Bok training squad released

May 19, 2009
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Peter de Villiers included 6 uncapped players in his squad to face Namibia in a warm-up match before the Lions tour.

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Six uncapped players have been included in a South African training squad that will face a Namibian Invitation XV in Windhoek on Friday May 29, which excludes Bulls players due to their involvement in the Super 14 playoffs.

The 23-strong group includes 17 capped Springboks and 6 uncapped players. The uncapped players are Stormers centre Morgan Newman, Sharks flank Jean Deysel, Sharks lock Steven Sykes, Cheetahs prop Wian du Preez, Lions scrumhalf Jano Vermaak and Lions flyhalf Earl Rose.

Rose was in the Springbok squad at the end of last year but did not feature in the Tests, whilst du Preez toured England and Wales at the end of 2007 but did not play. Vermaak was in the 2007 Emerging SA squad at the IRB Nations Cup, whilst Newman featured for the Emerging side in 2007 and 2008.

Players not considered due to injury are Sharks flyhalf Ruan Pienaar and prop Deon Carstens. Lions centre Jaque Fourie was not considered as he is getting married on Saturday May 30.

The Bulls players could not be considered due to their involvement in the Super 14 playoffs.

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers said he was disappointed about Pienaar’s injury but that it was important for the player to focus on his recovery in advance of the British & Irish Lions tour.

“Ruan is expected to be out for about three weeks and we will closely monitor his progress,” said de Villiers.

“I am hoping that he will be fit to play in the first Test against the Lions in Durban but we are fortunate in that we have adequate cover in the flyhalf position if it is required?.

De Villiers said that despite the absence of the Bulls players he was still able to assemble a strong squad. He added that the game against the Namibian XV would allow him to test systems and plays in preparation for the Lions Test series.

“Without the opportunity of a few warm-up games we must ensure that we get the most out of this match, regardless of the fact that some players are not in attendance. After this match we will assemble a Springbok squad that will have three weeks to prepare for the first Lions test and we have to maximise the time we have at our disposal,” de Villiers said.

The SA Training Squad will assemble in Pretoria on Monday May 25 and travel to Windhoek on Thursday May 28.

The Springbok squad for the Lions series will be named on Monday June 1.

SA Training Squad: Andries Bekker, Heinrich Brüssow, Schalk Burger, Jean de Villiers, Jean Deysel, Bismarck Du Plessis, Wian Du Preez, Peter Grant, Adi Jacobs, Ricky Januarie, Ryan Kankowski, Tendai Mtawarira, Johan Muller, Odwa Ndungane, Morgan Newman, Jongi Nokwe, JP Pietersen, Earl Rose, John Smit (captain), Juan Smith, Adriaan Strauss, Steven Sykes, Jano Vermaak.

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23 Comments

  1. avatar Morné says:
    May 19th, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Well now here is one or two interesting selections…

    Newman????

  2. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    May 19th, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    good to see vermaak get deserved recognition

  3. avatar welshbok says:
    May 19th, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Some quality players, glad to see Jean Deysel.

    Disappointed that Jannie duP and Louis Ludick are not in, no backup at TH for Smit?

    No real 15′s for warmup game against Namibia?

    I suppose with Franscois Steyn hopefully being back for Lions, we have cover @ 15 between him and Kirchner.

    Which Bulls players would have been there?

    Steenkamp
    Bakkies
    Matfield
    Spies
    du Preez
    Steyn? (Hopefully)
    Olivier ? (Hopefully)
    Habana
    Kirchner

    I hope Morne Steyn get’s the nod as backup for Pienaar against Lions.

    Strauss vs Derick Kuun
    Willie Wepener

    (all 3 had good seasons)

  4. avatar Minora says:
    May 19th, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Earl F_ING Rose!!!!

  5. avatar fyndraai says:
    May 19th, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    No Watson????

  6. avatar Morné says:
    May 19th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Reply to fyndraai @ 12:53 pm:

    Yup

  7. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    May 19th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Reply to welshbok @ 12:48 pm:

    Wian… is back-up… surely JDP must be injured?

    Lack of Wepener nor Liebenberg suggests yes indeed the 6th form hooker Ralepelle will be getting the nod…

  8. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    May 19th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 1:02 pm:

    No Ludik/Stefan suggests Kirchner will make the squad… fair enough… but FFS here’s hoping Rose is not even being considered as back-up!

  9. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    May 19th, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    1 Beast
    2 Bismarck, Strauss
    3 Smit, Wian
    4 Muller, Sykes
    5 Andries Bekker,
    6 Burger, Brüssow
    7 Smith, Deysel,
    8 Kankowski

    9 Januarie, Vermaak
    10 Grant, Rose
    11 Nokwe
    12 Newman
    13 Adi
    14 Odwa, Pietersen
    15

    Taking a look at that makes some interesting gaps… and some seriously illogical ones even with the ‘obvious’ gaps being filled by the Bulls…

  10. avatar Boertjie says:
    May 19th, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Morgan Newman had a
    few games as replacement
    for Stormers.

    Fits into Snor meeting his
    quota, giving POC’s a “fair
    chance to develop”.

    Scratching the bottom of the
    barrell IMO.

    Surprised that Frolick chappie
    of the Lions is missing – given
    his family connections.

  11. avatar Boertjie says:
    May 19th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    According to the way the
    squad is named, I presume
    Meerkat is down as a prop.

    LH or TH?

    Good to at least see there is
    no puking to be done in this
    squad.

  12. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    May 19th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 2:10 pm:

    I’ve only seen ltd footage of Newman… he was the best of an average bunch in the Emerging VC tour… and not too bad in his few minutes in the S14… but surely there are more promising POC’s around in the lower ranks to take along for the experience…

    Vulindlu springs to mind… but then he’s not from WP… what about some of the Bok U20′s… there must be the next JPP, or Habs or Beast around…

  13. avatar Namboer says:
    May 19th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 2:15 pm:
    zero zilch nyada tighhead, except képpie John, or that’s how SS reports (in bold!) in their arti….so Meerkat TH then. :bangheadt:

    Seems stupid, unless Snor will keep an eye on CJ vd Linde who is apperently to play for Namibian XV.

    I hope for Adi’s sake they made the right call on his shoulder, got this sneaky suspicion it will bite him in the ass sooner rather than later.

    Meerkat, Rose selections atrocious judging by their most recent form. Rose on the long run never really showed consistent from. Newman will probably only ever get to hold tog bags, don’t expect him to do anything else. At least it’s not Dollie!!!

  14. avatar Namboer says:
    May 19th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Ludik very unlucky, though your guess as good as mine where Fransie will play.

  15. avatar Boertjie says:
    May 19th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Reply to Namboer @ 4:35 pm:

    Tina should play #15 or not
    at all.
    But that means one less POC in
    the team . . .

  16. avatar Namboer says:
    May 19th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 5:08 pm:

    And I’ve been leaning towards ‘not at all’ for a while now…
    :twisted:

  17. avatar Boertjie says:
    May 19th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Reply to Namboer @ 5:22 pm:

    Van die manne het die punt gemaak,
    en dis ‘n goeie een:

    Met Tina op 15 is die Leeus binne
    ‘n radius van 60-70 meter van hul pale
    in gevaar van ‘n skepskop.

    En hy is die een man wat die bal van
    sy eie 22 tot by die opponente s’n kan
    skop.

    En as hy die slag op spoed in die lyn
    kom, gaan jy hom moeiliker keer as die
    meeste ander spelers . . .

  18. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    May 19th, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    1 Beast
    2 Bismarck, Strauss
    3 Smit, Wian
    4 Muller, Sykes
    5 Andries Bekker,
    6 Burger, Brüssow
    7 Smith, Deysel,
    8 Kankowski

    9 Januarie, Vermaak
    10 Grant, Rose
    11 Nokwe
    12 JdV, Newman
    13 Adi
    14 Odwa, Pietersen
    15 ???

    Only Rose in that squad to play 15 IMO. However Petersen has played there before, right? But dangerous without a good boot on him. :roll: :cuckoo:

  19. avatar Cosa says:
    May 19th, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Reply to welshbok @ 12:48 pm:

    Which Bulls players would have been there?

    Steenkamp
    Bakkies
    Matfield
    Spies
    du Preez
    Steyn? (Hopefully)
    Olivier ? (Hopefully)
    Habana
    Kirchner

    I suspect we will see Rossouw, Akona, Chilliboy and also young Werner Kruger there as well.

  20. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    May 19th, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Reply to Cosa @ 6:21 pm:

    I hope Heini Adams makes it ahead of January as well!

  21. avatar newbokshields says:
    May 19th, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    OK so we all realise that the voories need to ‘maak sag’ for the first half. Here is my ‘sagmaak’ pack:

    Beast,Smit,CJ
    Bakkies, Roussouw
    Deysel,Juan(8),Burger

    Then send on Matfield, Brussouw, Spies and Bismarck.

    Megurra Bejaysus……

  22. avatar newbokshields says:
    May 19th, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    Ja anyways feck jis’all I dont have time to post more but soon will.

    a christmas song just for you to show you what to do….

  23. avatar Boertjie says:
    May 19th, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Fok, Boet – leef jy nog, of is dit
    ‘n recording?
    :wink:

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