Springboks bolster their squad

2011-08-14 14:59

Cape Town - The Springbok selectors have added Patrick Lambie, Lwazi Mvovo and Chiliboy Ralepelle to the training squad for Saturday’s Castle Tri-Nations Test against New Zealand in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

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The players’ provinces were contacted last week to secure their release for the final Castle Tri-Nations Test of the season.

The trio all appeared in the first two Tests of the series and will resume training with the squad in Port Elizabeth on Monday. Lambie appeared at flyhalf and fullback in Sydney and Wellington respectively while Sharks team-mate, Mvovo, made two starts on the left wing.

The Vodacom Blue Bulls’ Ralepelle appeared twice as a replacement hooker.

The Springbok medical team will provide an update on the squad’s injury status on Monday but confirmed today that reports that captain John Smit had torn elbow ligaments and would miss the Rugby World Cup were completely inaccurate.


  • StBad - 2011-08-14 15:22

    Sorry young Pat, the Bok management staff are stuffing you around... another SOS call! Good enough to rescue the Boks in NZ against NZ but not for the home leg of the T3? I believe you have the talent and maturity to overcome the player/talent mismanagement that the coaching staff so consistently display.

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-14 15:36

      ''Good enough to rescue the Boks in NZ against NZ......''. I must've missed that part of the tour.

      StBad - 2011-08-14 17:02

      @Bulldozer: based on PdV's decision to include him as starting 10... not a comment about his performance on the day

      Hayden - 2011-08-14 17:22

      U still confusing Stbad....''Good enough to rescue the Boks in NZ against NZ......'' Deeeeerrrrr

      Richard - 2011-08-14 17:44

      Unfortunately StBad, not even Chuck could save the bok B side in NZ so I dunno were you get the Lambie rescuing them from.

  • henniedotvanstaden - 2011-08-14 15:37

    Stay John, it could get worse, they could make Victor the Captain. Why Ralepelle, we have Strauss and others who are better than him. Include Jano Vermaak in Fourie du Preez's place, whom I believe WAS one of the best players in the Bok team before 2009, he was with Rossouw the worse players on the day. Francois Hougaard must also be in fist 15. Go Bokke.

  • Bulldozer - 2011-08-14 15:38

    John Smit can be on life support and ol' Snorre will still pick him. Chillyboy is wasting his time.

  • Hardekwas - 2011-08-14 15:50

    Pieter de Village idiot and John BestBefore2009 Smit are strangling the Bok team.

  • 106SA - 2011-08-14 15:59

    Fattie Frans Steyn??Hopefully his hammie is gone for years!!Also may Danie Roussouw 'pull' something and not go to WC.Hopefully John Smit also has 'things pulled'.Boks are a woeful sight and a disgrace!!!!

  • Barry Edwards - 2011-08-14 16:02

    All of them deserve their place. Go for it guys. I dont think we can look past the semi finals of the world cup. No other side can, especially the AB and the Aussies. They never made the semi's four years ago.

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-14 16:04

      Larry, kan ons dit Afrikaans hou asseblief?

      Barry Edwards - 2011-08-14 16:08

      @Bulldozer Seems you already had too many Brandy and cokes. And on a Sunday ! Naughty :)

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-14 16:45

      Ek is jammer, ek verstaan nie Ingels nie.

      Friksepappa - 2011-08-14 19:08

      Daar ish niks verkeed met 'n borrel brannas op sondag ni

      Logoll - 2011-08-14 19:11

      This year though we will more than likely play Ireland in the quaters, I think we can win that one. However NZ will possibly have to play Argentina in their quarter, I can't see them loosing that and even if by some miracle Argentina wins their group it means a quater between NZ and England which I still see NZ winning. So that means we will have to play NZ in Auckland at Eden Park. We last won there in 1937. So what I am saying is that NZ can maybe look past the semi's sadly enough. The funny thing about this world cup is that two of the quaters, both the semis, the 3rd and fouth playoffs and the final will all be at Eden Park. Can you imagine what that ground is going to look like in the rain by the time the final comes around after 5 heavy matches. The biggest quater will be England v France and that means a semi against Australia who will face Wales in their quater.

  • Kusile - 2011-08-14 16:35

    @Hardekwas, How is lambie nt ready?? maybe not a complete player yes bt is ready. look at how O'connor played yesterday & he is young

  • djg - 2011-08-14 16:36

    whatta pity we have to be stuck with a captain that has reached and passed his sell by date. Is he just hanging around for the money?? Cannot be pride - the oke must look at video footage of himself in action and then he must realise he is a liability to the team

  • Davearch - 2011-08-14 16:50

    Anyone know what happened to Brian Mujati ... could have been a masterstroke !!

  • adrien.mcguire - 2011-08-14 16:55

    I agree that Danie Russouw was shocking on Saturday. If he plays again he needs to put some superglue on his hands ! I have never seen an international player drop a ball with such regularity. My big srpprise was Spies , he really played well for a change.... well done. In my opinion , we have no imagination in the back line and something drastic needs to be done in that area. We never hit the line at pace and are always standing still when we get the ball. Maybe we need to line up a bit deeper to create momentum?

  • Davearch - 2011-08-14 16:55

    Ah, its like watching the 3 STOOGES, PDIV, DICK AND GOLD ... what a bunch of clowns .. this is the WORST MANAGEMENT at the world cup .. how very sad .. surely you MUST know by now that Danie Rossouw is a LOCK, not a flank .. John Smit is ABSOLUTELY USELESS ... has the man no DIGNITY . .the harm he is doing to SA Rugby for his own selfish ends .. how can you, PDIV just pick the same team from 4 years ago .. really, all the talent we have had and you have brought NOTHING THROUGH .. a medal ?? u should be SHOT ... the backs are so static .. what do you actually COACH ??? Would any provincial team in the world hire you clowns .. not one !! Dont give up your day job cos you 3 would be UNEMPLOYED ... Mvovo cant defend .. Who is coaching him ???

  • Kusile - 2011-08-14 17:23

    If John S is fit 4 the WC then Div will play him regardless of how we feel abt it, lets only hope that he will not be below par bcoz no coach listens to supporters

  • Bill - 2011-08-14 17:37

    John Smit has torn ligaments in his elbow yet he still wants to go to the RWC. I am beginning to think that a great captain and wonderful ambassador for the game has succumbed to selfishness and no longer thinks about what is best for South African rugby - John, do what is right and make way for a younger fitter player. You will go down as one of the greats, not one of the has-beens that were sad shadows of themselves at their best.

  • - 2011-08-14 17:44

    smells like panic . . . fundamental flaws will not be fixed in time I fear. Game plan not working and our coaching staff are frozen like deer in the headlights. There is no plan B and no team A.

  • Anneck - 2011-08-14 17:51

    My Springbok team would be (regardless of whether these players are in the current squad or not, and giving the finger to all politicians): 15. Frans Steyn 14: JP Pietersen 13: Jaques Fourie 12: Juan de Jongh 11: Bryan Habana 10: Peter Grant 9: Fourie du Preez 8: Pierre Spies 7. Keegan Daniel 6. Heinrich Brussouw 5. Victor Matfield 4. Bakkies Botha 3. Jannie du Plessis 2. Bismarck du Plessis 1. Tendai Mtawarira 16. Gary Botha, 17. Guthro Steenkamp, 18. Danie Rossouw, 19. Jean Deysel, 20. Francois Hougaard, 21. Pat Lambie, 22. Jean de Villiers Taking current injuries into consideration, and undecided on captain, but my choice for captaincy would probably be Fourie du Preez?

      Maori - 2011-08-14 17:58

      And what about Luke Watson?

      Henry - 2011-08-14 18:44

      Juan de Jongh at 12. It's not Varsity Cup Rugby. Bryan Habanna & Frans & JP & Keeagan Daniel & Bakkies will not make my starting line up. Lambie to small for a test against All Blacks. Just look at the last outing. Shame old Chilliboy. Franco van der Merwe made his name "poephal" in the last Bulls- Lions clash. Now they expect him to take the All Blacks on. Mvovo can be better than the has been Bryan but good enough to take on the best. Another hidding awaits the Boks.I will be wearing my black shirt with pride again on saturday.Go All Blacks!!!!!!!!!!!!

      adrien.mcguire - 2011-08-14 21:09

      Any thoughts om Willem Alberts??

      TheDuck - 2011-08-14 21:31

      Hahaha Anneck did you go FULL RETARD when posting that team? Peter Grant, Habana, Keegan daniel. Du Preez to captain? I've taken acid and still not thought as STUPID as you.

      Anneck - 2011-08-15 09:12

      Yet you call yourself "the duck"? Careful what you say!

      Anneck - 2011-08-15 09:17

      Duckie boy, let's see what your team would look like. Or are you too afraid of what I might say???

  • FerretGee - 2011-08-14 18:37

    Lambie at Fullback in place of Steyn, Butch at Flyhalf. I also think we have to stop this changing of players at 60 minutes, as soon as we made changes our whole dynamic changed. (Excluding F Steyn who was a forced change)

  • Karoobloed - 2011-08-14 19:53

    Lambie should be the run-on 15. Frans Steyn could cover off the bench for 15 and 12.

  • Kevin Rack - 2011-08-15 05:11

    Will Lambie replace our two non existant centres??? Why Pdiddy chose centres from S15's lowest try scoring team is beyond me. JDV and Fouries are ball shufflers and both are now too slow. Clearly if you wathced the game!!! They failed again to create any try scoring oppurtunities and there passing and handling was poorer than the Aussies forwards. Once again we see a great performance by the Bok forwards and once again we see no delivery by the backline. Habadonna is trying but he is a spent force in world rugby. One trick pony who has not added anything new to his attack (no jinking, sidesteps, etc...), one would have to ask what advice his agent has been giving him. The Old boys club rules and it is embarrasing the bok heritage.

      Chiduli - 2011-08-15 06:52

      John Robbie said it the other night.....trying to win a world cup with the old school doesn't work!!! Lambie, Mvovo, Johnson all more than deserve their place. What the hell is Danie Rossouw doing running as flank? I just hope Alberts is fit. This last performance has surely indicated to the Bok selectors and management who shouldn't be going to the world cup!!

  • Anneleen - 2011-08-15 08:12

    Welcome Lambie, Mvovo and is your time to shine!!!

      Riaan - 2011-08-15 09:56

      Ralepelle unfortunately wont play aslong as Smit is injury free

      Anneleen - 2011-08-15 10:34

      @Riaan...thanks for your comment...if Smit is not injured, can they not play each player for 40 minutes? Or how will that impact the game?

  • rosemarie - 2011-08-15 20:24

    Well well They are all good players But Tinkering won’t help we need a radical rethink. Anyway God is never wrong & he made Pietertjie- so he tells us – that’s Pietertjie not God.

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