Opening Bok tour team named

2009-11-02 13:48

Johannesburg - The Springbok starting XV to face Leicester in the opening tour match at Welford Road on Friday includes five uncapped players and nine players who were involved in the team’s 2009 Tri-Nations campaign.

The team will be captained by hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle, who last captained a Springbok team against a World XV, also in Leicester, in 2006.

Loose forwards Dewald Potgieter and Ashley Johnson, scrumhalf Heini Adams, centre Juan de Jongh and fullback Earl Rose will make their debuts for the Springboks whilst other newcomers to the squad – hooker Bandise Maku, lock Alistair Hargreaves, flank Davon Raubenheimer, scrumhalf Francois Hougaard and fullback Riaan Viljoen are likely to earn their first caps from the bench.

The squad of 22 includes 12 players with Test experience who between them have earned 186 caps. Those who were part of the Tri-Nations squad are front-rankers Gurthro Steenkamp, captain Chiliboy Ralepelle, and Jannie du Plessis, locks Danie Rossouw and Andries Bekker, flank Heinrich Brüssow, flyhalf Ruan Pienaar, centre Wynand Olivier and wing Odwa Ndungane.

The match marks a return for wing Jongi Nokwe, who last played in the third Test against the British & Irish Lions in July, as well as for centre Meyer Bosman and prop Heinke van der Merwe, who last represented the Springboks in 2006 and 2007 respectively and have been included on the bench.

There are a total of 10 uncapped players in the match 22, six of whom have previously played for the Emerging Springboks – Potgieter, Adams, Rose, Maku and Raubenheimer, who faced the British & Irish Lions in 2009, and Johnson, at the IRB Nations Cup in 2008.

Centre De Jongh has played for the Springbok Sevens team, whilst Hargreaves and Hougaard have represented South Africa at Under-19 and Under-21 levels.

“Our focus is fully on the Leicester match because it is important that we get the tour off to a good start,” said Springbok coach Peter de Villiers.

“It is also important that we strive to give all of the newcomers game time in the opener. It is also great to have a host of players in the 22 that have played at Test level and can use their experience to assist the newcomers to settle quickly.

“Leicester will be tough opponents. They have been consistently good for the past few seasons and are one of the top club teams in the Northern Hemisphere,” de Villiers said.

Leicester Tigers are the defending Premiership champions, having beaten London Irish in the 2008/09 final in May this year. They are currently lying fourth in the 2009/10 standings after seven matches.

Friday’s match at Welford Road kicks off at 21:45 SA time.

Springbok team:

15 Earl Rose (uncapped)
14 Odwa Ndungane (6)
13 Juan de Jongh (uncapped)
12 Wynand Olivier (24)
11 Jongi Nokwe (4)
10 Ruan Pienaar (35)
9 Heini Adams (uncapped)
8 Ashley Johnson (uncapped)
7 Dewald Potgieter (uncapped) 
6 Heinrich Brüssow (10)
5 Andries Bekker (18)
4 Danie Rossouw (43)
3 Jannie du Plessis (12)
2 Chiliboy Ralepelle (captain) (8)
1 Gurthro Steenkamp (22)


16 Bandise Maku (uncapped)
17 Heinke van der Merwe (1)
18 Alistair Hargreaves (uncapped)
19 Davon Raubenheimer (uncapped)
20 Francois Hougaard (uncapped)
21 Meyer Bosman (3)
22 Riaan Viljoen (uncapped)


  • Andy - 2009-11-02 13:53

    How can caps be awarded for playing a club team???

  • Oros - 2009-11-02 13:59

    Ons gaan pak kry, hahahahaha

  • Hedgehog - 2009-11-02 14:03

    Strange, I wonder who would be the starting flank now that Brussouw is in the week team? I suppose Kankowski seems to be only one left over that would be capable of playing loose trio with Schalk and Spies. Not the best choice IMO after Brussouw's solid Currie Cup and Tri Nations.

  • Robert - 2009-11-02 14:04

    Yeah Rose! That is it, now remember the poles that are behind all the springbok players is NOT where you score! The Tigers have the Coke on their side!

  • N_jay - 2009-11-02 14:04

    Any team is as good as its weakest link = Earl Rose

  • msa - 2009-11-02 14:06

    Maku a reserve's reserve is still a reserve even as a bok, What team did Ralepelle last lead....And as for the 9.10 combination not in my wildest dreams would i have pictured those two linking up, The loose forwards all good but not together as one unit, Who is the physical basher of the lot? The last line of defence is more renowed for comical errors then structured rugby, Once the rain starts dreatching the field and a long clearance is needed i wonder where it will come from, Let alone who will kick for poles? I dont see any distinguished kickers in this lot.....

  • PW Botha - 2009-11-02 14:07

    Earl Rose..i thought previously everytime they referred to this oke they called him a Bok,WTF? This is an opportunity for him to show us RSA what he's made of,steel or tik.Too many colored players in this team.

  • eugene - 2009-11-02 14:08

    Thats looks more like the C team.... I hope the wannabe Springboks loose, terrible selections = Rose, Ndungane, Nokwe, Chilliboy (capt???), Roussouw... They dont even have good replacements for when things go wrong.

  • Niel - 2009-11-02 14:08

    Does this mean Brussouw is dropped? The loosies for first test therefore is Burger, Kankowski and Spies.

  • Hedgehog - 2009-11-02 14:09

    Andy, they won't/shouldn't get caps. There was an article last week saying the week (weak) team won't get Springbok blazers. I guess that means caps too. I don't think the article is correct with regards to that.

  • @Andy - 2009-11-02 14:09

    Caps are NOT awarded for club games

  • Robert - 2009-11-02 14:09

    Chilliboy with no leadership experience in professional rugby is captain! Why not Potgieter who captained the emerging boks? This team is purely a colour decision, far more deserving guys out there. AA will never end. And yes... for all those people who call me a racist for my comment... correct! TIGERS will whip this team............. FACT!

  • Colin - 2009-11-02 14:10

    Here's to a successful start!! Am more than a bit concerned about the back three!! Expect an aerial bombardment!! Hope Earl and the two wings can cope??? I always thought that only the best were selected for Springbok tours? Clearly, this is no longer the case! Good luck to the boys in green anyway...

  • JR - 2009-11-02 14:10

    As far as I know, caps will only be awarded in an official test match on this tour.

  • Robert - 2009-11-02 14:12

    @ Andy... None of the players get a cap for playing a club team, the same as when playing against the Barbarians...

  • Cynm - 2009-11-02 14:13

    I seriously hope that the inclusion of Heinrich Brüssow in this starting XV team doesn't mean that Schalk Burger will be chosen as first choice no. 6 ahead of him. What more can Brüssow do to prove that he's a better player than Burger?

  • Banana - 2009-11-02 14:14

    Chilliboy Capt? ha ha

  • Wilbur Kookmeyer - 2009-11-02 14:14

    How can a cap be awarded to Earl Rose?

  • Bok 1906 - 2009-11-02 14:18

    With the exception of Rose, Nokwe and Johnson, thats a pretty solid side. I would like to see Hougaard at 11, Ryan Kankowski at 8, and they can pull the first springbok jersey they spot in the crowd to replace Rose. Must be a bit of a worry for Brussow to be in this team, I though Schalk could do with some game time.

  • Bruinouzen - 2009-11-02 14:19

    They don't get caps.... only for the International matches... This is precisely the reason these guys get taken on the tour to get them used to touring with the Springboks and into the culture of the team...

  • Dude - 2009-11-02 14:20

    Andy They wont recieve a Springbok cap for the week games only tests played. There is a K@K trend developing in our team selections where the bench doesnt compliment the team, three international caps on the bench in this team, once we start making changes our game starts going backwards - not cleaver no matter who you play

  • Kobus - 2009-11-02 14:22

    The same way as on the field for 3 min than it is a test cap and after 20 times of 3 min on the field you are an experience test player. That is one of the reasons that will not and can not support and anc so springbok/protea team

  • Kalla - 2009-11-02 14:23

    The back three won't work! Only Odwa means something. Our loose forwards are great, but what a pity, this indicates that Brussouw who is currently the best flank in the world, has lost his place to a chap that has been out of the picture for a few months now!! rediculous!

  • Chris - 2009-11-02 14:23

    In other words, the useless Adi Jacobs is the new inside centre. What a joke...

  • Lee - 2009-11-02 14:24

    andy......didnt u know. if rose doesnt earn a cap now he never will!

  • p divvy - 2009-11-02 14:26

    Pdivvy is an aboslute moron! pick players on merit? what a load of bull.

  • DAMON - 2009-11-02 14:28


  • time to turn the corner.. - 2009-11-02 14:28

    ..great selection.Hope the guys use the opportunity to push for starting line places.

  • Viv - 2009-11-02 14:29

    Oh well it was nice to win while we were winning I suppose. Now we will jsut lose with the like of Rose included in the squad. Oh well suppose you cant win them all. Wonder when we will get a real coach for the Bok team?

  • Bren - 2009-11-02 14:32

    Rose does not deserve to be there he must earn his place and he has not done that the rest of the team is OK

  • Info - 2009-11-02 14:33

    Oh yes, I forgot.. you don't have to do in order to get somewhere to make the springbok team.. you don't have to play any games and having injuries might be a bonus point to become the captain.Even if you a previous caught druggie you will make the team like earl rose, can't even catch a ball, but, due to being friends with pvd, why not?SA is becoming a absolutely a joke!

  • Marius - 2009-11-02 14:33

    Does this mean Adi Jacobs will be the new test no. 12. The French must be licking their lips in anticipation.

  • Robert - 2009-11-02 14:34

    Probable Tiger Team: 15 Scott Hamilton 14 Johne Murphy 13 Anthony Allen 12 Billy Twelvetrees 11 Lote Tuqiri 10 Jeremy Staunton 9 James Grindal 8 Jordan Crane 7 Lewis Moody 6 Tom Croft 5 Ben Kay 4 Louis Deacon 3 Julian White 2 George Chuter 1 Marcos Ayerza Good luck scrumming against Julian White!!!!!!

  • WEEPEE - 2009-11-02 14:35

    Earl Rose ?? I would rather have Joost at fullback sniffing the white chalk !

  • Tony - 2009-11-02 14:37

    @Andy - I think they're referring to Springbok caps and not official Test Caps. Can't wait for this game though, the prospect of Pienaar, Olivier and de Jong playing alongside each other is exciting. Pity we couldn't have someone else at fullback because Rose doesn't deserve the opportunity to play there

  • fraud - 2009-11-02 14:43

    Robert, I bet you're still bitter over PDV's recent success. You'll get over it dude. But I suppose in the meantime the rest of us will have to endure your manure.

  • Robert - 2009-11-02 14:45

    If SA Rugby really has to have a black captain, why not select Jonathan Mokoena?? Far more derserving than Chilliboy!

  • Dr Fil - 2009-11-02 14:48

    Good Luck, Bokke. Brussouw? Strange selection. Dewald Potgieter should have been captain - he showed great leadership for emerging boks against B&I Lions

  • wynand - 2009-11-02 14:52

    ja ne thats quota for you

  • LST - 2009-11-02 14:52

    Luckily these guys don't get caps. What an insult to all previous Boks it would be to see Earl Rose and that Potgieter guy get Bok caps.

  • malema - 2009-11-02 14:53

    8 players of colour in the begin 15. Just another 7 to go for an all black team...

  • StuartW - 2009-11-02 14:55

    Does this mean that AD is going to start next to Jaque in the test?

  • Trevor - 2009-11-02 14:58

    Playing Earl Rose is like giving the opposition a 6 point start.

  • Bok-kerrop - 2009-11-02 14:59

    ...the Boks will have a quota player as captain... ..what a joke.. He he he he..!! ...hope they lose...

  • Spliff - 2009-11-02 15:00

    Hier kom die...... bokke? Eerder 'n pakslae as ek so na die span keuse kyk.

  • don't know all - 2009-11-02 15:03

    Brüssow doesn't need to prove anything. He is the best looseforward SA currently have. Rose is there to be the flower in the team... don't think he will ever by bok quality. unless we loose zane, terblanche Ruan pienaar... Then to all the guys who complains agains the weekly team. if Div decide 2 months to start experrience with palyers for the WC2012 how up and arms wouldn't you have been. let him take a team and let them play win or loose. We can then see who we can select for the next 2011 to bring back the trophy...

  • Brendon - 2009-11-02 15:15

    Earl Rose???? What a shocker... This proves that quotas have to be met... Any rugby supporter in the country would agree that there are at least 5 better players for No 15 than Earl Rose...

  • AdR - 2009-11-02 15:16

    Can not see the Rose potential (sorry)

  • dumpie - 2009-11-02 15:16

    give the C team a chance to play..we want the A team well rested when we go up against France ect ect.. and they best not lose!!! they wearing the green jersey with a Bok emblem!! they best not forget it!

  • hmm - 2009-11-02 15:17

    Wow!!!!! Win or lose, this is a serious PR loss. Derick Kuun is overlooked in favour of Bandise Maku and Mahlatse Ralepelle?? To make matters even worse, Mahlatse Ralepelle is make captain over one of his provincial captains, Dewald Potgieter?? Ralepelle is 2nd choice in his position at the Bulls. Dewald is 1st choice and has captained the other Bull's 1st choices who are in this team. He has performed as a stand-in captain and a player, but can Mahlatse Ralepelle say the same thing?