Boks add three for London

2010-11-18 16:13

Edinburgh - Coach Peter de Villiers on Thursday called up three replacements to the Springbok squad for the final two matches of the team’s end-of-year tour against England and the Barbarians – both matches at Twickenham.

Experienced wing Odwa Ndungane, hooker Bandise Maku and uncapped scrumhalf Charl McLeod will join the squad in London on Sunday. They are replacements for injured wings Bryan Habana and Bjorn Basson and hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle, who has been suspended from all rugby activities (along with Basson) following a positive test for a banned stimulant.

Maku (24) and Ndungane (29) have both made one appearance for the Springboks this season - in June – while McLeod (27) is included in a Springbok squad for the first time.

“I called the players to let them know the good news and they’re all really excited to be joining us,” said de Villiers. “I considered calling them in this week but with all the other disruptions I thought it’d be better to focus as much as we could on what is a very important Test against Scotland.

“They can start with us fresh on Monday morning at the beginning of a new Test week.”

 Ndungane won the last of his seven caps against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in June while Maku made his Test debut as a replacement against Italy at Witbank, also in June.

McLeod has forced his way into the reckoning after a successful Absa Currie Cup season with The Sharks.

“Charl would have been added to the squad earlier but he suffered an ankle injury in the final and would not have been able to travel as an immediate replacement for Ricky Januarie,” said De Villiers.

“But we’re delighted to be able to give him a chance to show us what he can do at the highest level.”

The three inclusions return the Springbok squad to its original compliment of 30.


  • Dan the Man - 2010-11-18 16:18

    I like the callups, but think a good coach would make sure his backups would be there in case more injuries occurred, as well as give them time to acclimatise to the cold conditions and learn setup moves and calls...

      stephen.eriksenmiller - 2010-11-18 20:22

      Your point has merit, but in this case, I think the call ups will be for the Barbarian game. He has adequate cover for Scotland.

  • spooner26 - 2010-11-18 16:20

    haha Maku WTF

      Makutu - 2010-11-18 16:31

      Moron. You don't know your Rugby. Stick to female gymnastics. Maku is not like Chilliboy!

      Mr D - 2010-11-18 16:59

      Agree with spooner26.......haha Maku WTF hahahahah

      dixkzn - 2010-11-19 12:09

      I agree 100 % with spooner WTF HA HA HA HA HA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • molefeP - 2010-11-18 16:58

    How do you call up a Fly-half to cover for a wing? Now he has 3 fly-halves and he will keep playing Pienaar who is by FAR and away the worst of the 3. And then there is Odwa, who has NEVER been even nearly as good as his brother. Nothing against Mcloud, but our selection process is letting us down again BIG time!

      stephen.eriksenmiller - 2010-11-18 17:09

      You obviously don't know much about rugby! McLeod is a SCRUMHALF, not a flyhalf!

      Superdude - 2010-11-18 17:28

      Eish no Molefe, Mcleod is a scrummy. The wing cover is Odwa. Five points if you can tell me what position Maku plays? You can do eet! Cool.

      durbsviking - 2010-11-18 18:05

      I don't know what Akona has to do with this at all. He has a broken leg, so calling him up would be a trifle silly. Pienaar is at scrumhalf as Super and Stephen pointed out. Hougaard has the start of flu, so cover here is a good thing. Remember that Pienaar is a completely different kind of player tactically. Against England he will be your man. Against the Barbarians not so - you do know the tactics against the Barbarians - yes - running rugby where Charl is probably the best in SA at the moment. The Barbarians start will be McLeod and Lambie as we will not need Steyn's boot.

      Preshan - 2010-11-19 07:14

      LOL, Mcleod a fly-half,lol...ay!! and Aplon is a lock.LMAO

      Preshan - 2010-11-19 07:16

      @Durbs Akona is not playing, his twin brother is called up, odwa(sharks) another1 who doesnt know his rugby.

      Raymond - 2010-11-19 10:20

      Preshan, Preshan, Preshan....If you read properly, you will see that Durbs is referring to molefe's reference to Akona being better than Odwa. Wake up man.

      louis.kriel - 2010-11-19 12:47

      Eisssh MolefeP stick to soccer or board games, Hau!

  • FerretGee - 2010-11-18 17:46

    Hmm I thought you couldn't call up replacements for players set home in disgrace? But anyhoo, well dome to McCleod, glad he made the team after a good season with the Sharks. As for Odwa Ndungane, although his brother is the better player I think he still may be on the injured list? Odwa has not done anything wrong on the park this season either. Lts stop slating selections and get behind our boys in green and gold. We will never all agree on who should or should not be selected anyway!

      stephen.eriksenmiller - 2010-11-18 20:20

      I was wondering about that myself Mart, but I am also pleased that McLeod is getting a shot. I think he and Lambie will be superb in the Barbarian game. Also, I wonder why Burden is not being looked at. To my mind, he was superb this season, and if it weren't for Bismarck, I think he would have played a lot more.

  • roderick.harris - 2010-11-18 18:58

    One of the star players for the Sharks in the Currie Cup was Craig Burden. With his strength and pace and ability to steal balls from the ruck, it would be as if there was another loose forward on the field. Surely the coaches should pick form players during the chaos that is being experienced now? Actually, I give up on wondering who should or should not be picked...

      durbsviking - 2010-11-18 19:52

      Craig very seldom started for the Sharks. He was a 20 minute impact player. I agree, he is superb, but against England in a tight, forward dominated game, not that sure. Barbarians, open running rugby, love to see him there. You have to, have to remember that 3 black players have been sent home. If you think there is no transformation target, think again. Not going to debate the merits of that again, no point. Pity Ashley Johnson is a loosie (got enough of those) or I could see him fitting in against the BaaBaas.

      Roderick - 2010-11-19 07:00

      Actually, Craig Burden started most of the Currie Cup games since John Smit and Bismark du Plessis were with the Springboks and Bismark was also injured for a while. Bismark only came back into the Sharks team the last few games of the season. He would only be taken as an impact player anyway since Bismark is the first choice hooker and now Adriaan Strauss will be the first backup choice.

  • haha - 2010-11-18 20:24

    Why do we continue with this affirmative action crap in sport? There is better replacements than Maku and Ndungane. I also think there is better scrumhalfs than McLeod.. I suppose we could have send worse..

  • Moersteen - 2010-11-19 00:10

    Congratulations Charl, can't wait to see you play for the Bokke! You're a brilliant scrummy.

  • Thomas - 2010-11-19 02:04

    These call ups are fine for the Baa Baas game where Mcleod will relish the festival style of play. However I think PDV missed the chance to call a genuine centre to cover for the England game. England are going to give our pack the hardest test of the tour, so we are not going to get such good go foreward ball that was wasted so much against Ireland and Wales. My personal view would have been to call up a centre and Kockett to cover for the England game. Pienaar is too meek for England you need trench fighters to face the England pack (Hougaard and Kockett).

      durbsviking - 2010-11-19 06:17

      You are wrong about Pienaar. He has been playing there for a year now, he knows all about trench fighting. It is not about fronting them up, it is about turning them around. Pienaar is the man against England - watch! Kockott would also be fine but he is too slow frm the base of the scrum if we decide to run the ball - which is why he did not start for the Sharks this year.

  • skywalker - 2010-11-19 08:33

    :rolls eyes:

  • Vincent - 2010-11-19 09:18

    Maku... LOL. Im happy with the other 2, although we already have Hougaard and Pienaar. So what now? They better not move Hougaard to another position, as he is just getting into making 9 his own.

  • Raymond - 2010-11-19 10:24

    GO Charl, well done! He really deserves to be there.

  • Gorilla - 2010-11-19 12:56

    i didn't think you could replace players that were banned for illegal stuff?

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