Roux: Boks can be legends

2011-06-01 17:22

Brenden Nel - SuperSport

Johannesburg - With 100 days to go until the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, South African Rugby Union (SARU) CEO Jurie Roux has challenged the Springboks to become legends of the game by defending the crown they won in France in 2007.

In declaring the game in South Africa in a healthy state, Roux called on South Africans to get behind their team, which he believes could retain the title, and so become the first team in history to win back-to-back World Cups.

Roux described the challenge for the Springboks as the "ultimate carrot" and believed they could become legends of the game if they defended their title. He was satisfied with the meticulous planning that the Boks had done and believed all boxes would be ticked by the time they head to New Zealand.

"We are far down the line in terms of our preparations. We have a sophisticated plan worked out, down to the tee. The detail has been done and it has been done a number of months ago," Roux said of the Boks' preparations.

"The team itself is well prepared; it is a team that has a number of senior caps in it and a wealth of experience. What we are trying to drive at the moment is to try and get them to retain the World Cup, because none of them have done that and nobody has done that before. That is the carrot there for them, to be part of a legend in rugby and make that legend for themselves."

Roux believes the strong showing in the Super Rugby competition by local teams, back to back victories for the Blitzbokke in the IRB Sevens Series and a strong challenge about to be mounted by the Baby Boks in the IRB Junior Championship all point to a healthy state of affairs.

While the Sharks, Bulls and Stormers all have a chance to qualify for the Super Rugby playoff rounds, recent form by the perennial bottom-dwellers - the Lions and Cheetahs - has been very positive for South African rugby while the relative lack of injuries among the senior Springbok players has also been pleasing.

"We are very happy with the teams that are winning, especially the Lions and the Cheetahs. It shows there is resurgence in South African rugby and hopefully we can carry that forward to the World Cup," Roux said.

"I would like to think that South African rugby is far healthier now. We always had a team or two in the bottom teams in the competition, and it is now Australia that has taken over that position bar one team. I'd like to think our rugby is a lot healthier at the moment."


  • PMG - 2011-06-01 17:35

    The boks will be great,especially with our two brand new selectors - John Smit and Victor Matfield.

      Plato - 2011-06-01 19:44

      Obviously you not a great rugby supporter or have nothing intelligent to add. The article is about getting behind the team and that is all you have to say. Please change to soccer – you are the last person the boks need!

      Neo - 2011-06-02 07:46

      Well said Plato ... let's get behind our team!

  • Gilgamesh - 2011-06-01 17:39

    It would be wise to stop making a noise about our chances. Let the Kiwis do that. Having said that, we have a damn good chance. Hopefully Rassie can influence Div when it comes to tactics. We have the players.

      Howzitekse - 2011-06-01 17:54

      Kiwis are letting their ranking do the talking for them. I would prefer more results and less yalking from the Rugby brass and the so-called "senior players"

      BOKLDN - 2011-06-02 09:55

      The kiwis are letting their mouths do the talking. They snuck pretty assisted wins over us last year and we were not even playing well. They won't choose the right team either.

  • Grunk - 2011-06-01 17:45

    Well give us a coach and some decent selectors we might have a chance

      gcr - 2011-06-01 18:38

      Why whats wrong with Andrew Hudson - he's a damn fine couch

      Lloyd - 2011-06-01 22:14

      gcr, we are looking for a coach, not a couch.

      Johan van Zyl - 2011-06-02 08:55

      @gcr - Oh yeah, Andrew Hudson.. what position did he play again? :)

  • Brian Smith - 2011-06-01 17:50

    Sad to say but you must be pregnant with PdV as coach!!!

  • TrueSaffa - 2011-06-01 18:04

    Awesome! C'Mon boys please keep the cup in SA!

  • TrueSaffa - 2011-06-01 18:05

    Awesome! C'Mon Boys please keep the trophy in SA!!!

  • StBad - 2011-06-01 18:13

    Superrugby form doesn't necessarily translate into International victories... lets wait and see how the T3 series goes. Having said that, I'm excited about the last few weeks of rugby and especially the rise of the Lions and Cheetahs. GO Bokke!

      Johan van Zyl - 2011-06-02 08:58

      In 2007 the Sharks and the Bulls contested the Super Rugby final. I believe the Super Rugby form to be more important than T3. The T3 should be preparation, and the team who wins the T3 (NZ?) will probably (again) peak too early and not make it in the RWC when it really matters. My two cents worth.

  • gcr - 2011-06-01 18:37

    When will these idiots and the journalists learn to stop crowing in the news media as to how good the Boks are or will be - lets see the results on the field - and hey we still have to get through a tri nations as well and lets see how we do in that first

  • Henry - 2011-06-01 18:47

    I will support if the has beens like John Smit goes. Will wait and see what happens in the Tri Nation

  • Raymond - 2011-06-01 19:39

    It does'nt matter what happens in the Super 15,the Tri-Nations or on past record,it's what happens on the day that counts.Don't underestimate Fiji in our pool game!!!!!! Our first two games will not be a walk in the park.Yes,we will support the 'Boks and hopefully they will at least get to the semi's

  • Noitol - 2011-06-01 20:00

    It's a huge ask, but by no means impossible. We've got the players and we've got the will ... but have we got the coach?

      boyd.lance - 2011-06-02 11:10

      In PDV and Rassie we of little faith!

  • Raymond - 2011-06-01 20:17

    There is a lot of things that you can do.And there are many things that you want to do.So why not do it.I cannot see the All Blacks letting this one slip past them,especially on home soil.

  • Lloyd - 2011-06-01 22:14

    Victor, Bakkies, Pierre, Fourie, Morne, Wynand, Zane, Dewald, Deon en Chilliboy is klaar legendes. Ek is n bietjie geworried oor die res.

      HanHan - 2011-06-02 05:52

      How could you! You missed out on FIVE names of Bull legends! Oh, sorry, they are the ones you are worried about... This is about the Bokke. Please take off your blue glasses.

      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-06-02 10:39

      @HanHan - agreed! It was those very Blue Boks that cost us the 3N last year!

  • Crusader Man - 2011-06-01 22:57

    Who is this guy ? doea he like getting his name in the paper. What stupid quotes except praising the Lions/cheetahs theu deserve accolades this year.. But really SA sides came 1st and 2nd last year. Did that help SA rugby. I thought SA rugby last year was not too flash.. Super rugby has nothing to do with Test rugby.. Yes OZ super rugby teams are struggling but thats prob cos of lack of depth.. In test matches OZ will be pretty good this year.. They copied NZ expansive rugby and they have the players to do that.. Tri Series should be pretty close this year. Home Teams should win..

      BOKLDN - 2011-06-02 10:03

      Keep believing that buddy. The boks are in far ruder health than you fellas. Last year, you got away with playing the ball on the ground - ALL THE TIME. This year Richie has already been yellowed, must be the most penalised man in S15 and has cost his team a match at the death. If he was reffed according to the laws of the contest known as rugger, you fellas will hack. And the Franks brothers make bakkies look like an angel. Malicious and dirty.

  • JoeStormer - 2011-06-01 23:33

    Make us proud Bokke! Here's my team, what do you guys think? 15) vd Heever 14) Basson 13) Jacques 12) WO 11 ) Mvovo 10) Steyn 9) Fourie/Hougaardt 8) Spies 7) Danie 6) Brossouw 5) Bakkies 4) Victor 3) Greyling 2) Bismarck 1) Guthro

      Lloyd - 2011-06-02 00:51

      Nie sleg nie, maar ek sou plek gemaak het vir Dippenaar (vir Fourie) en Kirschner (vir Mvovo).

      Robbie.wp - 2011-06-02 08:58

      i'm behind our boys win or lose! here's the team i think will do the business... 15. Aplon (STO) 14. Basson (BUL) 13. Fourie (STO) 12. De Villiers (STO) 11. Habana (STO) 10. Steyn (BUL) 9. Pretorius (CHE) 8. Spies (BUL) 7. Alberts (STO) 6. Burger (STO) 5. Bekker STO) 4. Victor (BUL) 3. Beast (SHA) 2. Bismarck (SHA) 1. Smit (SHA)

      Robbie.wp - 2011-06-02 08:59

      alberts = sharks i meant

      SCAM - 2011-06-02 09:47

      Not bad Joe,but this is my opinion 15. Francois Steyn 14. JP. Pietersen. 13. Jacques Fourie 12. Juan De Jongh 11. Lwazi Mvovo 10. Peter Grant 9. Francois Hougaard 8. Danie Rossouw 7. Willem Alberts. 6.Heinrich Brussouw 5. Victor Matfield 4. Andries Bekker 3. CJ Van der Linde 2. Bismarck Du Plessis 1. Beast Mtawariwa

      boyd.lance - 2011-06-02 11:44

      I'm not even gonna talk about Joe's team. @ Robbie: I'd rather have JP Pietersen on wing over Basson, but thats a personal choice. Perhaps Habana should make way? I'm very glad you've included Matfield and Bekker as a lock pairing. But Matfield is no.5 lock while Bekker should play no.4 and would be the more physical of the two. But here's my team anyway... 15. Aplon 14. JP. Pietersen. 13. Jacques Fourie 12. Juan De Jongh 11. Bjorn Basson 10. Peter Grant 9. Francois Hougaard 8. Schalk Burger 7. Willem Alberts. 6.Heinrich Brussouw 5. Victor Matfield 4. Andries Bekker 3. CJ Van der Linde 2. Bismarck Du Plessis 1. Beast Mtawariwa Would be interesting to debate what the team would look like after the world cup...with up&coming young players...

      JoeStormer - 2011-06-02 17:31

      @boyd.lance That team of yours will go approx 11 years without a cup

      gnus wakker - 2011-06-03 05:32

      @Lloyd Ek stem, en wat van Gary eerder as Bismarck?

  • Karoobloed - 2011-06-02 00:52

    Mr. Roux, what will be relevant for success is not so much the enthusiasm of the supporters - they will not be playing in RWC 2011. It is team selection and coaching and a visionary plan that should have been implemented for a few years now. Also good luck and perhaps a few "supplements" too ;-) The Boks will have my full support, but the ABs remain the team to beat. is not the amount of noise thIt is not so much about who is supporting the team.

  • Koos - 2011-06-02 04:05

    If they are not planning to rest the banged up top Super 15 players in the tri-nations then kiss that cup goodbye.

      Neo - 2011-06-02 07:55

      Don't care ... as long as we win the RWC.

  • SCAM - 2011-06-02 09:31

    I just hope we select players currently on form,and not players because they are contracted.

  • Craig - 2011-06-02 09:50

    you guys will never let this coach issue go until the boks get a white coach...... very sad

      boyd.lance - 2011-06-02 11:55

      They'll never admit it Craig

      Karoobloed - 2011-06-02 16:19

      Oh the smugness of the morally superiors... I happen to like PdV, but his appointment as Bok coach over candidates with clearly beefier CVs smacked of AA - not that "reasonable" (not too blatant) AA bothers me. However, the overseas media (NZ/Aussie/English) has also been very critical of PdV at times - would that be racism too, or is it just the SA media and rugby oublic should consider inividuals of colour be above criticism. What bollocks,

  • Arthur - 2011-06-02 10:31

    no not a white coach just a better one, one that knows what he's doing and knows what to say. I have nothing against coaches of colour, i am a big fan of coetzia but i would prefer meyer to tak the job

  • Craig Hulley - 2011-06-07 05:22

    Pat on the back for Jurie Roux! If the "challenge to become legends of the game" doesn't give the Boks goosebumps and motivation, then I'm not sure what will. If everybody gets behind The Boks like they did in 95 and 07 they will do it! Come on Bokke, here's our chance to become the undisputed kings of world rugby - most world cup wins and only team EVER to defend the world cup title, despite missing out on the first two world cups. BOKKE!

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