Fans welcome back Bakkies

2013-11-11 12:14
Bakkies Botha (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Sport24 readers are excited about the prospect of lock Bakkies Botha making his return for the Springboks against Scotland in Edinburgh on Sunday.

Botha, 34, was recalled to the Bok squad for their end of year tour, but was not included in the 23-man line-up for last Saturday's Test against Wales in Cardiff as he only joined them last Tuesday evening.

Bok coach Heyneke Meyer told Die Burger's website that he is likely to call on Botha this weekend.

"There is a good chance that Bakkies will start. We want to see what he can do for us. He's been very influential since he arrived. You could see how guys like Eben Etzebeth and Pieter-Steph du Toit look up to him," said Meyer.

Botha, who currently plays for French club Toulon, last played for the Boks at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand two years ago.

This is what Sport24 readers had to say about Bakkies Botha's return:

"Viva Bakkies Viva. Can't wait to see him run out in green and gold again YAY!!" - Chez Kri

"Eben is a bit flat these days, he played a lot and for such a young man it must be tiring." - Albertus Lombard

"Make sense to give Eben a break."
- Jonny Fairplay

"Bakkies has been outstanding for Toulon and Meyer is not going to lose anything by playing Bakkies. Problem is Bakkies is a no4 and Meyer has already said Du Toit is not ready to be calling the lineouts at no5 so I'm guessing it will be Bakkies and Flip at 4 and 5."
- John Comyn

"Bakkies has such experience. HM even talks about how much the new locks will learn from this gentle giant." - CK

"Great him or hate him, Bakkies Botha's name will echo through many many years to come - for whatever reason. Welcome back Enforcer."
- JJ Maritz

"Give Eben a break so that he is fresh for the French...he has played a lot of games this year already. Smart move."
- JF

"Bakkies the enforcer! he is the real Beast! bakkies vs jim hamilton should be a titanic battle of mental giants."
- Cecil September

"Bakkies told Meyer he'll bliksem him if he does not play." - JC

"Perfect opportunity for Bakkies to play. Hope he teaches the young guys a trick or 2 as they will take over." - Greegs

"Maybe Bakkies can teach Meyer how to slay a few ABs, like in the days of De Villiers." - Liansky Nino Bestenbier

"The Enforcer is back! Pain has a face, time to unleash it once more!" - Daniel Jacobus Laas

Bakkies Botha has been a revelation for Toulon. (Gallo Images)

Is Bakkies Botha a valuable addition to the Bok team or is he a red card waiting to happen? Send your thoughts to Sport24.

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