Refering to one of your earlier posts, you can in fact play for more than one country, you have to wait 4years after your last cap for previous country.

  • fireboy - 2011-08-10 20:24

    @JustinD - LOL!

  • Dean - 2011-08-10 22:16

    What a Riot!!What's the odd"s fowl fu--cker?

  • r-u-g-b-y - 2011-08-11 15:12

    For heaven's sake. Who wrote this article? He didn't say he backs England to win the world cup. What was ommited from the article was that he mentioned the favourites for the WC, before going on to say that England could have a chance to win the WC if they improve certain aspects of their game. I wouldn't want to put my name to this article either. Do you have nothing better to write about!

  • rudi.leibbrandt - 2011-08-13 07:25

    "Bok"? Barely.

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