Springboks

Whiteley: I can't replace Duane

2015-07-10 08:20
Warren Whiteley (File)
  Video

Lions captain Warren Whiteley has been rewarded for his stellar Super Rugby season with a start at No. 8 for the Boks against the World XV. Whiteley adds a different dynamic to the loose trio and will not be expected to fill the boots of Duane Vermeulen. Watch.

Cape Town - The shoes to fill are massive, and Warren Whiteley knows that.

The Lions skipper will have much to prove in Saturday's Springbok clash against the World XV when he takes to the Newlands turf in the number eight jersey. 

Coach Heyeneke Meyer has been vocal on his concerns over the position with Duane Vermeulen having just undergone neck surgery and in a race against time to be fit for the Rugby World Cup. 

Whiteley's form in Super Rugby means that nobody can question his selection, but whether or not he can make the position his own in Vermeulen's absence remains to be seen. 

"You can't replace a guy like Duane. He's a fantastic and a world class player. He has been the best number eight in the world for the last two years," said Whiteley, who is capped twice at international level.  

"It's important for me to just focus on my own game, which I've been encouraged to do, and my own strengths.

"It's difficult to compare the two of us. We're two completely different players. I think my strength is probably my work rate whether on attack or defence. On attack I probably try and link a lot more between forwards and backs and maybe a bit more in the outside channels.

"I feel that I've definitely grown as a player and a leader and hopefully I can just go forward and contribute.

Another area where Whiteley is hoping to make an impact is in the lineouts. 

"Lineouts have always been important for me as a player. I've always enjoyed the lineout and competing so I'd definitely like to contribute there. That'll be a big part of my game this weekend. Hopefully I can disrupt a few balls."

News24 Live attended the press conference. WATCH: 


Kick-off on Saturday is at 17:00.

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

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
39 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Saturday, 09 June 2018
New Zealand v France, Auckland 09:35
Australia v Ireland, Brisbane 12:05
South Africa v England, Johannesburg 17:05
Saturday, 16 June 2018
New Zealand v France, Wellington 09:35
Australia v Ireland, Melbourne 12:05
South Africa v England, Bloemfontein 17:05
Saturday, 23 June 2018
New Zealand v France, Dunedin 09:35
Australia v Ireland, Sydney 12:05
South Africa v England, Cape Town 17:05
Saturday, 18 August 2018
South Africa v Argentina, Durban 00:00
Saturday, 25 August 2018
Argentina v South Africa, TBA 00:00
Saturday, 08 September 2018
Australia v South Africa, Brisbane 00:00
Vote

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee remains defiant, saying he won't resign despite a shambolic two years at the helm. Your thoughts?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.