Div: Tour make or break

2009-10-31 22:37

Pretoria - Springbok coach Peter de Villiers included nine new caps in his squad to tour Europe in November as part of his long-term planning to keep the Springboks at the top of world rugby.

Blue Bulls scrumhalf Heini Adams, utility back Francois Hougaard, hooker Bandise Maku and flank Dewald Potgieter, Western Province centre Juan de Jongh, Natal Sharks lock Alistair Hargreaves, Free State Cheetahs No 8 Ashley Johnson and Griquas flank Davon Raubenheimer and fullback Riaan Viljoen are the new caps.

"We're number one in the world and we seriously want to stay there. We are looking ahead so we can stay number one for many years," De Villiers told a news conference on Saturday.

"We don't want to be caught with our pants down when the first-stringers all leave the scene at the same time. There's still life after the 2011 World Cup and we want to leave a legacy for whoever takes over.

"It will be make or break for some of these new players and I want to see whether they have reached their ceiling or whether they can still grow."

Flank Juan Smith was not considered due to injury, while centre Jean de Villiers and fullback Francois Steyn, who are playing overseas, are the other members of the victorious Tri-Nations squad who will not be on tour.

The Springboks play Tests against France in Toulouse on November 13, against Italy in Udine on November 21 and Six Nations champions Ireland in Dublin on November 28.


John Smit (captain), Victor Matfield, Andries Bekker, Bakkies Botha, Heinrich Brüssow, Schalk Burger, Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Alistair Hargreaves, Ashley Johnson, Ryan Kankowski, Bandise Maku, Tendai Mtawarira, Dewald Potgieter, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Davon Raubenheimer, Danie Rossouw, Pierre Spies, Gurthro Steenkamp, Heinke van der Merwe, Heini Adams, Meyer Bosman, Juan de Jongh, Fourie du Preez, Jaque Fourie, Bryan Habana, Francois Hougaard, Adrian Jacobs, Zane Kirchner, Odwa Ndungane, Jongikhaya Nokwe, Wynand Olivier, Ruan Pienaar, JP Pietersen, Earl Rose, Morne Steyn, Riaan Viljoen.


  • Johan - 2009-10-31 23:13

    What the..... is Earl Rose doing there? There are guys from Boland who played better rugby than this idiot during 2009, and Boland have just gone down a division. I would rather have taken Gio Alpon from WP along. At least he CAN play rugby. I'm so the moer in with Rose's selection i really do'nt want to talk anymore. Goodbye!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nic - 2009-10-31 23:28

    in the same week that Julius Malema can be considered as Presidential material it stands to reason that the sign of the times would have it that Earl Rose is considered a Sprinkgbok. Div why do you not admit to the world that his family are mates with your cousin so that we can actually know that it is a family favour and not just total insanity... As for the rest of the squad I feel it is pretty damn good, one thing though...if Hougard was considered, where the hell is Joe Pietersen? Joe made Rosebud look like the twit that he is when WP played against the Lions (even though they lost)...and I do not see Earl Rose's name on any nominations for player of the year...we can always give him a harlequin hat with bells and call him the court jester...because he is a joke... P.s. I am a Bulls suporter...

  • fyndraai - 2009-10-31 23:28

    Why waste money? Just send Fourie over, he'll sort those teams out on his own! OK, maybe Bakkies as well, to look after the midweek games...

  • Tommygun - 2009-11-01 02:27

    There is a reason why Rose and Nokwe haven't been the first choices for their provinces. It is because they don't shape up.It is not they have been kept out by returning Boks but have been replaced by more promising players. One doesn't want to mention quotas but there is no way in hell the Rose's,Nokwe's,Maku's and Chiliboy are better than Tian Liebenberg the two Strause boys from the Cheetars or Joe Pieterson.

  • Michael - 2009-11-01 04:05

    Earl Rose is useless. What the hell was Div thinking or maybe he just does not think.

  • Edwin - 2009-11-01 05:17

    Rose was a very talented player. The ONLY reason why there is so much moaning : He made a case against a white coach. Thats it- prev there was no moaning.

  • Ozzy - 2009-11-01 06:37

    What more does Jean Deysel have to do to be considered?

  • GEVREESDE CHEETAH - 2009-11-01 07:23

    Die bokspan kies homself, behalwe vir nrs 12 en 15. gee nou vir die res n opwarmingswedstryd teen die volgende span en hulle gaan definitief hulle gatte sien 1. Wian du Preez 2. Adrian Strauss 3.WP Nel 4.Dawid de Villiers 5.Johann Muller 6. Deon Stegman 7 Jean Deysel 8.Duanne Vermeulen 9.Sarel Pretorius 10.Peter Grant 11. Lionel Mapoe 12.Barry Geel 13 Pretorius(Bulle) 14.Akona Ndungwane 15. Joe Petersen 16 Derek Kuun 17 Ronnie Uys -Pumas 18 Pedri Wannenburg 19 Jano Vermaak 20 Burton Francis 21 Gerhard vd Heever 22 Fabian Juries Ek dink die Engelse het slaaplose nagte met name soos Rose,Maku, Raubenheimer en Hargreaves oppad

  • die hard WP supporter - 2009-11-01 07:49

    Good squad but i would have loved to see the following: Joe Peterson in lieu of Earl rose. Lionel Mapoe in lieu of Nokwe and A Straus in lieu of Maku. I simply dont understand how the 2nd or 3rd best players of a union can be be considered better than the rest available in the country. I also feel sorry for Sarel Pretorius and Gio Aplon. All I can say is keep on fighting and knocking on the door.

  • Tommy - 2009-11-01 07:53

    Earl Rose!!!!! What a joke.

  • skoozy - 2009-11-01 09:04

    If the team will deliver the results, why not. Besides someone always loses out and thats the game, DEAL WITH IT!!!!

  • SportSouth - 2009-11-01 11:12

    What position is Earl Rose going to play in? Or is he again just accompanying the team to watch the team's luggage - like the previous time?

  • rico - 2009-11-01 11:12

    Earl Rose...........???????????? struggling to think of a word that describes what one would call the last player in the world you would consider to wear the bok he better than joe pietersen..or is joe going to struggle with brent russel syndrome

  • Cullart - 2009-11-01 11:50

    I agree bout earl Rose. Not sure if Aplon is ready yet for internationals. and heard on TV that Mapoe signed a sevens contarct. IMO Mapoe is probably the best wing is SA on present form. The commment bout 2nd and 3rd choices making the squad is that they are simply not given opportunities. Kuun is a overrated hooker. Liebenberg is far better.what bout Francis and Sarl pretorious.

  • leeu - 2009-11-02 09:09

    I am a Lion and i would gladly give Earl rose `s spot to any one of the 2 Cheetah wings which played, Jurius, or Makoe.. They are younger, and surely must be an ultimately better success than Earl, How many more chances would they give him?

  • aubrey - 2009-11-02 09:19

    this team has political connitations rose what a joke

  • aubrey - 2009-11-02 09:22

    this team has political connitations rose what a joke

  • Retha - 2009-11-02 14:09

    Enigiemand daar buite wat lig kan werp op die bewerings dat Die Earl familie is van Die Coach? Nic het genoem dat daar glo bande is tussen die Rose'e en 'n familielid van Div, maar ek verstaan van iemand anders dat Earl se pa glo getroud is met 'n suster van Div. Indien daar geen familie- of hegte vriendskapsbande tussen die twee is nie, wat het Earl van die veld af gedoen wat gemaak het dat Div hom 'n plek in die span skuld? Wat dit ook al mag wees wat hom die plek besorg het, het hy beslis nie op die rugbyveld gedoen nie!

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