Springboks

Stonehouse: De Jongh, Kolbe unlucky

2014-10-30 12:00
Jimmy Stonehouse (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Pumas coach Jimmy Stonehouse believes Western Province backs Juan de Jongh and Cheslin Kolbe are the two unluckiest players not to make Heyneke Meyer's squad for the year-end tour to Europe.

Meyer picked five newcomers - Robbie Coetzee, Julian Redelinghuys, Nizaam Carr, Jaco Kriel and Seabelo Senatla - in his 36-man squad for Tests against Ireland (Dublin, November 8), England (London, November 15), Italy (Padova, November 22) and Wales (Cardiff, November 29).

Stonehouse, in an interview with SA Rugbymag, agreed that the newcomers deserved their call-ups but said De Jongh and Kolbe can count themselves unlucky.

Stonehouse said the reasoning behind their non-selection "has obviously been about size" but he mentioned that De Jongh has performed adequately against centres much bigger than him. He also said Kolbe is a player who is "faultless" on defence.

However, Stonehoue said people should respect Meyer's decisions as he has the right to do what he feels is best for the Boks.

De Jongh, at 1.75m and 88kg, is considered small for a modern-day centre, while fullback Kolbe (1.71m and 72kg - SA Rugby.net) is even smaller.

De Jongh will get another chance to catch the eye of the Bok selectors when he plays for the Barbarians against Australia at Twickenham this Saturday.

The Springbok squad for the Outgoing Tour 2014:

Forwards (20): Bakkies Botha, Schalk Burger, Nizaam Carr, Marcell Coetzee, Robbie Coetzee, Eben Etzebeth, Lodewyk de Jager, Jaco Kriel, Victor Matfield, Teboho Mohoje, Tendai Mtawarira, Trevor Nyakane, Coenie Oosthuizen, Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Julian Redelinghuys, Gurthro Steenkamp, Adriaan Strauss, Duane Vermeulen, Warren Whiteley

Backs (16): Damian de Allende, Johan Goosen, Bryan Habana, Cornal Hendricks, Francois Hougaard, Patrick Lambie, Lwazi Mvovo, Ruan Pienaar, JP Pietersen, Handre Pollard, Cobus Reinach, Willie le Roux, Seabelo Senatla, Jan Serfontein, Morne Steyn, Jean de Villiers (captain)

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