Bakkies: ‘World XV’ shock pick

2012-07-05 12:46

Cape Town – He may be closing in on his 33rd birthday in September, but Bakkies Botha must have been doing something right in his tenure with French club Toulon.

The 2007 Springbok World Cup winner and former Bulls favourite a little surprisingly cracks the nod for a World XV picked by UK-based Rugby World magazine in their latest (August) edition, following the various June Test series across the planet.

The selection, while obviously weighted in favour of players who turned out for their countries in the June window, also includes some who were either injured or – as in Botha’s case – overlooked for the Tests.

Although the magazine is not yet available in South Africa, the side was tweeted on Wednesday night by South African-based freelance rugby writer Mark Keohane (@mark_keohane), who has been in England recently.

It includes three Springboks – aside from Botha, right wing JP Pietersen and hooker Bismarck du Plessis, both of whom were influential in the 2-0 series triumph over England, made the cut.

World Cup champions New Zealand have four representatives and Australia two, bringing to nine the number of southern hemisphere players selected.

There are some contentious picks, including two Scottish tight forwards in Richie Gray and Euan Murray – the “selectors” were possibly swayed by the Scots’ surprise victory over hosts Australia in a once-off Test in atrocious conditions at Newcastle a few weeks ago.

Here is the magazine’s full side:

15 Rob Kearney (Ire), 14 JP Pietersen (SA), 13 Conrad Smith (NZ), 12 Jamie Roberts (Wales), 11 George North (Wal), 10 Dan Carter (NZ), 9 Will Genia (Aus), 8 Kieran Read (NZ), 7 David Pocock (Aus), 6 Dan Lydiate (Wal), 5 Richie Gray (Sco) 4 Bakkies Botha (SA), 3 Euan Murray (Sco), 2 Bismarck du Plessis (SA), 1 Tony Woodcock (NZ).

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  • jason.children - 2012-07-05 12:51

    Say what???

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-05 13:53

      Why isn't JdJ in this team...He is the best we got...or so they say..

      Wesley - 2012-07-05 14:08

      i rate any person commenting here right now cud put a team together who wud beat these guys! #justsaying

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-05 14:16

      @wesley, Gee ons jou span

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-05 14:22

      Lol...Blue they know what is good for a Rugby team then... or maybe because of their supporters... Which one do you think is it???

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-05 14:50

      where is peter grant?!?!

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-05 14:59

      his working on his kicking %... shhhhhttttt.....

      jono.qmann - 2012-07-05 15:11

      were is spies? meisiekind? kirchner? basson????? o and i forgot MS??? o no i forgot scratch MS, he is only good for kicking and we all know his kicking has been hosh! and its because Toulon made him a better player!?

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-05 15:16

      Jono you obviously missed the point here... Clue: it was focussed on HM selection when all the bergies went so Ape for nothing...

      Marcel - 2012-07-05 15:43

      there is no bulls player in there as well, idiots

      francois.smith.7 - 2012-07-05 16:54

      Bryce Lawrence did not make it?

      Darren - 2012-07-06 07:08

      If this side is based on form there are some obvious contentions. Like it or not, Sonny Bill Williams must be the form player in the world right now and has to be there ahead of Jamie Roberts. Willem Alberts was the best forward by a mile in the first two tests against England and should by there (if this is a form guide). Not sure how Gray or Murray got there either - a one-off test against a weekend Aus pack in terrential rain and then two tests against Samoa and Fiji. The other interesting omission is that of any French or Argentinian players.

      jm.hayes.96 - 2012-07-06 13:26

      Bakkies was a Bulls player you nonse, why the hell one would choose Rob Kearney over Israel Dagg, I have no idea, and why isnt Grant there? Cause Grant will never be near as good as Dan Carter. Come to think of it, why isnt Zack Guildford up there either?

      pierre.devilliers.9231 - 2012-07-07 03:18

      HM should also pick Bakkies.

  • harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-05 12:51


      japjapjap.wat - 2012-07-05 13:23

      dis eintlik tragies dat di wereld briljante spelers in Suid-Afrika kan raaksien en vereer, maar ni di meerderheid swape, sitbokke, baster britte en haasbek kroesaders in sa, wat eerder graag hul familie-lede in di bok-groep wil inforseer en alles beheer deur hul snert pratery?? sien Bakkies was volgens my di beste Springbok slot in jare- hy kon spring in di lyn soos Vic, het di grootste hart gehad in SA rugby, Was altyd eerlik en opreg en het sy alles altyd gegee?? en was so sterk soos 'n trop Buffels- sal nooit vergeet hoe hy os(130kg) opgetel het in di skrum met di se voete in di lug en begin stoot het, totdat daar niks en niemand voor hom was ni. Een van di grootste grotes?? BAKKIESSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!

      jacques.l.roux.3 - 2012-07-05 16:16

      Jyt vergeet om te noem dat hy ook een van die grootste vuilgatte was wat nog ooit die Bok jersey gedra het.

      koos.vandermerwe.338 - 2012-07-06 02:48

      Ek dink daai eer kom Butch James en James Small toe met Burger 'n kortkop agter.

  • Taurus.Blue1 - 2012-07-05 12:54

    Ou Bakkies, jy bly maar 'n yster, maak nie saak waar jy is nie. Hoekom volgens die skrywer jy 'n 'shock pick' is, sal net hy weet.

  • sean.bagley.50 - 2012-07-05 13:02

    So Bakkies,the hardest man in rugby according to some, gets a nod.He had been playing down his bad boy image whilst playing for Toulon.

      jm.hayes.96 - 2012-07-06 13:28

      More than likely cause those french poofs wouldnt dare tackle him if he stuck by the " enforcer " reputation.

  • nielbenjamin.kidd - 2012-07-05 13:03

    Cool fantasy team. Bakkies sal eventually n fantasy geel kaart kry. Dan is daai posisie oop vir die een wat dit regtig verdien. GO BOLAND!

  • joshua.m.austin.5 - 2012-07-05 13:07

    No Alberts?

      japjapjap.wat - 2012-07-05 13:40

      nee, net BAKKIES!!!!!! hulle moes kies tussen 'n klein enforcer en 'n grote?? maklike keuse, ne'??

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-05 14:54

      no grant?

  • yvettesteven.loots - 2012-07-05 13:13

    Sal maklik wees om nog n span uit die suidelike halfrond te kies wat daai wereldspan wen.

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-05 13:28

      Yes, lots of Bulls, Sharks and Crusaders to chose from.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-05 14:55

      there are 6 northern hemisphere players. honestly who is going to take this sersiously? if this article was written by someone who watches rugby and not aviva soccer, there would be only southern hemisphere players

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-05 15:30

      aka chokers

  • charl.koegelenberg - 2012-07-05 13:29

    Dan Carter is stil the no1 fly half

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-05 14:56

      and once again this was created by some hack in england - his fantasy team and has as much pull as u and me and our teams would look different too

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-05 15:30

      no what? i have no idea what a stormer is. i know what a choker is

      Pietskiet - 2012-07-05 16:40

      @ caravan?bulls? It seems you don't have any respect towards women. You should go back to your cave rather and keep start thinking before you type something. PS Stay away from the booze.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-06 02:54 hard to it must be a very serious problem....

  • jeffrey.jones.357 - 2012-07-05 13:40

    Where's Zane Kirchner?

      yvettesteven.loots - 2012-07-05 14:14

      Moet eers sy hare sny.

  • Rob Allen - 2012-07-05 13:50


  • john.comyn.18 - 2012-07-05 14:00

    Dodgy side this - No problem with Bakkies though. He ain't going to be letting any side down and probably is the best in the World depending on what you are looking for.

  • ako.gutshwa.7 - 2012-07-05 14:19

    We are very proud of these rugby players, it should have been more though, truly speaking South Africa is the capital city of rugby.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-05 14:57

      excellent comment

  • Provence - 2012-07-05 14:41

    Bakkies - Toulon - France, formerly Bulls! Sorry Bulls can't claim this one, unless you want to pay something?

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-05 14:57

      like the stormers pay the ref

      Pietskiet - 2012-07-05 16:43

      @caravan?bulls? They earn more money then you PS Stay away from the booze

      jm.hayes.96 - 2012-07-06 13:32

      Earned themselves 3 super rugby of them i recall was kicking your stomers asses to take the tournament...more than I can say for the stormers...says the man born in cape town, ha ha

      jacques.l.roux.3 - 2012-07-07 21:10

      The man born in Cape Town ha ha, 3 cups for the THE MAN born in Cape Town hip hip! Ja the good old days he?

  • cape.maori - 2012-07-05 14:41

    Won't believe anything coming from Keohane aka Joost!

      cape.maori - 2012-07-05 15:00

      I am "relieved", thank you Bluetjie! lol

  • Johan - 2012-07-05 15:22

    Natuurlik, hy's 'n Bul Tel bietjie hoeveel Stormers maak die span

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-07-05 15:34

    What's up with this "Blue Bulls" coach. First he tried to get Matfield/retired back into the Boks and thank heavens that failed. Now he's trying to get one of the dirtiest/Blue Bull players also into the team. Why not leave all of the other Provinces players at home and select just a Blue Bulls team to play for SA. Surely there are better players awaiting a chance to play for SA

  • yvettesteven.loots - 2012-07-05 15:46

    Ek het nie die beste span gekies nie, net enetjie wat daai weredspan wen. Ek het ook net beseerde spelers gekies oor hulle dit gedoen het

  • ShauneJordaan - 2012-07-05 15:48

    Bakkies has always been a machine...great guy to have coming on off the bok bench, experience and tough. Better than Flip Van Der Merwe...backkies is way better.

      Provence - 2012-07-05 20:32

      Agree Bakkies is way better than Flip but then that doesn't say much either.

  • Emile - 2012-07-06 09:01

    Bakkies has been tremendous for Toulon and playing in a part of the world where "softies" don't dare to play rugby.

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