Nine new caps in Bok squad

2009-10-31 20:02

Johannesburg - The Springbok selectors have included nine new caps in the squad of 37 that will tour Europe in November.

The tour includes Test matches against France, Italy and Ireland as well as two midweek matches, against English Premiership teams Leicester and Saracens.

The touring squad also includes five players who have been recalled while the balance of 23 players is the bulk of the squad that won the 2009 Tri-Nations tournament.

The newcomers to the Springbok squad are Blue Bulls scrumhalf Heini Adams, Western Province centre Juan de Jongh, Sharks lock Alistair Hargreaves, Blue Bulls utility back Francois Hougaard, Cheetahs eighthman Ashley Johnson, Blue Bulls hooker Bandise Maku, Blue Bulls flank Dewald Potgieter, who captained the Emerging Springboks against the British & Irish Lions in June, Griquas flank Davon Raubenheimer and Griquas fullback Riaan Viljoen.

Those who have been recalled are Blue Bulls fullback Zane Kirchner and Cheetahs wing Jongi Nokwe, who both played in the third Test against the British & Irish Lions in July but were excluded from the Tri-Nations squad, Cheetahs centre Meyer Bosman, who was in the SA XV that faced Namibia in May and last played a Test in 2006, Lions fullback Earl Rose, who toured Europe in 2008 and also featured in the Namibia match, and Lions prop Heinke van der Merwe, who played one Test match in 2007.

Western Province lock Andries Bekker and Sharks wing JP Pietersen, who were injured during the Tri-Nations away leg, both return to the squad. The five players who are not included from the group of 28 that did duty during the Tri-Nations are Vodacom Cheetahs flank Juan Smith, who was not considered due to injury, Western Province scrumhalf Ricky Januarie, who was not considered, Jean de Villiers and Frans Steyn, who are playing for clubs in Ireland and France respectively, and Sharks lock Johann Muller, who was called to replace the injured Bekker towards the end of the Tri-Nations away campaign.

Commenting on the selection, Springbok coach Peter de Villiers said: “We will go on tour with a strong core of players who have reached great heights this season, but we are under no illusions about the challenges we face.

“We have three tough Test matches -- France beat the All Blacks in New Zealand earlier this year and are always tough opponents at home, Italy were competitive away from home against the All Blacks and the Wallabies, whilst Ireland are the reigning Six Nations champions.

“We do, however, have a fairly settled Test team that boasts a significant number of caps and is well experienced with some very cool heads. But, what we have achieved so far will have little bearing and we will be starting from scratch as we try to put the seal on a very successful season”.

De Villiers added that the nine newcomers to the squad had been recognized for their performances during the 2009 Absa Currie Cup.

“All of them put their hands up during the Currie Cup,” he said. “There are others who may consider themselves unlucky not to have made it but it’s an indication of our depth that we were forced to leave some very good players at home.

“We will use this tour to expose the new players to our team dynamic and culture as well as to allow them an opportunity to play at a higher level and perhaps even challenge for a place in the test 22”.

De Villiers said the five-match tour would also allow him the opportunity to assess various players, particularly at inside centre and fullback in the wake of the departure of Jean de Villiers and Frans Steyn.

“There are a host of players who are capable of challenging for these two positions, but at the same time we will continue to reassess ourselves in all positions to ensure that we are strong in every aspect of the game,” de Villiers said.

The squad of 37 will assemble in Johannesburg on Monday, November 2, with the Springbok team for the midweek matches departing for the UK on Tuesday, November 3. The remaining players will remain in South Africa and depart for France on Tuesday, November 10.

Springbok touring squad: (Test caps in brackets)

Forwards (20):

John Smit – Sharks, Captain (90)
Victor Matfield - Blue Bulls, Vice-Captain (89)
Andries Bekker - Western Province (18)
Bakkies Botha - VBlue Bulls (63)
Heinrich Brüssow - VCheetahs (10)
Schalk Burger – Western Province (53)
Bismarck du Plessis - Sharks (30)
Jannie du Plessis - Sharks (12)
+ Alistair Hargreaves - Sharks (-)
+ Ashley Johnson - Cheetahs (-)
Ryan Kankowski -  Sharks (10)
+ Bandise Maku - Blue Bulls (-)
Tendai Mtawarira - Sharks (19)
+ Dewald Potgieter - Blue Bulls (-)
Chiliboy Ralepelle - Blue Bulls (8)
+ Davon Raubenheimer – Griquas (-)
Danie Rossouw - Blue Bulls (43)
Pierre Spies - Blue Bulls (28)
Gurthro Steenkamp - Blue Bulls (22)
* Heinke van der Merwe - Lions (1)

Backs (17)

+Heini Adams – Blue Bulls (-)
* Meyer Bosman - Cheetahs (3)
+ Juan de Jongh - Western Province (-)
Fourie du Preez - Blue Bulls (52)
Jaque Fourie - Lions (51)
Bryan Habana - Blue Bulls (54)
+ Francois Hougaard - Blue Bulls (-)
Adi Jacobs - Sharks (28)
* Zane Kirchner - Blue Bulls (1)
Odwa Ndungane - Sharks (6)
* Jongi Nokwe - Cheetahs (4)
Wynand Olivier - Blue Bulls (24)
Ruan Pienaar - Sharks (35)
JP Pietersen - Sharks (30)
* Earl Rose - Lions (-)
Morne Steyn - Blue Bulls (9)
+ Riaan Viljoen – Griquas (-)

+ Denotes new cap
* Denotes recalled to squad

Springbok Tour fixtures:

November 6 vs Leicester at Welford Road - SA 21:45)
November 13 TEST vs France at Municipal Stadium, Toulouse - SA 21:45)
November 17 vs Saracens at Wembley Stadium - SA 21:45)
November 21 TEST vs Italy at Stadio Friuli, Udine - SA 16:00)
November 28 TEST vs Ireland at Croke Park, Dublin - SA 16:30)


  • Priester - 2009-10-31 20:09

    Twakkie, I would love to know what Earl Rose has done to be selected!?!? Sheeeeees man he is one of the plonkers of the year!! Something is seriously wrong and I think he or papa has got some hold on you!!! Rest of the team is OK

  • Koos - 2009-10-31 20:18

    Earl Rose?????????????????

  • Koos - 2009-10-31 20:21

    Earl Rose would not even make the Ukrainian 3rd side!!

  • Players on Performance - 2009-10-31 20:24

    Helium jy kan maar net nie laat vaar met Chili en Earl nie? Hulle haal nie eers die 3de beste in hulle Provinsies nie en kies hulle nogal op die seisoen se "performance" Jys 'n PATEET !

  • Al - 2009-10-31 20:25

    Earl Rose but no Joe Pietersen??? The rest looks a good mix.

  • bakkies - 2009-10-31 20:25

    what a shit team chosen on colour! sis

  • bakkies - 2009-10-31 20:26

    what a shit team chosen on colour! sis

  • Pads - 2009-10-31 20:30

    ......and Januarie will be watching from his prison cell this time !!

  • Peter - 2009-10-31 20:30

    Earl Rose, Ndugane, Heinke??? Seriously!! I mean Mapoe left out, in favour of carthorse Ndugane, and what has heinke done whilst being injured??? lost all respect for these selectors!!!

  • WEER_PRETORIA! - 2009-10-31 20:39

    LOL ja nee Koos, jy kan dit weer se... 15 BULLE - cus they are what champions are made of!! Gratz on bringing the cup home boys! - you are officially the best SA rugby team ever!

  • WP man - 2009-10-31 20:39

    Earl Rose??? A useless player. What a disgrace. Joe Pietersen has been robbed! To add insult to injury, only 3 players for the WP, but n less than 10 players from the Sharks. Well, well, well.

  • Dup - 2009-10-31 20:44

    Patetiese keuses! Period! Earl Rose en Bandise Maku is net ingesluit op grond van hul kleur. Maku is die Bulls se 3 de keuse op haker en hy word gekies! PDV jy moet jou nuwe talent reg kies. Meyer Bosman was nog nooit Springbok gehalte nie. Nokwe haal nie eens die Cheetah span nie, maar jy kies hom? Waar is die Vrystaatse voorry wat puik geskrum het vandag teen die Bulls en twee weke terug teen die Springbok voorry? Nou kies jy vir Guthro wat vanmiddag geknak het teen die Cheetah voorry. Ek het geen probleem met die ou staatmakers in die span nie, maar sou eerder met nuwe talent ouens soos Lionel Mapoe en Joe Pietersen daar wou sien.

  • Johann - 2009-10-31 20:44

    Good side as always - can't go wrong with selecting the Tri-Nations champs, but why no Jano Vermaak? and I have to agree Earl doesn't deserve a call.

  • LUNGELO - 2009-10-31 20:46

    injuryboy, earl plonker,adi dropgoals,

  • semperfimamba - 2009-10-31 20:46

    Earl, Hargreaves, Maku...but no Deysel no Pietersen no Mapoe....this is a effin joke! I really pissed at the fact Deysel didnt get the nod, who/what can Dewald do that Deysel cant? I'll tell you PDV what Dewald cant do, he cant steal as many balls as Deysel and he cant gain as much ground as Deysel and he aint as physical and Deysel. A travesty....but i still hope they kick ass.

  • Johan - 2009-10-31 20:46

    I am now - more than ever before - convinced that Earl Rose is De Villiers's love child from somewhere in the distant past.

  • Rugby Supporter - 2009-10-31 20:53

    Hi What a many young quality hookers. SA Rugby is becoming a joke......what next...Earl rose.....The selectors must really must have had a dop.......

  • Sportsguy - 2009-10-31 20:55

    Ek sien geen rede hoekom ons nou ewe skielik vir Pieter Div moet kritiseer nie. Hyt nog nie die Suid-Afrikaanse publiek in die steek gelaat nie. Hy gaan net van goed tot beter met sy resultate. Jul moet onthou daar word drie midweek games ook gespeel. Dus moet Pieter hul juis 'n paar nuwelinge saamvant om hul uit te toets. Die huidige core van staatmakers gaan nie vir altyd jonk bly nie. Die volgende 2 spelers se insluiting is net vir my duister Alistair Hargreaves en Bandise Maku. Wat van Steven Sykes, Tiaan Liebenberg en Adriaan Strauss?

  • Province - 2009-10-31 20:56

    Joe Peterson has in all aspects been a more outstanding player then Kirchner. during the Currie Cup season WP forwards once, and almost twice walked away with the starsprankled forwards of the Bulls and yet only 2 forwards make the team !!

  • Deon Muller - 2009-10-31 21:00

    I do not think that Earl Rose belongs in this group. That said I wish them all strength, speed, agility and wisdom.

  • ouklip - 2009-10-31 21:03

    Why pick Earl Rose when there are so many good fullbacks around. Joe Pietersen is a good example. In the real world he will be the choice. What happened to Ricky?

  • Johan - 2009-10-31 21:06

    It is definitely more difficult for Earl Rose to get out of the team than to get into it!!!!! He can do maybe as a water carrier, he already got the outfit.

  • Priester @ bakkies - 2009-10-31 21:06

    Bakkies, we have outgrown that color bullshit it is time to move on. Please don’t ruin our sport with your uneducated comments and open a new can of worms. All the players (except Rose) are worthy of the call up. Your attitude stinks.

  • Rugbyfan - 2009-10-31 21:07

    Het enige een van julle vir Joe Pieterson 'n tackle sien maak??? Eks regtig bly hy is oor gesien...Earl Rose ja wat kan 'n man sê? Hy verdien dit defnitief nie!

  • Bok supporter - 2009-10-31 21:07

    Earl Rose?????? WTF is wrong with you ???? The rest is fine. Where is Joe Pietersen?

  • Sharks supporter - 2009-10-31 21:10

    Hey, I don't see any decent full-back in the team! Will the job go to Ruan Pienaar who is a natural scrumhalf? Or maybe Kankowski who is big, tall, good under the high ball, and fast enough to play no. 15, and probably find touch most of the time with the help of the kicking coach. Will oom Stefan Terblanche get a late call-up? Wrong Sharks lock got picked, Hargreaves instead of Sykes. Why was youngster Mapoe from Vrystaat left out? We will be targeted at full-back, epecially by France.

  • Dons - 2009-10-31 21:11

    What do you want to do with Rose and that useless hooker Chillyboy, Carry bags?

  • Peter Earl Rose - 2009-10-31 21:28

    SARB please buy PdV a BMW (like the members of Parliament) also a pair of binoculars and a Moerse big TV so he can get around and see CLEARLY which players have ability and talent. I dont think there is anyone that can truthfully say, that judging on performance throughout the Curry Cup Season, Earl Rose deserves to be chosen ahead of Joe Petersen from WP. Joe Petersen is an extremely talented rugby player who stuck his arms up in every match, whereas Earl Rose is a far less and very confused player that has tatooed his name on PdV,s brain

  • What the... - 2009-10-31 21:30

    What, this is so blatant on colour. Where is Adriaan Strauss, Tiaan Liebenberg or even Derek Quun. This is bullsh1t.Earl Rose, now its really rediculous. If you want to play race play it clever Helium. There is enough good black players to fill your quota.F@#$@$in idiots!

  • Ruan - 2009-10-31 21:30

    Earl....who...??? Seriously....i wanna meet this "new cap"....never heard his name....never seen him play ! The Irish are waiting for you....remember what happened a few years ago in Dublin.....

  • derek - 2009-10-31 21:45

    why choose players that don't even make their 1st Provincial side ?? Once again players chosen on colour and not on merit - when will we get past that ?? Unfortunately De Villiers is getting the right results so will continue this way until he lands on his backside !! Hope that happens soon, rather than later.

  • Chrisdup - 2009-10-31 21:50

    Earl...Heinke....Bandise......Meyer Bosman........Adi Jacobs...... soos my Lebanese vriende sal se ( en verskoon die spelling)"... Ja eire..... wat de #$%$##$%% soek die klomp in die span ???????????????????? Die laaste keer wat Heinke gespeel het was die dag toe Captain Morgan nog 'n flippen K@Khuis offisier was..... Vlou Rose, is nou maar net plein weg shyte..... Meerkat Bosman is een van daardie senter wat eers die bal pass en dan kyk of iemand die bal gevang het....Adi, well, soos my ma altyd gese het, as jy nie iets goed kan se oor iemand nie, bly eerder stil......... need I say more ??? Bandise.... Wel, ek is jammer ou maat, maar jy is nie goed genoeg nie, hoe jy bo iemand soo Tiaan Liebenberg of Richard Strause gekies kan word sal net jy en die Moeder Maria aleen weet, want ek flippen weet nie... Anyway...... soos my jagmaat altyd se voordat ons in die veld ingaan om te jag..... "GOOD LUCK"... wat ons het dit nodig.....

  • Gus - 2009-10-31 21:56

    I am glad "Luke the puke" was left out again. I have to admit he is a good player but his comments have well and truly buried him!!!

  • UNHAPPG BOK FAN - 2009-10-31 21:57

    this is a pathetic political team .... well done dewald you deserve your call up. why are there not more of the emerging boks in the full back .. no back up fly half... 4 scrummies ???? WTF have the selectors been drinking... EARL ROSE HAS SHOWN TIME AND TIME AGAIN HE CAN NOT HANDLE THE BIG LEAGUE...... PDV HAS LOST ALL MY RESPECT

  • Greg - 2009-10-31 22:09

    Hard luck Joe Pietersen - think the side it worse for it. Looking forward to seeing how these selecters defend their choice in Earl Rose. Bet they won't risk playing him. Good luck boys- make us proud!

  • Spokie - 2009-10-31 22:18

    Het gedog die Danie Craven dae is verby. Wie se seun jy is was toe deurslaggewend. Kan dit waar wees dat Earl Rose Div se kind is. Natuurlik moet daar kleur balans wees maar moet dit so ver gaan?????!!!!!!

  • Etienne - 2009-10-31 22:53

    Team is OK. here are the chnages that PDV must make to prove his comments on selecting in form players Jannie du Plessis - Wian Du Preez Alistair Hargreaves - David De Villiers Ashley Johnson - Francois Louw Ryan Kankowski - Duane Vermeulen Bandise Maku - Tian Liebenberg Heinke van der Merwe - Coenie Oosthuizen Heini Adams – Jano Vermaak Meyer Bosman - Jacues Louis Potgieter Jongi Nokwe - Lionel Mapoe Earl Rose - Joe Peterson Is it just me or are we running low on qaulity centres?

  • Jan - 2009-10-31 22:56

    I want to know what did Rose promice PdV to get selected. He DON"T desurf to be there at ALL. Get writ of him.

  • BIGBULL - 2009-11-01 01:43

    Why are we conuing down the same path as last year again.. selecting randoms which hardly shape in the Currie Cup and putting them in the springboks. Havent we learnt our lesson getting a hiding from Scotland in 2002 and many times from England doing the same thing i mean come on at least show some consistency who is Bandise maku what must kuun do to get a call up and also guys lets let Rose have a game.. when he stuffs up div will be highly embarrased but you never know maybe he might just be the next michalak-have game breaking potential and play high risk rugby because lets face it we need to shuffle tactics now and then.

  • Mark - 2009-11-01 03:48

    Earl Rose is a joke! Come on seriously. I thought April fools jokes only Fall on April the 1st. Token player, thats what i smell again......

  • N_jay - 2009-11-01 05:10

    Earl Rose, Earl Rose jy's die man, jy kan doen wat niemand kan, BECAUSE YOUR K@K!

  • Impi - 2009-11-01 05:22

    PdeV will get Coach of the Year IRB award. Well deserved ! Now, please, get rid of the emblem of oppression. Go Luke !

  • Tommygun - 2009-11-01 05:34

    I hear how healthy South African rugby is and how tough the CC is with so much talent. Then PDV and his selecters pick a midweek squad that is going to backup the regular Boks with an eye on 2011 WC. Well only three things can describe some of their decisions. They are sharing one brain cell, making up the quota numbers or just have shit for brains.

  • vuilgat - 2009-11-01 05:56

    Hey guys, Relax, these guys have not run on a paddock together yet, the older experienced guys will mentor the younger ones, check out some these guys pedigrees? They come from A1 rugby playing schools, where they obviously made their mark and that with some of their bok contemporaries.What Div has done, is plant seeds for the future nursery, thats all.....................Now lets get down to a certain Mr Rose..........Wilts under pressure, thinks he can win matches single handed, similar to Adi Jacobs, in KZN we call Adi "No pass Jacs", Adi cost Sharks place in C.C. final without a flicker of doubt. Back to Rose, when you have a sister "Rose" that PDV is hot for, then PDV and Rose are "virtually" family, a little known secret........... Now can we get on with the tour............

  • glen - 2009-11-01 06:34

    A great 1 st team and a poor quota 2 nd team

  • glen - 2009-11-01 06:48

    Where the lates post's Sleeping late sunday morning

  • Aussie - 2009-11-01 07:08

    Please don't pick the Free State front line - let them immigrate to Oz, and we'll make them international superstars. It seems that the Stormers bought almost every rugby player that is off contract for next year, so we'll take Jo Pietersen as well. Why couldn't Earl Rose have played against us? We might have been in with a chance against Dick Muir's team (Yeah, yeah, we know De Villiers is the figure head, but we also saw who called the shots, both at Subiaco and Ballymore) Still, no worries Mate, she'll be right.

  • Eugene - 2009-11-01 07:09

    Waarvoor al die geraas julle....As PDV 37 nuwe wit spelers gekies het ....sal niemand ge-moan het nie. GEE die man n' kans ...Hy het nog nie ons Rugby in die steek gelaat nie. Come on South African Rugby the team. Go Bokke

  • pieter - 2009-11-01 07:53

    Wat my die meeste bekommer is slotte. Buiten die twee bestes in die wereld is die talent maar dem eina. Hoe gaan die toets-senterkombinasie lyk? En heelagter?

  • Tappies Smit - 2009-11-01 07:55

    Hierdie 'nuwe' Bokspan was glad nie gekies op meriete nie, maar slegs op die politieke geur staan sterk uit. Die meeste Bok-supporters het aanbeweeg oor spelers van kleur, maar om keuses van kleur te maak ten koste van die beste in dul posisies en die beste in hul Provinsies, grens aan die belaglike. Toerspanne moet die beste spelers insluit, maak nie saak watse kleur hulle is nie, maar om die huidige toerspan te ondersteun maak dit moerse moeilik. PdV het verseker 'n 'liefdeskind' - ER, want om daai laaitie te kies(ek hoef nie eens sy naam te noem nie) en ook van sy ander keuses is 'n klap in elke ondersteuner se gesig,want dis ons wat hul salarisse betaal.Die Iere wag in Ierland...en die Franse ook....wees gewaarsku. Jammer aan die spelers wat verdien om daar te wees en nou agterbly, hou jul koppe hoog en wees bly julle is nie deel van so 'n patetiese spul regstellende span nie...PdV se keuses maak die Groen en Goud goedkoop en belaglik.