Div: Don't write off new Boks

2011-07-10 14:45
Peter de Villiers (File)
Cape Town - Springbok coach Peter de Villiers feels his so-called B-team - who travels to Australasia for the Tri-Nations this week - could spring a few surprises.

Six of the players in the Bok squad have never played Test rugby before, and will get their first taste of international rugby against two of the world's most dangerous sides, New Zealand and Australia.

De Villiers feels these newcomers bring a new energy to the Bok squad and believes they could just show the mighty All Blacks and fleet-footed Wallabies a thing or two.

"For younger players like Bjorn Basson, Patrick Lambie and Ashley Johnson, this is a massive opportunity to prove their worth at a higher level," said De Villiers.

"I'm also very excited to see different props like Werner Kruger and Dean Greyling in action.

De Villiers feels this is an ideal opportunity for these players to stake a claim for a spot in the Springboks' World Cup group.

"There's a good seven, eight or nine spots open in the World Cup team for later this year."

Meanwhile, the SANZAR governing body has said that it is satisfied that South Africa are sending their best available team to Australasia.

This comes after Australia's rugby boss, John O'Neill, complained last week that he believes the Boks are resting their best players for the Tri-Nations.

Altogether 23 Springboks are currently out injured and SANZAR is convinced that all of them are in fact struggling with injuries.

Read more on:    tri-nations  |  peter de villiers  |  cape town


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk
Most Read


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

De Allende's star burns bright
Boks were 'in a dark space'
Pacific island teams singled out for rough tactics?
Ireland favourites but France bullish

Peter de Villiers, Pierre Spies, Butch James and Victor Matfield are all bringing out biographies later this year. Which one are you most looking forward to reading?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


Take a photographical trip down memory lane and remind yourself of how the Springboks fared in their five previous Rugby World Cup campaigns. In addition, pick your all-time Springbok Rugby World Cup Dream Team and you could win R3 000!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.