Boks change five for Namibia

2011-09-19 21:13

Cape Town - The Springboks on Tuesday made five changes to the starting line-up for their Rugby World Cup Pool D match against Southern African neighbours Namibia at the North Harbour Stadium in Auckland.

WIN a pair of the new adidas rugby boots

WIN a Rugby World Cup ball

Wing Gio Aplon, scrumhalf Francois Hougaard, utility forward Willem Alberts and tighthead prop CJ van der Linde were all given their first starts of the tournament while Bryan Habana was recalled from injury to resume in the No 11 jersey.

Four players were unavailable for selection due to injury, while Springbok coach Peter de Villiers opted to bring in fresh legs in the hope of sustaining the team’s momentum. Locks Victor Matfield and Johann Muller, centre Jean de Villiers and flyhalf Butch James were not considered for the match.

Scrumhalf Fourie du Preez and flanker Heinrich Brüssow both dropped to the bench while wings JP Pietersen and Odwa Ndungane and tighthead prop Jannie du Plessis were rested altogether.

In one other change on the bench, Chiliboy Ralepelle was included in a match 22 for the first time when he was drafted in for Bismarck du Plessis, who is also rested.

Thursday’s match kicks off at 20:00 (10:00 SA time).


South Africa:
15 Pat Lambie, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Willem Alberts, 5 Danie Rossouw, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 CJ van der Linde, 2 John Smit (captain), Gurthro Steenkamp.

Substitutes: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Tendai Mtawarira, 18 Francois Louw, 19 Heinrich Brüssow, 20 Fourie du Preez, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Juan de Jongh.



* Click HERE for the latest RWC odds on BET.CO.ZA


  • Ohmikehunt - 2011-09-19 21:27

    Surprised they have not rested Shalk Burger. He has just come off from injury and has had 2 huge games.

      Neutralist - 2011-09-19 22:53

      They probably think he needs more game time

      Sedick - 2011-09-19 22:56

      And no fetcher???? Did they not see the Aussie/Ireland game? Not that this would be an issue against Namibia anyway!

      Ohmikehunt - 2011-09-19 23:12

      @Neutralist makes no sense to me - the top players need to be managed... seems to me that 2 full games after an injury is enough for now. @Sedick agreed - it would have been a great opportunity to give Swys Louw some good gametime but at least he is on the bench.

      Dundermoose - 2011-09-20 00:04

      Ohmikehunt, my long lost boetie, I agree with you totally.

  • johan.cronje1 - 2011-09-19 21:27

    mmm So what u are saying i need to be a African to be a South African, strange but i supported Bafana Bafana in the SWC and they had no Booth in that team, just goes to show how narrow minded some peeps are. - 2011-09-19 22:20

      The joke is on u boet, nobody said anything about African not being African. Beside we are all African black or white, check yr freedom charter get on board like everybody else. Give up the race card, studies have shown there is only one human race on this planet, the joke is on u

      vynjan - 2011-09-19 23:30

      what has this comment to do with the Bok rugby team selection ?

      Johan van Zyl - 2011-09-20 08:32

      He responded to that racist twit poliodonkey's comment. Context boet, context.

  • Zab Juda - 2011-09-19 21:35

    Habana again!!! thought he was done and dusted and why the need to rest Ndungane, he should catch the first plane out of NZ and why play JF into the ground rather play JDJ and JF off the bench, once again Div & Co never cease to amaze me...Ag nee! man

      Bootman - 2011-09-19 21:48

      Oh stop moaning like a little girl and just support your team man !!!! Some poephols are just not happy unless they've got something to complain about. Habana is not going anywhere. Ndungane filled in for him while he was injured and now he is back. If JP could make a comeback like he did, then so can Habana.

      Magmansa - 2011-09-19 21:55

      I agree with the Div & Co here, keep the momentum and match fitness going from saturday, and save the resting time for samoa. I would of kept F du Preez starting tho, still needs a little fine tuning.

      RandomDude - 2011-09-19 22:02

      I'm happy with the Habana choice , get him out there and give him a taste of what it feels like to score a try again maybe he can get back into the world beating form he was in before he moved to WP .

  • Jamal - 2011-09-19 21:35

    Surely now Habana can get that elusive try

      Boy Louw - 2011-09-19 22:20

      They would send him out on crutches as long as he passes the try-scoring record he holds with Joost vd Westhuizen! Why do you think they dragged him along to NZ?

      Magmansa - 2011-09-19 22:45

      If he doesnt then its safe to say the rugby gods love Joost.

      PEA - 2011-09-20 11:26

      Habbana se gat!

  • Neilson - 2011-09-19 21:36

    I see a new WC record coming up. This team will kill the poor Namibians.

      haveyoursay - 2011-09-19 22:32

      The problem most of our provincial teams will thrash the Namibians.

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-20 07:02

      Would HATE to see the score should AFFIES or GREY COLLEGE play against Namibia....

      Chief Kok - 2011-09-20 07:57

      They won't even score 50 points against Namibia.

      Jamal - 2011-09-20 09:59

      @Papsak champ Chief Kok , I am sure they will, but if they do you will disappear like a South African All Black supporter missing child support.

  • BradMan4RSA - 2011-09-19 21:36

    @Poloyatonki, people born in africa irrespective of colour are African. So in Soccer World Cup you supported the French team LoL. Go BOKS! Make SA proud. We the rainbow nation after all! BTW, I did not have the vote pre-94 and the struggle continues my friend!

  • CharlesM - 2011-09-19 21:43

    Jaque Fourie should have been rested or on the bench only. De Jongh should have been selected to start as well IMO. Bismarck has not even played an hour in total ! He should have started with Chilliboy on the bench... or are the 3 wise men considering a start for Bismarck against Samoa? I am glad that Hougaard is finally given the opportunity to start at 9 !!

  • Martin Blore - 2011-09-19 21:49

    Shoud've played Alberts at 7 and Louw at 6 for game time; Schalk could do with a breather.

  • John Peanut - 2011-09-19 21:54

    One would think Bismarck would actually need to play at least 60 min in the whole competition thus far before he needs to be "rested"...give the man a bit of game time.

      Bootman - 2011-09-19 22:08

      Bismarck is experiencing tremendous form and he does not appear to need gametime.He needs to be preserved for when we really need him. I would say that Smit needs gametime. If he takes another step up like he did against Fiji, it can only be positive for the boks. Imagine JS firing on all cylinders and Bismarck on in the final twenty. Any team would be worried.

      John Peanut - 2011-09-19 22:13

      fair enough

  • - 2011-09-19 22:04

    Why is Bakkies playing? They must rest him

  • Eugene - 2011-09-19 22:17

    Bismark should start.... John Smit is so worried that Bismark would play an average game only to outshine him 6 - 0... J.Smit would be forced out of the team by public demand!

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-20 07:04

      And who DIED and made you HEAD COACH???? Serious Bru... keep your KUK idea's in your head! Doubt anyone will take you serious! Not even your VROU!

  • - 2011-09-19 22:28

    Brussow dropped to the bench? I made the comment that he did not had a good game last Saturday and was stoned like hell. Verry happy for the new fellows who get a change to play. Strongs and enjoy. - 2011-09-19 22:30

      Who won man of the match again?

      Bootman - 2011-09-19 22:44

      Danie Rossouw

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-20 07:07

      Boks played the No2 MINNOWS of the Pool, FIJI....... and everyone is making out they just WON the 2011 RWC ????? Wait till they meet Aussie in the Quarters.... then we SPEAK RUGBY and SELCTION... till then enjoy the game!

  • johan.cronje1 - 2011-09-19 22:29 Sorry Boet the comment i answered was deleted by News24 , so yes standing there alone it does seem that way, without u being able to see what i commented on, our views are the same, in that regard. - 2011-09-19 22:47

      Oops.... I just thot now ur taking the race issue too far, Our national teams represent all SA puips irrespective if they are all white or all native, I was listening to an interview a couple of minutes ago. Those puips say they gonna play SA, They don't mention skin color, Like our sports minister said, This is not the time to discuss transformation, The mandate is clear. Defend the world cup even if i means you gonna use a all white or all black team. We will discuss transformation some other time, we are of course race addicts

  • Bootman - 2011-09-19 22:32

    Come on guys. What's with the "rest this one, rest that one" ? We're playing Namibia FFS. The entire match 22 will be getting a rest. The last time we played Namibia we beat them by 100 points.

  • slg - 2011-09-19 22:38

    Ruan gets shafted again. Francois should be on the bench.

  • Bootman - 2011-09-19 22:49

    If I see the word "rest" one more time I'm going to crap my pants................oops !!! Be back in five minutes. - 2011-09-19 22:55

      rest... lmbao...

  • Daz - 2011-09-19 23:13

    Will everyone get off John Smit's case! No he is not the best hooker but he is thye best captain and he also brings calm and stability to the side. I think Bismark is awesome and the energy he injects when he comes on is fantastic ... but his lineout throwing needs work and he also has a tendancy to lose the ball in the tackle! We have 2 of the best players in the world in that position for very different reasons! Instead of calling for one or the other's head, lets use both of them to their strengths!

      Claude - 2011-09-20 05:56

      This captain story is far far over rated.

  • Louie - 2011-09-20 07:01

    Some of the guys making the team should be rested.....put out to pasture

  • Brandon96end - 2011-09-20 07:40

    Interesting team. Like it.

  • Margaretha - 2011-09-20 07:45

    im from namibia and i will support them even though im a bok supporter,this can be the best team or not but do not underestimate Namibia who plays provincial and has day jobs!!!

  • wayne.nkuna - 2011-09-20 08:28

    from a very reliable source ...................france will win the world cup by 8 points

  • Mysta - 2011-09-20 08:49

    Pierre Spies owes the country. The man has been off form since 2007. He has had a god game here and there but I have not seen the Spies of 2007 before the world cup and we have stuck with him.

  • warerugby - 2011-09-20 09:26

    Great team sellection! Boks to win win by 50.

  • Francois - 2011-09-20 13:09

    yes please finally gio's gonna get unleashed..... yes man..

  • Canibus - 2011-09-20 13:13

    Why is Ruan Pienaar still in the team?

  • pages:
  • 1