CJ to join Bok squad in France

2009-11-08 18:36

Cape Town - Tighthead prop CJ van der Linde will join the Springbok squad in France on Wednesday as a replacement for Jannie du Plessis, who has withdrawn from the European tour with a hand injury.

Leinster-based Van der Linde made the last of his 56 Test appearances for South Africa against Australia in a Vodacom Tri-Nations fixture in August 2008.

His most recent appearance for Leinster was in the Irish champions’ 23-6 victory over Cardiff Blues on 31 October, before the break in the European season for the autumn internationals.

Van der Linde made his Test debut as a 22-year-old against Scotland in 2002 and was a member of the World Cup-winning squad of 2007.

“It’s fantastic that we’re able to call on a player with CJ’s experience to join the squad,” said Bok coach Peter de Villiers.

“With such a tight schedule it is also helpful to be able to bring in someone who has been part of the group before, knows the systems and will settle in quickly. CJ is also a specialist tighthead who will provide the type of cover we will need.

“It is unfortunate that we have lost three players so early in the tour but that is part of the game and we have to be able to manage such setbacks,” de Villiers said.

Hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle and prop Gurthrö Steenkamp were also forced home with injuries following the opening match against Leicester on Friday.

Van der Linde will travel to France on Wednesday where the rest of the squad, arriving from Johannesburg and London, will converge in Toulouse. The other two replacements Wian du Preez and Adriaan Strauss will join the squad in Johannesburg on Sunday.


  • chrisdp - 2009-11-08 18:41

    The news just keep on getting better and better...... I ould have preferred the entire FSfront Row.. but on the other hand, CJ used to play for the FS......

  • Skypig - 2009-11-08 18:56

    I'm confused! I always thought those guys playing outside of the country would not be considered for Bok positions!? Don't get me wrong, I'm seriously chuffed about this, as I have been saying for a long time that Jannie is overrated, and definitely not a top class tighthead!

  • Graham Pearson - 2009-11-08 19:32

    At last Peter de Villiers is coming to his senses by calling on overseas based players who are good enough to be included in the SA squad.

  • Dean - 2009-11-08 19:40

    What a joke. I hope all the guys left behind because of politics tell Div to get stuffed.

  • Wiseman - 2009-11-08 19:40

    Watch the headlines tomorrow - ANC catches up with SARU after dealing with Malema.

  • whitetrash - 2009-11-08 19:41

    I dont think jannie or guthro are injured.- just dropped.

  • KR - 2009-11-08 19:47

    Players outside of the country will only be considered if there is no suitable replacement in SA. Hopefully this will sort out most of the problems we have in the front row.

  • Davey - 2009-11-08 19:49

    Give us the FS front row, vic & Bakkies, Burger & Brussow wit Bismark @ 8. Kanko, Danie and CJ as benchers, and send the rest home!!!!! Vic to captain.

  • Rossman - 2009-11-08 19:52

    Maybe J de V and Frans Steyn is next. We can only hope. Good decision on CJ. Looking forward to seeing him in a Bok jersey again.

  • GREAT NEWS! - 2009-11-08 20:02

    OH, if ever there was a good time for John Smit to pull a hammy, this would be it. SMit would get 3 months much needed rest and PdV would see what a real tighthead can do for a scrum!

  • darwinia - 2009-11-08 20:07

    Oh my word. Guthro, Chiliboy and Jannie" injured". hahaha... This is now how they try to cover for dreadful selections and keeping politians happy.

  • SA Rugby Supporter - 2009-11-08 20:08

    Maybe it is time Div relooks at the policy to select overseas based players and SA Rugby to try to keep players in SA. While I agree with the calls for WP Nel from FS to join, I also agree with Div to call on CJ. He will bring experience and knowledge of local conditions and players to the squad. Based on the thumping the SA XV took in the scrums on Friday we will need all the help we can get.

  • MOVIE - 2009-11-08 20:13

    i'm confused,i think there is a policy if u play abroad.u not considered for selection......can some one help me....

  • Main OKE - 2009-11-08 20:46

    CJ is back! top stuff! he's a good oke..Now if only somehow Odwa or Nokwe could find a way to get "injured" and be replaced by LIONEL MAPOE!!

  • fc - 2009-11-08 20:50

    Steenkamp was the weak link in the Bulls team, most people saw it and he was still selected, front row is not there to tackle but to scrum, the FS scrum kept the cheetahs in the game, Jannie also got a hiding from the FS front row and Chilliboy did not even play and was not the bulls no 1 based on what was he selected? It is a pity that we had to loose against a weakened club side that know tells everybody that the beated the world champs before justice was served on the guys that are now finally part of the team. Goodluck to both our teams

  • Colin - 2009-11-08 21:00

    PdV has no idea...You cannot go to war with boys! He was warned. Now send Maku and Heinie home "injured" as well, because they are club standard. Earl actually played quite well!!! Despite the chaos in front of him. Poor old Ruan never had a snow balls hope of succeeding behind that 4th team pack. Until next week.....Good night and good luck!

  • Joke! - 2009-11-08 21:58

    What a joke! We’ve got hammered in our first game only because we had to “carry” the “passengers” in the team including a useless captain. Funny that the whole front row is back in SA!? It is very clear that the coaching staff is sh***ing themselves at the moment because John Smit is also a passenger and Beast is 50% of what he was a few months ago. Why CJ? We have more than enough capable front rowers in SA. I am a CJ fan but what happened to the selection of overseas players now? Is it a matter of “we need the white guy this week” so f.. the rules!? Let’s hope AD pulls a “hammie” at practice then PDV can ask Jean to help out at 12! Thanks god Ruan can cover for du Preez and not Adams!

  • Bal15 - 2009-11-08 22:41

    Ja, it is a bit suspicious that the whole front row got not only injured, but injured badly enough to be coming home. Sorry, but of the three I always rated Gurthro as probably the better one, but not anymore after Friday night's shambles. As for Jannie and Chili - maybe take this time off to work on your technique as you were not even up to standard against a weakened European club side. By the way, how can we take the Bulls' third and fourth choice hookers on tour? Surely Tiaan Liebenberg could have added some fire upfront, or maybe even Derick Kuuhn?

  • Gerald - 2009-11-08 23:19

    Bring back Jean and Francois!! Play our best players and crush the opposition! Or at least beat them comfortably. Half measures are never acceptable. Very happy for CJ. Saying those 3 are injuries is either the funniest cover or the most blinding stroke of good fortune we've had since Jacobs got injured and was replaced by Fourie. Surely the rugby Gods favour their Springbok children above all others.

  • Dawie - 2009-11-09 06:43

    Dink dit is onregverdig om die hele ding op Steenkamp.Ralapele en Jannie te pak. Toe ek laas geskrum het (nog op skool) het n skrum uit agt ouens bestaan, en nie vyf nie. Dink die ouens wat die skuld moet kry is Ashley, Devon en Devald. Hulle het nooit saam geskrum nie. Ashley was die beste seter op die dag. Devon het nooit opgedaag nie, en Dewald het alleen probeer los bal wen.

  • @Dawie - 2009-11-09 07:34

    Ek stem 100% saam met jou. Wynand en de Jongh moes die heeltyd probeer losbal wen omdat Ashley en Jean Deysel die heeltyd senter wou speel en 'n groot gemors daarvan gemaak het, maar hier plaas ek die blaam solied op Ruan Pienaar se skouers, want hy gedurende die hele wedstryd nie een keer die bal vir sy senters gepass nie.

  • Steven - 2009-11-09 07:54

    At Last they call up the Powerhouses from the Freestate......Took long enough to pick the scrummagers that annihilated all opposition....Just waiting for J de villiers and Frans to somehow be pulled in

  • Met Uysh! - 2009-11-09 08:52

    Great news!!! CJ, you are most welcome!! I recall this guy running down the touchline on loftus against the Bulls like a Frik du Preez of old, bumping off the likes of Danie Rossouw for a magnificent try for the Cheetas! This guy should never have left our shores!

  • Rugbyfan4eva - 2009-11-09 09:54

    What about ol BJ Botha, he was pretty solid too....I think if he bought a sunbed he might have been in the picture too.

  • Steminibos - 2009-11-09 10:10

    Glad CJ is back, but in my humble opinion the problem was 5 scrumming against 8, our loosies were pathetic, this Raubenheimer chap must be family of PDV - he did nothing - him and Johnstone did not engage in the scrums, as for the Cilliyboy - send him to play some rugby at club level, average 3min/game for 4 years - whilst you have an abundace of in-form players.. I am afraid the success of 08/09 will be PdV downfall, he is beginning to believe that he can walk on water, and what happenned last week is an embarresment to the Bok jersey, if he continues with this rush transformation - he will play the stands empty. I must complimet Earl Rose on his performance, Ruan was shocking and needs to find his confidence in the Currie Cup - in one position please. Good luck Boks!

  • Adams - 2009-11-09 10:53

    Pathetic, selection policies will break PdV, then at last we can get a proper man to do the job. Lets just start with the backline, Adams and Hougard before Kockett or Duvenhage you must be joking, Ruan at 10 is PdV just trying to spite us now, how many times must he see Ruan fail at 10 to come to a conclusion? Lets not even go to the front row, that was just horrible! the only guys who can have their heads up hi in the total 8 is Bekker & Rossouw? And whats the life lesson here? Dont choose player who are not the 1st choice for their province, they dont get enough game time and are obviously not the best!!

  • peebo - 2009-11-09 10:53

    Pienaar was exposed as clueless,he was the one player who should have been able to handle the situation.The pack was a mess and the entire effort a shambles.BUT what is all the fuss about - this team played exactly as most experimental units would,this was not an international and this loss will be long forgotten once the big boys arrive. PDV detractors - stop gloating in the loss and grow up.

  • peebo - 2009-11-09 10:53

    Pienaar was exposed as clueless,he was the one player who should have been able to handle the situation.The pack was a mess and the entire effort a shambles.BUT what is all the fuss about - this team played exactly as most experimental units would,this was not an international and this loss will be long forgotten once the big boys arrive. PDV detractors - stop gloating in the loss and grow up.

  • Rugz - 2009-11-09 11:20

    Whatever you think about Viv, you have to admit that isn't too proud to admit when he gets it wrong and makes the necessary changes to correct. When his expansive game plan didn't work in last year's Tri-Nations, he made the required corrections. When Morne Steyn, Brussouw and Jaque Fourie put their hands up when given half a chance, he changed his first choice selections based on the results. I don't believe the decision not to select overseas based players is his, even if we are told it is. There must be considerable pressure from SARFU and even SANZAR to ensure that we don't open the gates and leave the Super 14 and Tri-Nations the poorer for it. I have yet to make my mind up on the coach but the last thing we can accuse him of is being as stubborn as his predecessors.

  • Riaan - 2009-11-09 13:21

    Best tighthead we have including John Smit, great to have him back

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