Bok worries over Butch

2010-08-30 15:42

Brenden Nel - SuperSport

Johannesburg - Springbok flyhalf Butch James faces a worrying wait to find out if he will be declared fit for Saturday’s return Vodacom Tri-Nations fixture against Australia.

James and two other Boks Jannie du Plessis and Flip van der Merwe missed practice on Monday morning at Shimla Park, but while coach Peter de Villiers wouldn’t say what the injuries were, he was only concerned with James’ progress it seemed.

Van der Merwe appears to have a neck strain, but was confident on Monday on the sidelines that it was not too serious.

Team doctor Craig Roberts missed his normal team medical update to attend to the players.

“There are three players with the doc getting scans done. Jannie and Flip are there and the one who is probably more worried than anyone else is Butch,” De Villiers said at the press conference.

Asked for clarity on the nature of the injuries, De Villiers said “Doc will put out that report.”

The Boks were also joined by three players from their original squad, with Gio Aplon, Wynand Olivier and Dewald Potgieter joining the practice session. But they could be heading back to their provinces soon if the injury situation improves.

“They’re here because they’re part of the squad from the beginning. We can always send them back if we don’t want to use them. I want them to feel part of the culture of the team, it isn’t a new thing,” De Villiers said.

More clarity on the scans is expected later on in the day.


  • Viv - 2010-08-30 15:53

    Who cares - Butch sucks! Bugger off back to your overseas club. Taking away from those who stay and represent their country all year around. Not some pansy ass like you who arrives back in SA expecting to take up a position. Butch is a waste of space. More interested in clothes-line tackles and off the ball cr@p than playing the game.

  • Skiballas - 2010-08-30 16:04

    Hey VIV, you close minded pathetic excuse of a rugby lover, why dont you spew the same crap regarding Jean de Villiers, CJ van der Linde, BJ Botha, Frans Steyn...will you have the same crap attitude when Peter GRant returns? Butch is a real asset to the Boks, a real hard man who defence is world renowned, and not because of a high tackle from 8 years ago (let it go Viv, let it go), but because it is rock solid.

  • Chris - 2010-08-30 16:05

    This guy helped us win a world cup has been in top rugby for over 10 years, is rated highly around the world (that’s why he earns the big money and clubs want him). Also you call him a pansy ass, big man on the internet hay? Get over yourself buddy the reason he is playing is because there are people out there whos jobs are rugby and they know a hell of a lot more than you and they want him. All this shit about people who stay should only play for there country, what a load of cr@p just because you never had the balls to leave your home town you think it give you the right to slag him off because he went for the money after giving years to the Boks. What a sad little man you are look at the bigger picture and get you ass out of you head

  • sparky@viv - 2010-08-30 16:09

    you sound like a pansy that has just been dumped!!!! Shame did he break your heart

  • Butch - 2010-08-30 16:12

    Hey Viv, A bit harsh I would say, when he came on I think he did quite well! Come now, take your head out of your ass?

  • Sarren - 2010-08-30 16:21

    Hey Viv - how did we win the World Cup in 2007 with such a c..p player as Butch James...come on now, youre just showing your ignornace, you should rather be quite and let those who know what they are talking about comment on the site!!

  • RQ - 2010-08-30 16:23

    Viv, you're a waste of space, Butch didn't pick himself. I'd like to see you call him a pansy ass to his face. I'm so sick of people making personal attacks on players. They're sportsmen, not useless pop tarts, they don't deserve it...

  • Dave - 2010-08-30 16:35

    Viv, you took the words right out of my mouth

  • Guy - 2010-08-30 16:44

    Viv are are flipping pathetic ! The guy helped us win a world cup ! He deserves all of our respect ! If u can remember even Victor and John left SA after the World cup, but they were bought out of their contract ! Butch tried to get released but couldn't !

  • Lucia - 2010-08-30 16:53

    Get a life - Viv. What the hell do you know? Bugger-all apparently!

  • jim - 2010-08-30 16:57

    wat soek Butch in elk geval daar? ons het mos genoeg 'eager/willing and able' manne wat staan en wag vir daai spot. Bjorn Basson, Mvuvu, Nokwe, van den Heever is almal gereed om Habana ook af te los wanneer hy op sy welveerdiende rus gaan.

  • mb - 2010-08-30 17:19

    viv you suck leave the e-mail and dont come back.

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  • Skiballas - 2010-08-30 17:43

    And there JIM also earns his "STUPID" sign. He is there because he wants to play for the Boks, and sure has all the ability and pedigree to play for the Boks. Why should someone step down because you of all people think he isnt good enough...

  • Burtfred - 2010-08-30 17:57

    I'm a Province/Stormers boy and therefore no big fan of Butchie. When Butch ran onto the field and started to play on Saturday, the mood of the whole squad seemed to lift. I once had the pleasure of meeting him in an airport and I could see why my bookkeeper is in love with him. The man is world class.

  • stompies - 2010-08-30 18:40

    I fail to see the problem?!

  • Tommo - 2010-08-30 19:26

    Butch lifted the resolution to defend when we really needed it,he led by example.Viv you airhead this man was instrumental ,along with others in SA winning the last world cup.What have you done??Stay off the whiskey before you post a comment,remember keep it real.

  • D-Dub - 2010-08-30 21:49

    @Chris Im from 'around the world' i dont rate Butch James at all. He wouldn't even make a club side in NZ, aint nothing but a thug yol :P so get bent VIV is entitled to his opinion.

  • Kunzie - 2010-08-31 03:39

    Butchie is a world cup winner,Currie Cup winner and has played in two Super Competition finals.Bath has paid plenty of money for his services and now the Lions want him on board to try a turn their franchise around.I don't see anyone giving you a call Viv?Talk to anyone playing international rugby and they will tell you Butch strikes fear into any backline due to his body on the line defence.Yes he has bad rep for some gone wrong situations but he is no thug...Butchie you have plenty of supporters out there!!

  • Viv @ Skiballas - 2010-08-31 08:50

    Butch an asset - bwhahahahahahahah!! Oh my how stupid you are. You are pathetic and close minded if you think that moron is a good player. Please get real. Jean, CJ, BJ and Frans are fantastic players and not a dirty player like Butch. Unlike Butch they dont expect to be selected. Unlike Butch. You are him are both retards

  • Viv @ all the morons - 2010-08-31 08:55

    Oh please - you would rather have this thug playing for the Boks. There are far more talented players out there that deserve their number over this oke. Come on people wakey wakey. Clother-Line, dirty Butch is not the answer. Oh and Chris - was Butch the only player on the field during the WC. Nope he did not single handedly win us the WC kids. Grow up you tools - people are allowed an opinion - tossers

  • Viv @ mb - 2010-08-31 08:57

    Hey MB - pick a finger tosser

  • To Viv - 2010-09-01 11:32

    Outch Viv. It seems to me you hit the nerve centre of the "We Love Butch" club. I havent seen so many "I hate you"comments towards someone who just say what he feels. Chris was obviously so moerig that he actualy refer to "there country" in stead of "their country". I am willing to take a 10to1 bet the same people that loves Butch also hates Habana.

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