Springboks

Flip: Miscommunication with Boks

2015-07-09 14:01
Flip van der Merwe (AFP)

Cape Town - Flip van der Merwe is one South African who might have a point to prove when he takes to the field in a World XV jersey against the Springboks at Newlands on Saturday. 

The towering lock is not in Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer's preliminary Rugby World Cup squad, and the coach went on record in May announcing that Van der Merwe was unavailable for international rugby. 

After that it was reported that a 'contract dispute' may be the reason behind the drama, but Van der Merwe revealed in Cape Town on Thursday that there had been communication issues surrounding his availability.

"I'm not selected, it's as easy as that," Van der Merwe, who has been named on the World XV bench for Saturday, said. 

"There is a communication gap somewhere but maybe after Saturday, Heyneke said the door is open for everyone, so if we're good enough we get selected."

There is no experienced cover at lock for the Boks on Saturday, and it instead comes in the form of loose forward Oupa Mohoje. 

But Van der Merwe would not be drawn into saying that the Boks lacked experience in the position. 

"Oupa has go enough talent to play anywhere. He's a good rugby player so as with any team there are a couple of injuries but I think they've got enough talent in the group to sort that out," said the 30-year-old. 

Teams:

Springboks:

15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Oupa Mohoje, 20 Schalk Burger, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jean de Villiers

World XV:

15 Delon Armitage, 14 Lachlan Turner, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Maxime Mermoz, 11 David Smith, 10 Mike Harris, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Steffon Armitage, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Bakkies Botha (captain), 4 Ali Williams, 3 Carl Hayman, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Gurthro Steenkamp

Substitutes: 16 David Roumieu, 17 Alexandre Menini, 18 Petrus du Plessis, 19 Flip Van der Merwe, 20 Louis-Benoit Madaule, 21 Maxime Machenaud, 22 Andrew Horrell, 23 Rudi Wulf

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