Boks 'book' tickets to RWC

2010-02-07 23:15

Stephen Nell

Cape Town – Ten plane tickets to next year’s Rugby World Cup appear to have been booked with SA Rugby having awarded a number of contracts to a select group of Springboks.

Sport24 has learned that John Smit, Bakkies Botha, Victor Matfield, Schalk Burger, Juan Smith, Pierre Spies, Fourie du Preez, Bryan Habana, Jaque Fourie and JP Pietersen have all signed two-year contracts with SA Rugby.

It means they will possibly form the core of the team that will defend South Africa’s title in New Zealand.

Nine other players have been offered one-year contracts. They are Tendai Mtawarira, Bismarck du Plessis, Andries Bekker, Heinrich Brüssow, Danie Rossouw, Ruan Pienaar, Morné Steyn, Wynand Olivier and Adrian Jacobs.

Hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle is also in SA Rugby’s plans, but his contract will be subject to passing a fitness test.

It is also rumoured that Munster centre Jean de Villiers wants to return to South Africa.

SA Rugby managing director Andy Marinos said that the possible return of the Springbok centre is a matter “between De Villiers and Western Province”.

SA Rugby are not offering contracts to players plying their trade overseas, but appear to have softened their stance on picking them.

The sensible management of players by overseas teams is contributing to their welfare and may assist in keeping them fresh for the World Cup.

If the names of overseas-based Boks such as De Villiers, BJ Botha, CJ van der Linde and Frans Steyn are factored into the contracted squad of 20, it is clear that coach Peter de Villiers already has a good idea of what the majority of his squad will look like for the World Cup.

Form will obviously be a factor over the next 18 months, but South Africa clearly have the core of the squad that will defend the title.

Interesting is that players such as prop Gurthrö Steenkamp, scrumhalf Ricky Januarie, No 8 Ryan Kankowski, fullback Zane Kirchner, and wings Odwa Ndungane and Jongi Nokwe, are not among the contracted players.

With only 10 senior players contracted for two years, there is still chance for healthy competition and players to put up their hands before the World Cup.

That process starts in earnest this week when the Super14 kicks off.

Meanwhile, De Villiers said at the launch of SA Rugby’s Champion Tour that the Boks will not be resting on their laurels after the achievements of last year.

“We should not be out to keep what we have, but improve on what was achieved last year. This team has not yet reached its peak,” said De Villiers.

“I’m excited about the Super14. From that we’ll be able to determine the way ahead for the team over the next two years. I believe our teams will perform well in the Super14.”

Contracted Springboks:

Two years: John Smit, Bakkies Botha, Victor Matfield, Schalk Burger, Juan Smith, Pierre Spies, Fourie du Preez, Bryan Habana, Jaque Fourie, JP Pietersen.

One year: Tendai Mtawarira, Bismarck du Plessis, Andries Bekker, Heinrich Brüssow, Danie Rossouw, Ruan Pienaar, Morné Steyn, Wynand Olivier, Adrian Jacobs, Chiliboy Ralepelle (subject to a fitness test).

Overseas Boks not under contract, but apparently in the Boks’ plans: Jean de Villiers, CJ van der Linde, BJ Botha, Frans Steyn.



  • Gert - 2010-02-07 20:13

    Gaan John Smit nog vl jaar speel? Reeds gese en bewys dat Victor die mees overrated speler naas Rose is? Kan enigiemand asb vir my se wat hy in 80 min doen anders as gemiddeld 4 lynstaan balle wen, 2 tacles en 2 aanslane.......geen strafskoppe want hy doen niks. Toe asb enige een wat graag met my wil verskil wys dit met wedstryd statistiek want dit is wat ek byhou. Schalk Burger .......sal weer net onder die 50 % wedstryde speel agv beserings of geel/ rooi kaarte. Sy wedstryd teen Boland het dit reeds bewys. Bakkies...geen probleem. Juan....beseer???/Pierre ..... kom ons sien....Fourie..begin reeds sy hande in die lug gooi en met die skeidsregter argumenteer gaan miskien nog n jaar hou......Habana.....okay Fourie...okay.....Pietersen...over rated, ver overrated. kwota speler....

  • Dirk - 2010-02-07 21:01

    Not bad in general. Some players needs to regain form but class and experience can not be bought. Good luck BOKKE.

  • Andre - 2010-02-07 21:12

    Victor wen lynstane en hy is 'n gedissiplineerde voorspeler. Lynstane wen wedstryde, net soos skepskoppe in die laaste minuut 'n wedstrydwenner kan wees. Vir my lyk dit of Victor hard en goed speel soos ek na die wedstryde kyk of praat jy van 'n ander Victor? John is 'n goeie Kaptein maar ek het my bedenkinge oor hom vir volgende jaar maar sal 'n plaasvervanger werklik 'n beter speler wees en is daar 'n beter Kaptein as John, ek glo nie en ek is maar bang dat John se plaasvervanger 'n swart Kaptein kan wees - dan is ons obviously in ons muhr in. Wie weet.

  • Francois - 2010-02-07 21:47

    Gert, watter slot sou jy in Matfield se plek gekies het ? Jou wedstryd statistieke gaan vir 'n bol strooi. Die hele wereld en sy boetie het net lof vir Matfield. Het jy ooit geweet dat Midi Olympique 'n Franse koerant vir Matfield en Botha aangewys het as hulle internasionale spelers vir 2009? Het jy geweet dat Matfield in die 2007 RWC finaal die man-of-the-match toekenning gekry het? Internasionale toekennings deur regte rugbykenners.... Jou analise oor die spelers wat jy hier noem is 'n bewys van jou tekort aan rugby kennis. Shame jy moet miskein bietjie die game begin kyk en ophou statistiek hou.

  • jonno - 2010-02-07 22:00

    ag asb gert...jy gee my sommer n pyn in die ....jou morpot...

  • Sharks supporter - 2010-02-07 22:13

    Yeah, John Smit will be assistant forward coach.

  • Jay Vyas - 2010-02-07 22:44

    I must agree with the comment from GERT regarding Pietersen. If you watch the Tests against the British & Irish Lions carefully in when the Boks leaked tries, watch in SLOW MOTION the non tackling and slack defence from JP Pietersen. In almost ALL the tries of the lions, JP COULD have been MORE effective in defence. Unlike Bryan Habana who puts his BODY on the line for the defence, JP seems to avoid the direct tackles. Regarding PIERRE SPIES, I am certain that he will become the STAR player in RWC 2011. Watch this BOK, he is going to surprise everyone. As for SCHALK BURGER, I am also getting sick and tired of watching him COSTING us yellow and red cards. He has consistantly cost the BOKS to play 14 men rugby in virtually every game of 2008/2009. How HEINRICH BRUSSOW is still not offered a SENIOR 2 Year contract, proves that PDV still has the interests of his home province WP Rugby at heart. HEINRICH IS and WILL REMAIN the best loose forward-ball fetcher in SA and WORLD rugby. Even the NZ and AUSSIES believe this. This ladis going to revolutionize our possession tactics in 2011 RWC and the BOK rugby selectors will HAVE to place SCHALK on the bench. Finally, all we now need is for PDV to PLEASE NOT OVERUSE the core players and NOT send them on the year end GRAND SLAM tour. Use this tour to build a second 15 team as the ALL BLACKS have done so successfully in the years between 2005 to 2008. GO BOKKE.....

  • @Gert - 2010-02-08 01:02

    Bedaar siel bedaar! Ek hoop vir ons almal se onthalwe jy vat jou pille die res vd seisoen!

  • George - 2010-02-08 02:03

    So why is JP Peterson there ? Use;ess, I thought we got rid of him ..... Oh Yeah, now I remember, he is there for the high tackles. So every match he plays we start with a score of (RSA) 0-6 (Opponents)

  • @gert - 2010-02-08 06:57

    gert jy is n tert - die manne het die world cup gewen is jy nou nog op daai kwota twak - jou ma man... Lionel Cronje is n flyhalf vir die future hom !!!

  • Dale - 2010-02-08 07:11

    Gert, I'm not sure how much rugby you do watch, from what I can gather not very much. Matfield and Du Preez are world class. and Pietersen is a talented youngster with oodles of potential. Let's drop our fantasy with the word "kwota"?

  • cft - 2010-02-08 07:12

    @ Gert - O.k. Jy weet alles, as jy 15 kontrakte moes gee, vir wie sou dit wees??

  • A - 2010-02-08 07:23

    @Gert. A few semi-accurate comments, but man don't be so cynical (I myself am a cynic with regard to most things, except Bok rugby). I would understand it if we had a really crappy 2009, but we didn't. I think they have a good core group here. I really hope that all the overseas players are also included. Just a question: Why on earth is Chiliboy in their plans? I understand the guy was a good u/21 player, but seriously he has not played one season through without injury. And now that is a overrated player if I ever saw one. He still needs to prove himself.

  • bokbefok - 2010-02-08 07:24

    Wat weet jy van rugby Gert. Jy klink soos 'n 'trailer trash' bliksem.

  • Eish - 2010-02-08 07:38

    @Gert - teen die tempo wat jy aangaan is daar nie veel oor nie....wie sou jy kies?

  • @ Gert - 2010-02-08 07:46

    Gert - gaan support liewers die Aussies - want lyk my daar is niemand goed genoeg in SA nie. Jinne - mense soos jy is net die tipe supporter wat niemand soek nie. Daar is fout met almal en alles. Wie moet in Matfield se plek speel? Bekker? Komaan - ek as WP suupporter sal nie eers dai pick maak nie!

  • Jan - 2010-02-08 07:53

    Gert....ek sien jou hande is in die lug...weet net nie met wie jy probeer argumenteer nie want daar is definitief rugby ondersteuners daarbuite wat meer weet as wat jy openbaar.

  • piet - 2010-02-08 07:55

    Gert, as jy so goed is, hoekom is jy nie die persoon wat die spelers identifiseer en kies nie? Sit maar rustig op jou bank met jou branna's ek coke en shut-up.

  • Barry - 2010-02-08 07:59

    Maybe someone must tell Helium not to rest on his laurels. This is the most overated team ever. Pietersen what a joke, Smit, Victor, Bakkies and what is he still doing with Pienaar, pls help me, look at the up and coming players, are yoyu blind. This is a hasbeen selection. I want to cryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  • Steadfast - 2010-02-08 08:00

    Much as expected. But much can happen in 18 months. Injuries are my biggest concerns. To Gert - I am somewhat shocked at your feelings towards Victor, he is a gaint in world rugby, he comes up with the goods when needed. So he had a bad game so what. To mention Victor and Rose in same breath really means you have a personal problem with Victor and not a rugby one. maybe he has done what you could never do - to pull in the chicks.

  • Philip - 2010-02-08 08:17

    @Gert. You seem to have a problem with just about the whole team. Who do you suggest should make up the team then? Yourself?

  • Bul@gert - 2010-02-08 08:18

    Jy's n regte kont Gert.Victor is BAAS

  • zaShadow - 2010-02-08 08:19

    I am surprised to see that Brüssow got a one year contract only.

  • Dwerg - 2010-02-08 08:22

    I'm surprised to see some of the guys in 1 year contract and not part of "the core group" Bismarck du Plessis, Andries Bekker, Heinrich Brüssow and especially Morné Steyn should all go on to even the 2015 (?) world cup - bar injuries etc. looks very good though. @ Gert - Pietersen is 'n klas speler, jy mis baie van wat hy doen, of jy's bevooroodeeld. takseer hom moontlik op sy 'werk soek' of eerder gebrek daaraan, maar verder het hy als

  • Gene - 2010-02-08 08:31

    @ Gert: Gert jou suurgat, wys my een afrigter wat spelers sal kies wat nie gereken word as wedstrydwenners nie. Selfs kwotaspelers word gekies met die hoop dat hulle sal perform. As die span nie goed genoeg is vir jou nie, dan moet die res darem hondsleg wees in jou oe...wat van jy kies jouself, dan kan die res van ons op jou skreeu.

  • Capetonian - 2010-02-08 08:41

    Have to agree with Gert on the people he names...sad, but i have to. There are 4 players in the 'one year' goup that i would have given the 2 year contracts to, in the place of ones in the 'two year group'. Andries Bekker, Heinrich Brussow, Ruan Pienaar and Tendai Mtwarira. Victor, Fourie, John, JP (he's not old, just highly over-rated by Div) and even Bakkies... are not what we should be building foundations on.

  • Mkhulu - 2010-02-08 08:48

    How does SARU determine who must get a two year contract or i yr contract? Or perhaps is it negotiated and a player chooses a 1 year contract as opposed to two? I would have thought they want to hold on to players like Beast and Brussouw and give them two yrs.

  • Still the quota system - 2010-02-08 08:50

    Chiliboy Ralepelle? Good heavens, has someone gone totally mad in SARU. He must be the No.10 hooker in SA, if so lucky. Why? Why? Why? Stop this fu@#in ANC petty politics now. SARU is giving a contract (money) away for absolutely nothing. He can't even make any provincial side. It is selections like these that gives players like Habana, Pietersen, the Ndungane brothers, etc. a bad name. They are all there on merit, now SARU goes and suck up to those useless ANC politicians again.

  • Bulls fan - 2010-02-08 08:51

    Gert jy praat snert. Vir lynstane en afskoppe is baie belangrik om 'n slot te hê wat die bal vir jou kan secure. Sonder dit het jy boggerol besit. Kyk bietjie mooi hoeveel tackles Matfield maak. En hoeveel keer hy die bal dryf. Slaan hy ooit die bal aan? Amper nooit. So hou op snert praat Gert, jy klink soos 'n kwota ondersteuner.

  • Ricky Rose - 2010-02-08 08:52

    Why is Ricky not contracted,this is not fair. Worse Earl Rose is not even mentioned in the article. He will have been a nice "rosy" Valentine's gift to the bokke.

  • wortel - 2010-02-08 08:56

    @gert. jeez dude... you are one of those guys that always complains about the players and the coaches and then when we win, you go on and say that you had predicted that they would do it at along

  • Martin - 2010-02-08 09:01

    @Gert Dit wil voorkom asof jy 'n over rated werknemer van een of ander "sewerage plant" is, die een wat @a@ gorrel! Fourie en Matfield is sekerlik die beste in hul posisies ... in wereld rugby! O ja, jou statistiek boek wys dit mos nie in swart op wit nie. Beseerde spelers.. wel daarom is daar 'n GROEP spelers, om die beseerdes te vervang tot hul weer hul plek kan verdien. Ek wil nie met jou verkil oor die statistieke wat JY byhou nie, want tussen die tyd wat jy spandeer om 1 of 2 spelers dop te hou, weg te kyk om dit te noteer en te wonder waar die volgende vervanging, selfs al is dit 'n "kwota speler" vanaf moet kom, sien jy sekerlik min van die game. Watter span ondersteun jy ? Dit wil voorkom asof jy slegs 'n spreekbuis is vir al die @a@ praters daar by die "plant", want jy't wragtig al 5 spanne ge- "cover". Sit 'n slag jou pen neer en kyk die spel, statistieke wen nie "games" nie, vertonings op die dag wel!

  • Andre - 2010-02-08 09:09

    @Gert. Is daar 'n spesifieke rede hoekom jy rugby kyk??? Want dis beslis nie omdat jy dit geniet nie.

  • jack - 2010-02-08 09:20

    Gert jou observasies is so belaglik dat dit nie rerig n antwoord regeverdig nie, jy weet duidelik niks van rugby nie. Victor Matfield is die beste lynstaan slot in die wereld, en daar is niks fout met die res van sy spel nie. Jaque Fourie en Bryan Habana is van die beste indien nie die heel beste in die wereld in hul posisies. JP is op jong ouderdom alreeds puik en is alles behalwe n kwota speler. En jy Gert, jy is n hoender.

  • Cheetah - 2010-02-08 09:54

    Manne - gee vir Gert n break. Die ou lyk my kyk nie veel rugby nie diewat hy nie veel weet wat aangaan nie.

  • Ross - 2010-02-08 10:29

    earl the pearl must definately not be selected if we want to have a remote chance of winning. So far the contracted players are looking like a good unit to take overseas

  • Wit Wolf - 2010-02-08 11:40

    erm, this is an english website, hence the english article. Can you clows post in English rather.

  • the Raconteur - 2010-02-08 12:55

    wit wolf ,ek sal praat net wat ek wil jou jy nie kan verstaan nie, hou op lees. hoekom lees jy steeds? want jy's n poepol

  • StuartW - 2010-02-08 13:19

    @ wit wolf....miskien moet jy ook maar eerder in Afrikaans skryf boet, jou engelse spelling is maar bietjie "suspect"...wat is "clows"? Iets interessants, almal kla oor spelers, maar niemand vra hoekom AD Jacobs daar is nie? Ek persoonlik dink hy is oor sy beste en ons moet na ander jong spelers kyk in die senter posisie, en ons het 'n paar goeie jong ouens. @ Gert...almal stem saam hier, jy weet niks van rugby af nie...

  • fuzzy@gert - 2010-02-08 14:08

    Was going to comment on Gert drivel. But you lot left nothing more to say beyond that Gert is a $^%^%^&^*& plonker

  • WP man - 2010-02-08 19:17

    Ek laat eerder my skoonma vir drie maande by my kuier voordat ek iets goed van die Blu Bulle sê. Maar laat ons realisties wees. Botha en Matfield IS die beste slotte vanjaar sal ook die beste volgende jaar wees. Smit, Pietersen en Ralepella is drie name wat vok weet nie op meriete kontrakte gekry het nie. Die jare het Smit ingehaal en ek sou hom as kaptein met Matfield vervang het. Rapella se enigste claim to fame is sy "Africanship" - as speler is hy redelik useless. Petersen is dalk goed genoeg vir Koekenaap se tweede span.

  • Heinrich - 2010-02-08 20:03

    Bismarck - beste haker, Morne - beste losskakel, Heinrich - beste fetcher,Danie - beste impact player. Wat gaan aan met die mense wat die ouens kontrakteer. Kry seker 'n kickback. Die meeste van die ouens wat 2 jaar kontrakte gekry het lyk nie of hulle dit gaan maak nie. Bakkies is al klaar beseer. Pierre se groot spiere begin ook nou teen hom tel. Miskien moet die bodybuilders hom gebruik. Daar word altyd gese dat daar vir die toekoms gebou word maar ek dink dis 'n stap in die verkeerde rigting. Hoop Pieter het sy verskonings reg want uitputting behoort nie weer daar te wees nie.

  • WP man - 2010-02-08 20:56

    Bismarck is die mees oorskatte rugbyspeler is SA. En Tiaan Liebenberg is die mees onderskatte speler. Bakkies is oorspeel. Met die nodige rus sal hy weer die yster van ouds wees.

  • Andre@Brüssow - 2010-02-08 22:09

    Brüssow gaan verseker een van die beste voorspelers ter wêreld word, hoop net nie hy raak gatvol vir SA Rugby politiek en gaan speel oorsee.

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