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Boks may boost Currie Cup

2011-10-05 14:14

Cape Town - While the Springboks remain on course to become the first team to successfully defend the Webb Ellis Cup, the local scene is hotting up as well with the Currie Cup approaching its own playoff stage.

The final of the Currie Cup takes place on October 29, one week after the conclusion of the Rugby World Cup final in Auckland. If the Springboks are to go on to feature in that match, they will in all likelihood not be available to represent their respective provinces the following week, should they have reached the Currie Cup final.

However, there is the notion that if the Wallabies were to advance to the semi-final at the expense of the Boks, that it would add a welcome boost to the currently 'Bok-less' Currie Cup heading into the business end of the season.

According to Wednesday’s Die Burger, SARU commerical manager Andy Marinos stated that should the Boks endure an early elimination, they will be available for their provincial teams immediately without needing to rest, as they would be playing during the same period of time if they were still in New Zealand.

One team which has been reeling after the departure of players to the Bok squad, combined with the growing list of injuries, is Western Province.

Province have eight of their players in the Springbok squad in New Zealand and have already lost 20 players this season through injury.

Should they make it to the Currie Cup semi-finals, the early eliminated Boks will be motivated by the fact that they will have some glory to play for, albeit in consolation to the biggest prize in world rugby.

Although he would welcome back his Boks with open arms, Western Province coach, Allister Coetzee does not expect them any time soon.

“I think we (South Africa) are well on course (to defend the World Cup). We are winning tough matches and there is really no reason why we cannot make it.”

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Comments
  • Ya Beauty! - 2011-10-05 14:32

    Who care about the currie cup when they is a world cup to win.....?Go Boks......

      BlouBallas - 2011-10-05 15:16

      Is jy n WP supporter? Jy weet daar is geen hoop nie.

      Gielie44 - 2011-10-05 17:37

      O Shit wat gaan die Bulls maak - hulle het net plek vir nog 6 Bokke dan is die kwota vol !!!

      Jeandré - 2011-10-06 07:27

      Sharrap man! Curry Cup is awesome!!! HOEKACHAKACHEEEEETTTTAAAAAHHHHSSSSSS!!!!!

      Northern Stormer - 2011-10-06 18:18

      @Gielie44 - They need that extra 6 Boks to help them staying above the Southern Kings mate - Bring them back we need a Bulls team that can compete again - please please !! We know it won't be Bakkies,Matfield and Du Preez - then bring Steyn, Hougaard, Kirchner, Rossouw en Spies back - won't help - they are all useless except Hougaard & Rossouw !!!!

  • Contemplate - 2011-10-05 14:33

    I'm sure we would all rather have the Springboks UNAVAILABLE for Currie Cup participation due to WORLD CUP commitments. Eish. Kinda silly article.

      rugby_guru - 2011-10-05 15:47

      bwahha, what a pathetic article! honestly, wouldn't it be comon sense if we never made it? PATHETIC... Boks to take title, screw currie cup, first year I don't care about it.

  • Anneleen - 2011-10-05 14:45

    ...Currie Cup vs World Cup...bring home the William Webb Ellis, Bokke!

      Gielie44 - 2011-10-05 17:39

      Daar praat jy nou van iets wat na n bargain klink - GO BOKKE !!!

      Anneleen - 2011-10-06 08:41

      @Gielie44...o ja, Bokke, gaan haal die beker en maak dit weer staan in SA...go Bokke!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kris - 2011-10-05 15:03

    yeah, this is a pretty stupid article... I don't want any boks back to play currie cup rugby, BECAUSE I WANT US TO GET THE WORLD CUP! so yeah...

  • Tools1 - 2011-10-05 15:03

    WTF Come on news24 if we lose to Aus im going to bite my wrists off.

      Maori - 2011-10-05 15:10

      hahahahahhahaaha - even the sport writers predict the possibility of an early exist - not very confident of hoe?

      Pieter - 2011-10-05 15:46

      Start biting

  • Zullie - 2011-10-05 15:05

    This is a change from the original announcement! IT IS NOT FAIR ON THE GUYS THAT HAVE TAKEN THEIR PROVINCES THROUGH TO THE PLAYOFF'S - LEAVE THE SPRINGBOKS OUT OF THE CURRIE CUP THIS YEAR. Next year a different story. Despite some unfortunate injuries in some provinces, the players and coaches have done a GREAT job in keeping the interest up with the currie cup - well done guys - SA rugby will benefit from this hugely. GO BOKKE (bring the cup home)! GO SHARKS!

      Weepee - 2011-10-05 15:34

      There's a laugh for you. The Sharks have (i'm under correction) 8 boks in their CC side with a marginal injury list. Versus WP with one bok (Jantjes) plus 20 injured players. OF COURSE YOU WANT TO KEEP IT AS IS!

      Zullie - 2011-10-05 16:19

      Hey Weepee, I was actually thinking about the competition as a whole, but I suppose yiu have a right to think I am biased towards the Sharks. My Sharks have been playing so badly lately, maybe I would have rather pushed for the boks to come back? Think about that.

  • BlouBallas - 2011-10-05 15:17

    Die Blesbokke kom Sondag huistoe, so hulle kan Currie cup speel.

  • BulvanBulle - 2011-10-05 15:37

    Imagine that, then there's about 50 Boks returning to the Bulls camp. So Bulls A, B, C and D will be back

      BlouBallas - 2011-10-05 15:43

      Oom Pine gaan al 50 se name in n hoed gooi en dan trek om te besluit wie moet die cup gaan wen.

  • boelaman - 2011-10-05 17:01

    As I said last year. Leave the Boks out of the Currie Cup after returning from the Tri Nations (now the World Cup). The current boytjies playing should sort it out between themselves.

  • Blikskottel - 2011-10-05 18:13

    The William Web Ellis trophy is to world rugby what the Currie Cup is to local rugby - only bigger. It provides extreme bragging rights to the winners and the winner goes down in history ad infinitum. The boks must focus on winning the World Cup and forget about the Currie Cup - the local players are taking care of that!!

  • Thomas - 2011-10-06 15:18

    Hopefully this is theoretical - Boks CAN go all the way. However, if Boks do return then they must be picked. No place for sentiment when it comes to winning the Currie Cup. Too much at stake that includes pride and money. Bragging rights also important as WP fans still on about having won the Currie Cup more times than the Bulls despite, prior to the existence of the Bulls, only playing against Boland, Griquas and Hottentot's Holland.

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