Frans Steyn and Big Joe axed from Boks

June 7, 2010
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Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has omitted Frans Steyn and Joe van Niekerk from his 27-man squad for the one-off Test against France at Newlands on Saturday.

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Also dropped after the Boks’ 34-31 win over Wales was prop CJ van der Linde and centre Meyer Bosman.

Wing Odwa Ndungane, who picked up a rib injury while in the process of scoring a try on Saturday, will undergo further scans to assess the damage, but won’t be considered for the game against France.

Andries Bekker, who returned to SA ahead of the Cardiff Test, has been given the weekend off, but may be fit to play against Italy the following week.

Those returning to the squad include Jean de Villiers, Wynand Olivier, Butch James, Morne Steyn, Bryan Habana, Pierre Spies, Schalk Burger, Bakkies Botha, Gurthro Steenkamp and Flip van der Merwe.

Botha, who is still under suspension, won’t be available for the France Test.

Springbok squad:

Zane Kirchner, Gio Aplon, Bjorn Basson, Jaque Fourie, Jean de Villiers, Wynand Olivier, Juan de Jongh, Butch James, Morne Steyn, Bryan Habana, Ruan Pienaar, Ricky Januarie, Pierre Spies, Ryan Kankowski, Dewald Potgieter, Francois Louw, Schalk Burger, Bakkies Botha, Flip van der Merwe, Danie Rossouw, Victor Matfield, Alistair Hargreaves, BJ Botha, John Smit (captain), Chiliboy Ralepelle, Jannie du Plessis, Gurthro Steenkamp

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14 Comments

  1. avatar Ollie says:
    June 7th, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Strong team, should be good enough to put a couple past the frogs

  2. avatar JT says:
    June 7th, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Hope Flip gets a run! Matfield and PK need to rest! They probably will against Italy though.

  3. avatar JT says:
    June 7th, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Interesting at centre 12/13:
    JdV, Fourie, Juan, Olivier… all quality!
    Bjorn would be my starting winger – great future for this guy!

  4. avatar Boertjie says:
    June 7th, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Well, I suppose Duiwel
    was at the airport to
    see Butch James off.
    :jester:

  5. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    June 7th, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    5 locks (albeit one banned), 5 loosies… yet only 1 hooker and only 3 props… not too mention 2 half-backs?

  6. avatar Boertjie says:
    June 7th, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    I noticed what I call lack
    of commitment from Tina -
    twice there were loose balls
    and he did not cover them by
    diving on, standing up and
    securing them.

    Maybe he has a bit of an
    attitude problem.

    Snor wants to play “southern”
    and “northern” sides against
    the Pastas.
    Suppose the big guns will all
    be rotated and rested.

  7. avatar Boertjie says:
    June 7th, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 2:40 pm:

    yet only 1 hooker and only 3 props…
    ======
    Correction: One overweight
    and slow out of form hooker.
    And no.2 should be playing
    Vodacom.

    :twisted:

  8. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    June 7th, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 2:44 pm:

    You say he is overweight… when last did you see him in person?… and out of form… well I’d say dismantling the Stormer’s front-row and making Liebenberg his bitch in the loose is hardly ‘out of form’…

  9. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    June 7th, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 2:48 pm:

    I will state Boertjie as I have a few times of late… I don’t think Smit is more than a 50-60min hooker with so much world-class back-up on the bench in Bismark, Tian, Gary, Strauss…

  10. avatar Ollie says:
    June 7th, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    John Smit can cover prop, so you have cover.

    Looking at the team I would guess that PDV is aiming stretch the frogs physically and expansively. Expect a fast flowing game with plenty of multi phase play.

  11. avatar Boertjie says:
    June 7th, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 2:48 pm:

    I’ve never seen Meerkat in
    person either.
    Anyway I’m just up to some
    :soek:
    but everybody seems dead
    serious.

  12. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    June 7th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Reply to Ollie @ 2:56 pm:

    So he has to cover prop and hooker for the 80mins…

    The more things change the more they stay the same…

    Reply to Boertjie @ 3:16 pm:

    Hehe who is serious?

    Nag apies… :cheers:

  13. avatar Ollie says:
    June 7th, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 3:20 pm:

    I suppose he has to cover it for any length of time that PDV deems he needs to cover it.

  14. avatar Ollie says:
    June 7th, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    I can’t help but think FS has been left out thanks to the shenanigans leading up to the test against Wales.

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