Louw in from the cold for RWC?

2011-08-22 16:15

Johannesburg - Flank Francois Louw could be a surprise inclusion in South Africa's Rugby World Cup squad to be named on Tuesday.

Named in a preliminary 49-strong Springbok squad two months ago, Louw was injured, quit Western Province for English club Bath and disappeared off the World Cup radar.

But the need to cover outstanding but injury-prone open-side loose forward Heinrich Brussow has forced coach Peter de Villiers to reconsider 26-year-old Louw.

Most squad speculation ahead of the night-time squad announcement at a studio of satellite sports channel SuperSport centres on the back-up lock and the final piece of the loose-forwards jigsaw.

Long-serving Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha are the first-choice locks with Johann Muller from Irish province Ulster and Gerhard Mostert of Paris-based Stade Francais seeking a back-up role.

Pundits believe Muller has the edge although Mostert impressed last month on Tri-Nations duty in New Zealand, where the World Cup will be staged during September and October.

Brussow, Schalk Burger, Willem Alberts, play-anywhere Danie Rossouw and eighthman Pierre Spies should get back-row slots, leaving one vacancy.

Louw, livewire Ashley Johnson and hard-man Jean Deysel, another to do well on a Tri-Nations tour of Australia and New Zealand where many reputations slumped, appear the chief contenders.

The choice of backs seems more obvious although Ruan Pienaar, who can operate at fly- or scrumhalf, should consider himself fortunate to be in contention after a poor Tri-Nations away leg.

Young Patrick Lambie, who can play at fullback, centre or flyhalf, injured his shoulder in a win over a virtual New Zealand 'B' team last Saturday and his withdrawal would be a major blow.

Flair has become a collectors' item in a Springbok backline which failed to score even one try in home Tri-Nations Tests against the Wallabies and All Blacks.

Unlike many team-mates who try to go through rather than round an opponent, Lambie possesses abundant flair and is also a good goal kicker.

The squad is likely to contain 12 of the starting line-up in the 2007 World Cup final victory over England in Paris with retired Percy Montgomery and Os du Randt and injured Juan Smith the absentees.

Another five of the Cup-winning squad are virtually certain of places on the jet from Johannesburg to Auckland.

Possible Springbok squad:

Backs (14):

Francois Steyn (Racing Metro/FRA), Patrick Lambie (Sharks), JP Pietersen (Sharks), Gio Aplon (Western Province), Jaque Fourie (Province), Jean de Villiers (Province), Juan de Jongh (Province), Bryan Habana (Province), Lwazi Mvovo (Sharks), Morne Steyn (Blue Bulls), Butch James (Golden Lions), Fourie du Preez (Bulls), Francois Hougaard (Bulls), Ruan Pienaar (Ulster/NIR)

Forwards (16):

Tendai 'Beast' Mtawarira (Sharks), Gurthro Steenkamp (Bulls), John Smit (Sharks, capt), Bismarck du Plessis (Sharks), Chiliboy Ralepelle (Bulls), Jannie du Plessis (Sharks), CJ van der Linde (Lions), Bakkies Botha (Bulls), Victor Matfield (Bulls, vice-capt), Johann Muller (Ulster/NIR) or Gerhard Mostert (Stade Francais/FRA), Dannie Rossouw (Bulls), Willem Alberts (Sharks), Schalk Burger (Province), Heinrich Brussow (Free State Cheetahs), Francois Louw (Bath/ENG) or Ashley Johnson (Cheetahs) or Jean Deysel (Sharks), Pierre Spies (Bulls)


  • Bulldozer - 2011-08-22 16:09

    This is a joke, right?

      Joe_Dirt - 2011-08-22 16:21

      Francois is 'n yster!!!!

      Rob Rabbit - 2011-08-22 16:28

      Journos still believe they can influence selection to suit their provincial bias?

      wombles - 2011-08-22 16:46

      JY IS PLANK BOETIE louw deserves to be there ahead of deysel ,rossouw and johnson had vermeulen been fit your sister spies would also be watching the games on telly

      Taetjo - 2011-08-22 18:08

      This is a super rugby player! I would totally put this guy in. He is a player and a half! Take him with PLEASE.

      KING - 2011-08-23 07:27

      Have you all lost your minds! This guy is kak!

      H&P - 2011-08-23 08:47

      @Bulldozer, who would you like ..Stegman... hahahhaah Flow is a class act!

  • Aribs - 2011-08-22 16:11

    Will be well deserved...and we need 2 fetchers in our squad....will be a better inclusion than Johnson or Stegman...

      donkerhond - 2011-08-22 16:30

      Agreed. Flouw is also a pretty strong ball carrier. The man also has an awesome eye when it comes to tackling opponents. Sy oupa sou trots gewees het

      StaalBurgher - 2011-08-22 16:50

      Agreed. I was upset that Louw was not in the mix for the Tri-Nations.

      burtfred - 2011-08-22 19:40

      "we need two fetchers in our squad" One to fetch the bandages and one to fetch the oranges at halftime. If you don't lose the ball by kicking it away, you don't really need a f****ng fetcher, now do you?

      RandomDude - 2011-08-23 04:07

      Louw & Stegman concede to many penalties ( tied for 3rd in 2011 Super Rugby) & Johnson miss to many tackles. I'd pick Schalk Brits (Saracens)

      chappy - 2011-08-23 16:39

      Uh.. randomdude - Brits is a hooker...... We HAVE to have a backup fetcher - it was immediately obvious what an impact a good fetcher has in the AB game last week and with Brossouw's injury history, we have to take backup. Louw is the 2nd best fetcher in SA.

  • Factual Fred - 2011-08-22 16:11

    Excellent choice! Should have been there in the first place.

  • Nick van den berg - 2011-08-22 16:15

    Hys pateties man!

      wombles - 2011-08-22 16:47

      hahah swaap so jy verkies jou ou stegmannetjie rossouw of reverse gear spies

      G@tvol - 2011-08-22 17:47

      Jys 'n pateet jou common Blou Bul ondersteuner!!!!!!!

      RobinHood - 2011-08-22 18:10

      Het Nikki nou NICK geword - Se wie?

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-22 18:48

      Ek stem volkome saam Nick.

      Northern Stormer - 2011-08-22 23:42

      Enigste rede vir sulke dom comments is dat hy arme Stegmann en sy trawante sleg verniel het ens ens ens ens

      RandomDude - 2011-08-23 05:03

      No Northen Stormer , it's because he's tied 3rd, with Stegmann, for the most penalties conceded in 2011 Super Rugby

      Northern Stormer - 2011-08-23 07:34

      @RandomDude - If a fetcher do not give away penalties, then he is not doing his job properly. They live on the edge and always attack the fine line between being within or outside the allowed laws - See McCaw !!!! Only difference is Flow actually made a difference by getting the ball where Stegmann only conceded penalties and made no difference in getting the ball - I will anyday go with Flow !!!!

  • ALL-4-SA - 2011-08-22 16:22

    Deysel should be the biggest contender because he is a runner with the ball so willem alberts wont have to take a beating every match, and he can fetch aswel, he isnt the best fetcher but he does do it. I think Deysel is the best utility forward there and he is the most consistant loose forward out of the three

      Justin - 2011-08-22 18:21

      much agreed

      boyd.lance - 2011-08-23 09:56

      Deysel is brilliant at what he does, but he's currently in direct competition with Willem...and Willem has the edge I'm afraid as he can do the donkey work that a 7 needs to do. If he was a specialist No.8 I would certainly have screamed for him ahead of Spies. As it stands he's surplus to requirements with no decent cover at fetcher. This is the truth boys...the team needs Flouw!

  • Schweet - 2011-08-22 16:23

    I like louw but he has not impressed in international level as he has impressed in S15, he needs to lift his game and be more vissable like heinrich. It's going to be a Big blow if Lambie is out cause when aplon is not in the same level as Lambie ans Steyn. Look at the diffrence in cover defence the last two games. Aplon makes one good tackle a game and misses 5, but everyone only remebers the one tackle he makes. Go Bokke!

      Joe_Dirt - 2011-08-22 16:34

      "Aplon makes one good tackle a game and misses 5.." Don't talk rubbish Schweet

      wombles - 2011-08-22 16:50

      hahaha dude lambie was nowhere on saturday the centres defended on the line no fullback or right wing in sight

      StaalBurgher - 2011-08-22 16:52

      @wombels - Lambie was off within 20 minutes due to injury, you numbnut. He also made a nice play up the right wing. For the little possession we had in that first 20 minutes he contribution was good.

      wombles - 2011-08-22 16:57

      hahaha tappit alluminium blikkie that 1 massive mini break aplon would have been gone boetie he didn't make a single covering tackle during that 20mins fourie x 2 ,habanna coming all the way past lambie from the left and de villiers

      John - 2011-08-22 17:05

      errrrr WRONG! He had one bad game in the few other internationals he played in he was MOM twice. Louw is one of the most highly underrated players in SA. He has been consistently outstanding at S14 and S15 level. he deserves to be in the squad.

  • RobinHood - 2011-08-22 16:34

    What a load of crap - no wonder there is no name to this article - F Louw (Bath/ENG) never in his life will he play for ENG. Give this reporter a flat coke By the way - Louw will be a good inclusion....

      Mike - 2011-08-22 17:11

      @RobinHood, the writer means he plays in Bath, England, just like the guys based in France have FRA behind their clubs name. Read the article first before making stupid comments

  • Samurai Demo - 2011-08-22 16:37

    JUST A FEW THINGS ON MY MIND : please no flip and 'flow' , will jacob zuma hand us the cup this year like mandela and mbeki did? malema in 2015 haha , pray jdv doesnt get injured like 2003 and 2007-that would just be rotten luck , graham henry 4 bok coach post wc lol-if not then mallet or rassie, sa v eng final again!

  • werner.coetzer - 2011-08-22 16:39

    Flou Louw? Hoekom?

      wombles - 2011-08-22 16:53

      hoekom rossouw of wegkruipertjie stegmann deysel haal nie eers sharks span en alberts nie dieselfde nadat duane hom op nuweland plat gehardloop het

      GT - 2011-08-22 16:59

      Cause he is BLOODY GOOD. Massive strength on the ball, excellent defender. I would pick him for the B side. Danie as the lock cover + Alberts on the bench Start with Burger, Brussouw and Spies

      burtfred - 2011-08-22 19:44

      Because he's Francoise Louw F.Louw Flouw Do you gettit now? Dam Duiker.

      werner.coetzer - 2011-08-23 09:20

      @burtfred - Jy's half reg, mar bedoel eintlik omdat hy highly overrated is, ek verkies selfs die ander Louw (Pieter) bo hom en voordat enige iemand nog n ID10T comment gooi, nee, moenie Stegmann voor my noem nie, hy kan nie eers koffie McDonalds fetch nie. Sou feel eerder nog n lynbreker of spoed inspuiting kies. Iemand selfs soos Daniel. As Bismarck op die veld is het mens in elkgeval nog n fetcher, so kan liewer ekstra spoed vir die breek saam met die agterlyn skep.

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-08-22 16:57

    Ok: as it is: Louw is not Heinrich Brussow - no-one is. Louw however, is more than competent.(whether you chaps like it or not, he did form part of a very successful Stormer loose trio) Brussow being injury prone, should NOT be played against Fiji or Samoa - seriously. So a chap like Louw makes sense in games like that. He CAN fetch and he is great on defense (knows the systems) He was IMHO unfairly blamed and copped the flack for an ALL OVER woeful and cr@p team performance in NZ last year, after he performed really well in the previous tests. I am not saying he MUST be included - but it would make some sort of sense. He is no worse than any of the other loosies mentioned - that is for sure. What might swing it his way is his defensive skill - which does seem to be the primary focus at this stage (like it or not - we are not going to be an attacking team, and it's too late to even try it - so defense is our 'weapon' at this stage - and it makes sense to use the best defensive players)

      RandomDude - 2011-08-23 05:30

      I mostly agree , great defender and better than Stegmann, Johnson or Deysel . The problem with Louw is that he leaks penalties, BIG time. They should dump Stegmann ( also leaks penalties ) , Jonhson (not a good defender) , and Deysel ( one trick pony) and call up Schalk Brits , get more X factor in team.

      Hannes van der Linde - 2011-08-23 09:41

      Didn't Louw get man of the match in the first two encounters as well last year?

  • Stompies - 2011-08-22 16:57

    Yster se gat!

  • flat bier - 2011-08-22 17:31

    Lets be honest, in South Africa if you have 3 people applying for a job and one is black, who will get the job?

      JitteKerl - 2011-08-22 17:41

      Lets be honest, at the World Cup if you have 3 southern hemisphere teams contesting for the cup and one is All Blacks, who will win the cup?

      Mike - 2011-08-22 19:22

      @JitteKerl...In 2007 people were saying the same thing and it turned out like this : 1st Boks 2nd England 3rd Argentina and 4th France. The Argies beat France, the host twice, and we know what France did to the All Blacks (flash back to 1999). I am glad you to know how easy it is to pick the winner, I must confess I am not that clever

  • G@tvol - 2011-08-22 17:54

    Eerder Louw as "Pretoria-Wes Special Stegman" of "Takhaar Kwota Johnson"!

  • Raymond - 2011-08-22 20:18

    Where is in-form Keegan Daniels????

      Lance - 2011-08-23 13:15

      Daniels is a great impact player. Truth is there are many good loose forwards and at the end of the day, the guys that carry the most muscle will always be at the top of the pile come selection time.

  • Kenneth - 2011-08-22 20:47

    Not Dannie Rossouw please leave him at home.

  • Rob - 2011-08-22 20:53

    drop spies en vat louw en deysel eerder saam

      RandomDude - 2011-08-23 05:51

      Why ? Spies is good in defense and attack ( tied with louw on number of tackles made in 2011 Super Rugby ) .. he might not be scoring tries like in the day but he draws defenders and he doesn't give up penalties.

  • BardofAvon - 2011-08-22 21:50

    @ the Writer: "Flair" does not win cups. May I introduce you to the one-dimensional Bulls' brimming trophy cabinet? Or ask you how many tries were scored in the two Rugby World Cups that South Africa has won? (Clue: It is the same number as the number of Super 10/12/14/15 cups that the Sharks and WP have won, and the number of Rugby World Cups that the All Blacks have won while South Africa was also involved in the tournament. That's right: Zero).

  • Rugganut - 2011-08-23 08:13

    Between Johnson, Deysel and Louw, I like Louw because he has all of his counterpart attributes (apart from Johnson's speed) but in addition, is a good backup to Brussouw's ball poaching (although nowhere near as effective). Between Russouw and the other 2 (Muller and Mostert), I would gamble and leave Russouw at home and take M & M...not convinced of Russouw's abilities anymore. His defense is woeful and this is the basis of our RWC campaign!!

  • Vuzi - 2011-08-23 14:21

    Put Jonathan Mokuena in!!!

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