Bok Squad Announced


The Bok squad for the Tri Nations has been announced.


The national selectors have named a squad of 23 for the Springboks’ opening match of the 2009 Tri-Nations against New Zealand at Vodacom Park in Bloemfontein on Saturday, July 25.

The group includes 22 players that took part in the recently completed 2-1 Test series victory over the British & Irish Lions. The only newcomer is Sharks prop Jannie du Plessis, who returns to the national set-up after last playing for the Springboks against England at the end of 2008.

Fourteen of the 23 players selected were amongst the match 22 in the third Test against the Lions on July 4.

The group includes lock Bakkies Botha, whose two-week suspension ends this week. The Bok squad assembles in Bloemfontein on Thursday afternoon.

Players in the broader Springbok squad, who played against the Lions but have not been selected for the first Tri-Nations Test, have been released to play for their provinces in the Currie Cup.

The convenor of the selectors, Peter Jooste, said that it was important to maintain consistency in selection from the Lions Series.

“We have stuck with the core of the players who took part in the Castle South Africa 2009 Lions Series, most of whom have been in the larger Springbok training squad over the past 12 months. We have also tried to ensure that the combinations that featured in the first two Lions Tests are kept intact to ensure consistency and familiarity,? Jooste said.

Head coach Peter de Villiers added that whilst the Tri-Nations represented a new and different challenge it was important to build on what had been achieved against the Lions.

“The Lions Series was ideal preparation for the Tri-Nations,? he said.

“The core squad that secured the series win in the first two Tests has great potential as a unit and we believe that they have much more to offer. That is why we have made sure that we have remained consistent in our selection policy?.

Commenting on the return of Jannie du Plessis, Jooste said: “Jannie has been a part of the Springbok squad since 2007 and still has much to offer. He was unfortunate to miss out on selection for the Lions series but now gets an opportunity in the Tri-Nations?.

Springbok squad:


Andries Bekker (Western Province)
Bakkies Botha (Blue Bulls)
Heinrich Brüssow (Free State Cheetahs)
Bismarck du Plessis (harks)
Jannie du Plessis (Sharks)
Ryan Kankowski (Sharks)
Victor Matfield (Blue Bulls) – vice-captain
Tendai Mtawarira (Sharks)
Chiliboy Ralepelle (Blue Bulls)
Danie Rossouw (Blue Bulls)
John Smit (Sharks) – Captain
Juan Smith (Free State Cheetahs)
Pierre Spies (Blue Bulls)


Jean de Villiers (Western Province)
Fourie du Preez (Blue Bulls)
Jaque Fourie (Lions)
Bryan Habana (Blue Bulls)
Adi Jacobs (Sharks)
Ricky Januarie (Western Province)
Ruan Pienaar (Sharks)
JP Pietersen (Sharks)
Frans Steyn (Sharks)
Morné Steyn (Blue Bulls)

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  1. Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 9:06 am:

    Not bad at all.

    I guess;

    1. Beast
    2. Bissie
    3. John
    4. Bakkies
    5. Vic
    6. Brussow
    7. Juan
    8. Spies
    9. FDP
    10. (This will be interesting)
    11. Habs
    12. JDV
    13. (Another interesting one)
    14. JPP
    15. Frans

    16. Chilli
    17. JDP
    18. Danie
    19. Bekker
    20. Ricky
    21. Adi/Fourie
    22. Morne/Pienaar

  2. Strong squad – PdV is learning and learning fast! I just hope JdP is fit enough but even then he is still a better option than Carstens.

    Pity I already put money on Aus winning the 3N – I am starting to feel I backed the wrong horse :oops:

  3. Reply to Morné @ 9:11 am:

    So Kanko again will be the 23d man… poor oke!

    I think PdV will go with Ruan – who was excellent in the 1st test and Morne coming on to finish the game off.

    Adi will start ahead of JF – POC starting line up not enough with only 3 so Adi will make it #4. If JF does start then I believe that SARU has done a step forward to choose on merit.

    Chilly – IMO is being groomed and I back that! By the time the WC arrives he will be ready. :boxing:

  4. Reply to JT – @ 9:23 am:

    Both as slow as each other… but BJ is a prop… and I’ve seen him put in some huge hits too… cannot say I’ve seen anything other than a bit of average ruck work at snail’s pace around the paddock from Chilli the entire season (albeit from the bench)…

  5. Reply to The Brand @ 9:31 am:

    5-2 split IMO is not bad with the likes of Spies in the mix – he can always move to wing.

    Frans Steyn can cover: 15, 12, 10 and even 13 if need be
    Ruan can cover: 10, 9, 15 and even wing if need be.
    Habs can play: 11, 13
    JPP can cover 14, 15
    JdV can cover: 12, 13, 11,
    Adi can cover 13, 12
    JF can cover: 13, 15, 11/14

  6. Reply to The Brand @ 9:28 am:

    skAApvetjies- nah skAAp isnt that big in the Eastern FrEEState!

    leKKe bEEs though.

    Rather aTTribute it to the beach than leg-of-lamb.

    On cuRRent form I believe Werner Kruger to be the GrEEn3 after JohnSmit.

  7. OK

    then lets get real – uhummmmm – detailed orientated

    If we did not have POC Laws in rugby – sanctioned by the IRB


    only – Rissieseun en Ricky will be open for debate.

    Rissieseun is JT se pet-love en Bryce se pet-hate
    Liebenberg – should be there
    or Strauss – IMO

    Ricky – has what is takes – proofed it in the past
    and if we go with – form is temporary and class permanent – it goes both ways.
    maybe Kockott – I am not in favour of that
    maybe Janu – I am not in favour of that either

    so rolly-polly IS the best sub at 9 we have NOW

    Apart from LH cover – in Steenkamp

    this is the best we can possibly do in SA right now.

  8. Reply to JT – @ 9:39 am:

    HAve had that fEEling for quite a while now

    go and have a lOOk at the OZZie forwards of late.

    Their backs are never :poop:

    Mortlock might be paSSed it by 2011- but Gitaue will be playing behind a megaPack. Their biGGest weakness wiLL be their lack of a quality and suitable experienced 9 and their oFF field bOOzing.

    Trust Deans to have a plan for that – as in bye bye Lote….

    Eish those Kiwi’s were downright stupid to let Deans go.

  9. Reply to JT – @ 9:39 am:

    Pity the NZ odds are so slim… there’d be some decent hedging opportunities for putting down some dosh on both NZ/Aus…

    Currently looking at the Aus/NZ win by 1-12pts for any decent hedges… Aus spiv bookies are masters thwarting them usually though…

  10. Not a bad side at all – Jannie Dup never convinced me – but lets hope he suprise me.

    Can’t wait to see how Brossouw measure up to McCaw and Smith – going to be interesting if the start bitching and moaning that he cheats on the rucks etc – my money is on Aus being the whiners first up. Think he’s one of the brightest prospects of the last few years. Text book fetching – I’ve been looking at the games he’s played in to see how he gets there so quick and manages to snaffle so many balls – he must have fooooooking strong forearm and arms as well – that is why he could throw Martyn Williams around like a ragdoll and also Mike Phillips.


  11. Bryce

    There is no one better plying their trade in SA. So JdP is our only option – but he still doesn’t convince. He needs to have his bloody hair cut – he always gets a bug up his ass when someone pulls it – Shave the head and start Scrumming Jannie.

    TH is a huge weakpoint in SA rugby.

    PS. How is Joost and Ruben doing ?


  12. Reply to JT – @ 9:49 am:

    RSA have plenty A-holes at the top… just none of them fiscal genius’ that don’t take kuk unfortunately…

    Willem… yeah not too sure what to make of the ‘2nd Victorian bid’… it looks like it’s about to turn into to big business battling over the tender… who knows… a third company might even come in…

    Perhaps the first real sponsor owned team in the S14…

  13. Reply to Methos @ 9:48 am:

    Brussouw does three things very very good – that I have noticed.

    1 – He anticipates – where the ball is going to be – and run those lines.
    “Shortest route” – McCaw is the master in this – he is apparently 80% of game never further away than 15 meters from the ball !!!

    2 – He focus mainly on two things – tackle and get-the-ball

    3 – He gets down low, real low, lower than most players ever can, arse to the ground stuff, with straightish back – and then brace himself for impact – when ‘stealing’ balls.

  14. I have always predicted the 3N games according to schedule and traveling so here my predictions for this season:
    Saturday , July 18
    New Zealand vs Australia 07:35 – NZ to just make it!
    Saturday , July 25
    South Africa vs New Zealand 13:00 – NZ need to travel so SA by 10
    Saturday , August 1
    South Africa vs New Zealand 13:00 – NZ a bit more settled but SA at home to win.
    Saturday , August 8
    South Africa vs Australia 13:00 – SA 3rd game on the trot and Aus had a rest – Aus win
    Saturday , August 22
    Australia vs New Zealand 10:05 – Week break but Aus at home Aus win.
    Saturday , August 29
    Australia vs South Africa 12:05 – SA off a break but Aus at home… too close to call. Draw?
    Saturday , September 5
    Australia vs South Africa 10:05 – Aus 3rd game in a row so SA to sneak a win.
    Saturday , September 12
    New Zealand vs South Africa 07:35 – SA 3rd game in a row and travelling – NZ to win.
    Saturday , September 19
    New Zealand vs Australia 07:35 – Aus coming of a mini break – Aus to win.

    And if a calculate that all together: Aus win the 3N?? Well it all comes down to the game on the 29th August IMO. Aus or SA – the winner will win the 3N

  15. Swanger Meerkat has two weeks
    to shed 20 kg.
    Don’t think he’ll make it.

    Wonder how all the decent
    hookers feel?

  16. Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 1:38 pm:

    Why for any team?

    I actually meant a Springbok team.

    France did it this year didn’t they?

    Reply to WiLLem @ 1:36 pm:

    What do you mean yes indeed? |Why are you lot not buying tckets? Too cold, Free State closed for the day? School holdays? Not playing against the Bulls? What’s the country bumpkin excuse this time?

  17. Ok so in Perth het ons kans.

    That is the one place where we regularly take he Aussies close (last year hopefully being an abberation)

    Brissie we have NEVER won so screwesd there.

    Hamilton no idea

  18. That is a good side but the imbalances are clear.

    3 hookers.
    3 props.
    3 scrumhalves.
    1 reliable place kicker and he may be on the bench.

    The 3N is not a NH tour against Wales, Scotland and England where one can get away with passengers.

  19. Reply to fyndraai @ 4:04 pm:

    Good points, also re the kicker.
    Mind you, Tina is at 15 – let’s hope
    Percy spends lots of time with him.

    We really need a better prop than
    JdP on the bench. Steenkamp is not
    really cutting it either.

  20. Once the match start you are stuck with 22 players.
    3 hookers is 1 too many.
    3 props is 1 too few.
    3 scrumhalves is 1 too many.

  21. Reply to JT – @ 8:39 pm: John Smit is both, so we effectively have 3 props and 3 hookers between 5 players.
    Use this advantage to drop Chilliboy and bring in an extra prop. Then you have 4 props and 2 hookers.

    The same situation exist at 9. Leverage this and replace Januarie with an extra looseforward or versatile backline player.