Boks release loose forward duo

2011-08-10 15:25

Durban - Loose forwards Ryan Kankowski (Sharks) and Ashley Johnson (Free State Cheetahs) have been released to play Absa Currie Cup rugby this weekend, having been called up as cover to the Springbok camp in Durban.

The pair were drafted in as a precaution after Pierre Spies (groin) and Danie Rossouw (gastroenteritis), were unable to train on Monday.

Both players had recovered sufficiently to take part in practice on Tuesday and reported no adverse effects on Wednesday and will be available for selection.

Kankowski and Johnson - who were part of the Springbok squad for the away leg of the Castle Tri-Nations - have been freed to return to their provinces as result.

The Springbok team for the Tri-Nations Test against Australia at Mr Price Kings Park will be named on Thursday.


  • Anneleen - 2011-08-10 15:33

    Good to read that Spies and Rossouw have recovered! Go Bokke, Sharks and all the CC teams...!

      Obama Bin Laden - 2011-08-10 16:14

      Speedo Spies should have been dropped. They should have kept Johnson

      Anneleen - 2011-08-10 16:17

      @Obama Bin Laden...with all the re-releasing that is taking place at the moment, you never know... ...but whichever Bok-players fight it out on that Durban rugby-field on Saturday, i'll be there...!!!

      Drewka - 2011-08-10 16:27

      I hope Spies can regain his form. We need something special from him. I'm just so excited to see Butch, F Steyn and du Preez back in the Green and Gold. Its time to show some muscle in the Sharktank.

      Obama Bin Laden - 2011-08-10 17:08

      How can I possibly get so many dislikes for that Spies comment? The guy is a show pony

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-10 17:17


      Obama Bin Laden - 2011-08-10 17:21

      Ag nee Biggest Bull. Is your mom letting you use her laptop again?

      Obama Bin Laden - 2011-08-10 17:45

      @Biggest Bull - I don't want to drag your mom into this. I'm sure she's a really nice guy

      Skiballas - 2011-08-10 20:44

      As if it isn't bad enough seeing Spies's face in the bloody gym everyday, I now have to see him play in the Bok jersey as well :-(

      GraemeBB - 2011-08-10 20:50

      @Biggest Bull - I have always loved Spies, but in the next two matches he must show he is not just good enough, but is hungry enough to be there. I am in his corner 100%, but I want to see him play the kind of rugby that made me like him in the first place.

  • Bulldozer - 2011-08-10 15:33

    It's probably because of their hair.

      Gomez - 2011-08-10 16:18

      Ha!Good one.They have to keep a close eye on Ashly,I think that guy still has a lot to offer.I hope Spies thows Fainga around a little again.Go Bokke!!

      docraven - 2011-08-10 16:58

      thanks mini

  • MB1810 - 2011-08-10 15:36

    Well after the game Kanko had in the Currie Cup this weekend, I wouldn't let him touch the Springbok team with a stick. Pierre "I-was-in-the-gym-the-day-they-taught-tackling" Spies, will just have to do.

      JohnnyBB - 2011-08-10 16:13

      MB1810, ...agree, ...Pierre (Superman) Spies is the best...!! no 8 in the world....

      Travis - 2011-08-10 16:16

      @JohnnyBB...I don't think that Spies is any good on current form. Loads of potential, and can be destructive, but his handling is poor, and so gives over possession after having done the hard yards. I would prefer Kanko or Johnson or Vermuelen in his place.

  • Kok - 2011-08-10 15:38

    Who is paying all these airticket fees?

      Sh@rks Fever - 2011-08-10 16:01

      Kanko lives in Durban so it's a bonus. Johnson has to catch the Greyhound as Bloem doesn't do International flights. Anything outside the Freestate is classed as International. OK just kidding

      FJ2 - 2011-08-10 16:24


      Whoosa - 2011-08-10 17:16

      Do you realy want to open a can of worms regarding this topic? Do you pay tax? o wait, by packing shopping bags at checkers you dont fall in the lowest tax bracket,sorry how stupid of me.

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-10 17:33

      Who's paying your internet access?

  • Maori - 2011-08-10 15:46

    Where is JK? Please, come back!

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-10 17:21

      jk got stuck between the door and the frame while slowly getting out of the closet.

      Obama Bin Laden - 2011-08-10 17:23

      @Biggest Bull - that is the first smart thing you have ever said on this forum.

  • Sh@rks Fever - 2011-08-10 15:56

    Picked, dropped, picked, dropped, picked, dropped and so it goes. Boks have my full support but this is ridiculous. Either select them in the group or don't

  • 420 - 2011-08-10 16:02

    It should be a carbon copy of the team we have seen for years now, with only a few changes... I would choose; Jannie, Bismark, Beast, Bakkies, Victor, Brussouw, Russouw, Alberts, Du Preez, Butch, Habana, JdV, Fourie, Pietersen, F Steyn Smit, Chilli, Mostert, Spies, Hougaard, Steyn, Aplon

      JohnnyBB - 2011-08-10 16:05

      ..John (has-been) Smit will play... ........he is "captain"...

      Sh@rks Fever - 2011-08-10 16:15

      Smit should be player 23 running on the side line and doing for the boks what Helgaard Muller does for the Freestate.

      Travis - 2011-08-10 16:21

      Not a bad team mate. I would also like to see F Steyn have a crack at 12 for 20 minutes. I think that Smit is being given a bit of a hard time at the moment. He is one (few) of the players who did us proud in the first 2 Tri Nations tests

  • swatcoloured - 2011-08-10 16:09

    They had their shot it is time to build up convidence in the CC. Still think the team will be to white. and i mean to Jake white all those guys almost played under him thinking that not that much talent came through the ranks. its a damn shame. but love the boks till death. GO BOKKE GO WWWPPP and lets make the circle bigger.

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-10 16:13

      Yes lets make the circle bigger :)

  • roboman1 - 2011-08-10 16:10

    Damn, I was hoping Ashley would stay out of the CC game against the Lions, as a big Lions fan, it was looking good with the Cheetahs not having Brussow and Johnson. damn damn

      Sh@rks Fever - 2011-08-10 16:18

      Don't worry too much. Lions are rocking at the moment. Worried about us playing them this time round. They should beat the cheetahs by 7/10

  • Sbuda - 2011-08-10 16:16

    While it's understandable that were not part of the initial group to begin with, I still feel PDV is not helping their confidence by "effectively rubbing it in" that they are not good enough for his so called A team. No wonder AJ Venter quit international rugby when Jake called him for his B team. While it's common for coaches all over the world to have their favorites, PDV is simply abusing the privilege. Can't wait for the end of the WC so we can see the back of this man!!!

      Sh@rks Fever - 2011-08-10 16:21

      And perhaps get Alistair coetzee, Heyneke Meyer and perhaps Rassie to take over

      Sbuda - 2011-08-10 16:34

      While I respect Heyneke Meyer, the truth is just like Jake White he has never achieved anything since narrowly winning the Super 14. He's been a director of coaching at Loftus for some time now but if the current display by the Bulls is anything to go by then I wouldn't be so confident.

  • FJ2 - 2011-08-10 16:27

    Should have kept one of them as cover for Spies.

  • Liam - 2011-08-10 16:35

    i want to show u how Springbok management rewards form: 1. 2008 Kanko was S14 player of the year = Spies Bok no.8 2. 2008 Kockott voted best SA scrumhalf in S14 = Ricky Januarie for Bok scrummy (du Preez injured) 3. 2010 Ricky Januarie 2nd choice Stormers scrumhalf = Bok scrumhalf 4. 2011 Sarel Pretorius top scrummy = not even a bok call up 5. 2011 Duane Vermeulen top no.8 in S15 = no Bok call up btw if any1 has any doubts about Kanko at test level then ask urself this: - has he ever played at no.8 for the Boks with a full strength team = NO Another interesting fact: - Springboks never lost a match with Pienaar at flyhalf (despite goalkicking problems) AND last but not least: - Habana scored 30 tries in first 3 years of career, and 8 tries in past 3 years.............

      Deon - 2011-08-10 16:45

      Duane is out with a operation, he can not play even if he wanted. Besides he's to slow for international Rugga . Kanko and Wynand are good cc /S14 players

      mycentswrth - 2011-08-10 17:57

      Spot on. Sarel Pretorius is the type of player that we need. His unpredictable, pops up every where, opens the game, is a handfull for the opposition. He has 100% more positves than the occasional missed tackle (at least his there). If the missed tackles is an issue, then only Duane and Aplon should be bokke.

  • Rob Rabbit - 2011-08-10 16:44

    Spies and Rossouw as loosies - the Aussies must be worried - Not methinks - they probably think Santa has arrived early.

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-10 17:22

      That's your opinion. Spies is KING

  • BiggestBull - 2011-08-10 17:16


  • BiggestBull - 2011-08-10 17:18

    NO OBAMA, the only show pony is you!

      Obama Bin Laden - 2011-08-10 17:24

      I'm more of a fiend and a villain

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-10 17:32

      Can we be friends?

      Obama Bin Laden - 2011-08-10 17:46

      We can be arch-villains

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-10 20:05

      You sound like Achmed.

      Obama Bin Laden - 2011-08-10 22:45

      Achmed looks under his bed at night to make sure Obama Bin Laden isn't there

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