Big guns back for Wallabies

2011-10-07 08:03

Wellington - Australia coach Robbie Deans has named his strongest possible team to play reigning champions South Africa in their Rugby World Cup quarter-final on Sunday.

Fullback Kurtley Beale, wing Digby Ioane and inside centre Pat McCabe all return from injuries, three of seven changes to the side that beat Russia 68-22 in its final Pool C match last weeek.

Beale replaces injured wing Drew Mitchell, with James O'Connor relocating back to the right wing, McCabe steps in for Berrick Barnes, while Ioane resumes in the place of stand-in Radike Samo, who returns to his favoured No 8 berth.

Samo's return to the back of the scrum is one of five changes to the forwards, with flank Rocky Elsom, second row Dan Vickerman, tighthead prop Ben Alexander and loosehead prop Sekope Kepu all reinstated.

"We've gone with the players, and the combinations, which have served us best through the year to date," Wallabies coach Robbie Deans said after the team was announced on Friday.

"Obviously injury, and managing individual player workloads, has been a factor in selection through the tournament so far, but fortunately a lot of the injury problems that we've had are now behind us.

"The players that are coming back into the team after breaks are good to go."

While Australia have won four of their last five Tests against South Africa, Deans insisted those results were "irrelevant".

"All that matters is Sunday," the former All Black said. "The winner goes on, the loser goes home.

"Taking comfort from previous games is the quickest path way to the airport! The knock out phases of the World Cup are completely different to every other type of rugby we play: the stakes are higher, the intensity greater and the margins between success and failure smaller.

"We've seen that to some extent already in the tournament through the key pool matches and you can pretty much guarantee that it will all only intensify from here."

Deans added: "South Africa still has the core group from the last World Cup together. They know what it takes to be successful in knockout rugby and know how to close out the tight games.

"They've already shown that in this tournament when they came from behind to beat Wales by a point (17-16).

"They have a group which has the knowledge and belief that it can get things done. They will bring that mentality forward with them on Sunday. If we are going to earn the right to advance to the next round, we have to match it."



15 Kurtley Beale, 14 James O'Connor, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Pat McCabe, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia; 8 Radike Samo, 7 David Pocock, 6 Rocky Elsom, 5 James Horwill (captain), 4 Dan Vickerman, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Sekope Kepu

Substitutes: 16 Tatafu Polota Nau, 17 James Slipper, 18 Nathan Sharpe, 19 Ben McCalman, 20 Luke Burgess, 21 Berrick Barnes, 22 Anthony Fainga'a

South Africa: 

15 Pat Lambie, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Danie Rossouw, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 John Smit (captain), 1 Gurthro Steenkamp

Replacements: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Willem Alberts, 19 Francois Louw, 20 Francois Hougaard, 21 Butch James, 22 Gio Aplon

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  • Tools1 - 2011-10-07 08:08

    Thats right Baby. We ARE the Wold Champs!!!!!!!!

      Uber1 - 2011-10-07 08:16


      AjAxxxx - 2011-10-07 08:19

      Who's we? You and you're mom sitting in SA?

      Sparkys - 2011-10-07 08:57

      Should read..."Big Gays back for Wallies"

      Uber1 - 2011-10-07 09:25

      If you look closely ,you will see Tools's pic is a Kuala, i dont understand all the dislikes', I'm Proudly SA, go bokke!

      Renny Meere - 2011-10-07 11:14

      This Wallaby team is a very good team with an even better coach to lead them, its gonna be major win if we can beat them, I almost rate them better than NZ. Best of luck bokke, we're behind you, make us proud

      Carl Muller - 2011-10-07 11:42

      Agree, but only if we keep on winning.,.....

      Johnny-BB - 2011-10-07 11:43

      ...2011 World Champs = All Blacks..!!! .........Go all Blacks..!!!

      Shawn - 2011-10-07 11:47

      its koala and not Kuala as in Lumpur... only a kok oooops i meant BOK!!!

      Jiggabu - 2011-10-07 13:47

      @JohnnyBB - You should leave...

      722 - 2011-10-07 20:02

      Tou have to earn the right to be the World Champs

      Clark Kent - 2011-10-07 21:07

      Your front row are all soft kocks with no mobility got drilled by the All Blacks, and the Wallabies in the tri nations

  • Stephan Fourie - 2011-10-07 08:14

    Welcome home #bokke, see you next week in JHB...

      Makatees - 2011-10-07 08:21

      Stephan,tik en wim is nie goed vir jou nie,gaan sien jou sielkundige

      alastairej - 2011-10-07 08:46

      nee Stephan dis waaron dinge so sleg gaan.

      Erich Endzeit - 2011-10-07 08:57

      stfu traitor...GO BOKS!

      Nibiru - 2011-10-07 10:02

      I hope the Pumas give us a better game than the Aussies

      wperold - 2011-10-07 12:34

      You on drugs Stephan!

  • Makatees - 2011-10-07 08:16

    HKGK,maar Bokke sal dit maak ,Bokke met 6

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-10-07 08:30

      I also give the BOK'S the winning margine of 3 or 6.... unless OZ comes back with that DREADED DROP KICK in the DYING SECONDS... We are in for a KILLER OF A MATCH!!!! Will be rooting for the Bok's.....

      Andre - 2011-10-07 12:40


  • Gomez - 2011-10-07 08:17

    OOOOohhhh..I smell too many changes for men in yellow!Go BOKKE!!!!!!

  • Anneleen - 2011-10-07 08:18 need big guns, 'cause the Boks are big game...go Bokke!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jeff - 2011-10-07 08:24

    I must say that im a fan of Digby Ioane. What capture's me the most is his attitude compared to most Wallabies. But I also have to add by saying, this time he's in the wrong team against the right team. Sorry Digby, keep up with your attitude, but this one belongs to the Mighty Springboks... Score: SA 12- 3 AUS; SA 28- 13 AUS Go Bokke

      Bateleur - 2011-10-07 11:41

      I agree. He's a legend. I rate him as probably the best wing in the world!

      Johnny-BB - 2011-10-07 11:52

      ...Protea-flower-team 15 - 29 Wallabies..... ...........Go All Blacks..!!!

  • Ya Beauty! - 2011-10-07 08:26

    Deans got sucked in, Barnes, and Shapie should have started but the Boks sucked him in.....Battles are won before the fight begins, this fight the Boks have won, Boks by 8

  • Anchorman - 2011-10-07 08:26

    all what I say dont count your chickens before they hatch, If the Boks win then I wanna see look on those that doubted the Bokke

      Howzitekse - 2011-10-07 08:31


      Makatees - 2011-10-07 08:41

      You meant to say ,After sundays game when the Boks win............................

      Shadow - 2011-10-07 09:38

      Is the tickets for the Wales vs SA final available yet? :-)

      Bateleur - 2011-10-07 11:46

      Shadow, make that SA vs Ire :)

  • keibees9 - 2011-10-07 08:28


      Storm Bru - 2011-10-07 09:20

      I agree. Perhaps third place teams could be in a semi-final and then final match to decide the top minnow. Teams like Samoa, Tonga, Scotland and Italy would have a chance to earn something. And they are not bad teams either. Scotland almost beat England and Argentina. Samoa almost beat Wales and SA and Tonga beat France so pretty decent teams.

      Shawn - 2011-10-07 11:50

      similar to the way the sevens tournament is run with different honors in each division... like your idea!!!

  • Ooopss!! - 2011-10-07 08:38

    We shall see...

  • gizmoza - 2011-10-07 08:50

    @Stephan Fourie, why dont you support another sport then. If you not willing to back your country 100% then your support aint wanted!

      jacques - 2011-10-07 10:58

      @Gizmoza, why should @stephan fourie support this cANCer ridden country just because of the RWC? Are you really that naive, or blind - when all is over, it will be back to the basics: rape, murder, corruption, etc, etc. This is no longer your country, mate. It belongs to the ANC!!!!!!!

      gizmoza - 2011-10-07 12:46

      @jacques We live in this country, and the sport we support and the team we follow does not have to be compared to politics. Why do we have to as individuals not support a team because the ANC is messing up! Is that fair on the players that train and play for their country?? Is it the players and staff that make the decisions when it comes to politics? I dont think so... The springboks are one of the things we can be proud of, and if that brings happiness to individuals then that is a good thing! If you choose not to support them because of the ANC, then that is utter ignorance!

      Lauren - 2011-10-07 13:39

      Jacques, go sit in your corner and be miz be yourself, ok? Leave the rest of us to proudly support our Bokke and country.

  • Hannetjie - 2011-10-07 08:52

    Lets hope the Wallabies are WANNABEES after Sunday's match!!!! GO BOKKE !!!!!

  • nicholus.tokota - 2011-10-07 08:55

    Mr William Webb Ellis has confirmed that he no longer wants to be in another country he belongs in South Africa.

  • mark1980 - 2011-10-07 08:55

    Gonna be a tough one against a very good Ozzie side. However I think we will muscle them upfront and grind out a hard fought victory. Go Bokke, behind you all the way.

      The Patriot - 2011-10-07 11:19

      Coopers not ticking, also bad luck with his kicking game. He is their X factor and not in the game at the moment. (Hopefully he stays that way). Aussie are fast on the outsides and can break our crescent defence easily with their pacemen. Hope PDV has that covered. Have a gut feel its going to be very close. Deans working on their drop goals in the anticipation of a tight game. Win ugly or win pretty Boks. Bring it home.

  • The Rob - 2011-10-07 08:55

    That is an outstanding Aussie team. However, Barnes is better than McCabe so I'm not sure why they made that change. Samo was a thorn in our side during the Tri Nations - hope Schalk manages to keep him quiet on Sunday. The Bok team is as good as it can be for Sunday. It's gonna be a cracker, possibly a repeat of 1999 except with the Boks edging the Aussies this time around. Bokke, the talking is over. Go and do the business.

      JG - 2011-10-07 09:55

      I was really worried about Barnes at inside centre, problem. Big mistake by Wallabies! Barnes next to Cooper would have been a real threat! Go Bokke!!!!

  • imker.steyn - 2011-10-07 08:56

    It either going to be beers or tears come sunday .

  • nick - 2011-10-07 08:59

    Mr William Webb Ellis is a permanent resident of South Africa.GO BOKKE.

      TT - 2011-10-07 09:52

      with citizenship and everything! bring this one home boys!!

      Shadow - 2011-10-07 11:31

      I hope Mr Ellis has applied for his VISA already. It seems to be a mission these days. :-)

  • Free_At_Last - 2011-10-07 09:01

    I am huge fan of The Bokke,but from the squad announcement conference I saw our coach lacking confidence and i could also sense fear written all over him. Go Bokke

      The Patriot - 2011-10-07 11:24

      Old Helium always looks like that. No worries.

  • nick - 2011-10-07 09:05

    Mr William Webb Ellis loves South Africa.

  • Corms - 2011-10-07 09:06

    Wallabies by plenty!

  • HennieduPles - 2011-10-07 09:07

    Ek het 'n vreesaanjaende nagmerrie gehad laas nag. Semi finaal Curriebeker. Brandy& Coke Park. Bulle teen Welpies. Sien duidelik vir Hougie, Pierre, Morne, Zane en Guthro met BLOU truie aan. Dalk het ek te veel biltong ge eet voor ek gaan slaap het !!!

      MrMojoRisin - 2011-10-07 11:08

      Moontlik, want die Bulle gaan nie in semi finaal wees nie.

      Hennie - 2011-10-07 11:19

      sorry hennie al waat ons hoef te doen is om teen die wp te verloor, dan is die bulletjies volgende jaar eers weer terug!!maar aangesien ons speel om te wen sal die Griquas maar sorg dat die bulletjies n extended leave kry.hehehehe

      The Patriot - 2011-10-07 11:29

      good thing dreams dont come true. Vic and the boys back home, bulls in a currie cup semie.

  • SA-FAN - 2011-10-07 09:12

    This will be a great achievement if we can win this world cup. Beating NZ and Aus respectively now that takes some doing. Unfortunately only 1 of the Tri Nations team can go through to the finals.

  • Nick van den berg - 2011-10-07 09:13

    We won the Super trophy 3 times and this is going to be our third world cup!! GO BOKKE!!!

  • jay rozz6 - 2011-10-07 09:17

    did you hear that boers, you are loosing

      Hannes van der Linde - 2011-10-07 13:21

      "losing".... Loser

  • garryn - 2011-10-07 09:21

    We will win even with that Wallaby hater ref from New Zealand. GO WALLABIES!

      Zeus vdm - 2011-10-07 09:23

      More chance of seeing the pope in his speedo!

  • Ralph Long - 2011-10-07 09:26

    If you are not a Bok supporter, go and troll on another website. Go Bokke.

      garryn - 2011-10-07 09:42

      You obviously not used to freedom of speech. I don't see any restrictions on this site. GO WALLABIES!

  • woodifer - 2011-10-07 09:48

    hope peter has his bag of "snorre"packed. say goodbye to new zealand guys.

  • David - 2011-10-07 10:01

    It does not matter who wins out of the wallabies or bok cause the All Blacks are going to smash you in the semis

      The Patriot - 2011-10-07 11:37

      David, realistically now, your patriotism aside, with Slade at No 10, the results will be like the Tri Nat game. Boks have you covered, actually every RWC to date, even the 87' game with out the boks, your Rebel Tour under the Hakka Barbarians lost. Stats are against you again. All hinges around this game. If Azzie beat SA, you face your nemesis. If SA take it, well, I'll leave the rest to your imagination.

  • steveroodt - 2011-10-07 10:06

    Get that Bloody Agent out of here

  • UglyKidJoe - 2011-10-07 10:15

    This is scandalous. How could they neame their strongest possible team for a world cup quarter-final against the defending world champions? What are they thinking??? C'mon news24. Think of something better than this.

  • Ayanda Nkabinde - 2011-10-07 10:23

    All i got to say is "QAUDE!" *Ozzie Accent*

  • Wow! - 2011-10-07 10:31

    My only concern is why is "the beast" not there. What is it in the coaching mentality that needs to change combinations that have worked against bloody tough opposition. I really hope this does not become an issue in this match. Go Bokke!!!!!!!

      kosie - 2011-10-07 11:50

      i was thinking the same, the aussies are quick and they play all over the park, you need fast players and there is no prop faster than beast, and he scrums better than cj in my opinion.

      The Rob - 2011-10-07 11:57

      Beast is mobile, but Gurthro is way stronger. The Aussies pushed us around In Durban and we won't have that again, will we? That's why Beast is out for this game.

  • Koos - 2011-10-07 10:38

    Aus will never win,

  • Hennie - 2011-10-07 10:51

    In 1875 the ausies invented a thing called the condom,it was made from a sheeps bladdar.... In 1876 SA perfected the condom by taking the bladdar out of the sheep!!!LOL Just the way we perfected rugby!!!

  • The Boss - 2011-10-07 11:08

    Finals Ireland against South Africa. S A will take the World Cup !!!!

  • WIllie Botha - 2011-10-07 11:17

    Go BOKKE!!

  • Graham - 2011-10-07 11:27

    Well there's a surprise. Remember "dog bites man" is not news, "man bites dog" is news. Stupid headline.

  • theprodigy - 2011-10-07 11:27

    May the best team win. based on this the Boks should be in the Semis against the Brats who know that the Boks are the only team there with a realistic chance of bringing the Brats to their knees in despair.

  • Hougie - 2011-10-07 11:33

    Proteas to get thrashed!! Kicking away possession the whole time is soooo boring. Go wallabies!!!

      The Patriot - 2011-10-07 11:41

      We're talking rugby not cricket, box.

  • Carl Muller - 2011-10-07 11:45

    At the moment the CUP is in our cupboard, and that fact makes us the present world champions....

  • Piet - 2011-10-07 11:58

    The Boks need to watch Adam Ashley Cooper very closlely !

  • Cedsaid - 2011-10-07 12:13

    Johnny-BB's got a hang up on flowers. You can come out of the closet now, we really don't care.

  • wperold - 2011-10-07 12:28

    Going to be a big kicking game !

  • Jacques Nieuwoudt - 2011-10-07 12:42

    The most intense quarter finals ever. 3 very closely contested games! Its gonna be great watching the games this weekend! I'm afraid experience this time will prevail. You need experience in the late stages of the world cup and thats why Ireland, SA and England will win. Go bokke f0k hulle op.

  • Matric - 2011-10-07 12:49

    That's it!!! they are lekke bang for the BOKS!!!! Go Bokke!!!!!!!!!!

  • Trokkie - 2011-10-07 12:50

    nee hemel die bokke gaan gerape word sondag

      Matric - 2011-10-07 13:05

      Nee man Trokkie, waar op aarde kom jy vandaan :-(

      mrg 13 - 2011-10-07 13:10

      Naam sê alles

  • Sakkie Van de Spuy - 2011-10-07 13:14

    Whoo ooo!!!! The more I read comments, the more I am looking forward to all 4 QFs...I just love rugby. There is just one think better than a good match up...that is the Springboks winning that matchup...

  • Derrick - 2011-10-07 13:27

    This is not Tri-Nations.So Australia move over, your time has come and gone. Springboks maintain what belongs to them again, case closed [shame to the traitors & fake Wallabies supporters.Find somebody to blame,cos after the game you'll Rugby]

  • Person - 2011-10-07 13:30

    Viva amaBokke Bokke Viva!!

      Matric - 2011-10-07 13:59

      Ahwe ma se kind!!!!

  • Lida - 2011-10-07 14:08

    Smit and the boys make us proud on Sunday. All the way......