Jean is a starter


Centre Jean de Villiers will win his 64 cap for South Africa on Saturday after passing a late fitness test in Dublin on Friday morning.

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He takes his place in the centre alongside Zane Kirchner for the first test of the Springboks’ four-Test tour of Britain and Ireland.

Meanwhile uncapped backrower Willem Alberts has not recovered sufficiently from a calf strain and is replaced on the bench by his Sharks backrow team-mate and in the similarly uncapped Keegan Daniel.

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers welcomed the news of his namesake’s recovery: “We have been hard hit by injuries to our centres so to have Jean available is a major boost. He is an experienced international and is in charge of the backs on tour so it’s great to see him back on the field.

“We had made contingency plans, and had trained with them in mind all week, but with Jean’s knowledge of Ireland’s players – having played for Munster – it was important to have him available for this match.”

Revised team:

15 Gio Aplon, 14 Bjorn Basson, 13 Zane Kirchner, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Juan Smith, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Victor Matfield (c), 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Beast Mtawarira.

Reserves: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Keegan Daniel, 20 Francois Hougaard, 21 Adi Jacobs, 22 Pat Lambie

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  1. jean is plain mediocre, but he has loads of experience and I am happy to have him there.

    Its more fair on lambie and Kirchy to at least have someone with experience.

    but he is crocked so perhaps its not fair on jean to play when he is not 100%?

    but who cares. there is fokkol forward planning or ‘management’ here.

  2. This is good news from a defensive point of view!
    How badly was he injured that he could not train and today he is a starter? What did he have? jippoguts? :oops:

  3. Guys, this is good news. Don’t think we will run anything. Bomb and chase will be the only tactic we could train into the players in one week. So dont hold your breath.

    Our chances are 20% better now. Look at the caps with and without Div.

  4. Now that Jean is at 12 I only have 2 issues with the starting selection!

    1 Kirchner at 13 – as discussed a lot already it is down to injuries and no other 13 in the squad = bad planning and bad luck with injuries.

    2 Ruan at 9 – I would have preferred Hougaard at 9 because from what I have seen from Ruan in the Magners did not convince me.

    1 to 8 = best we can put together!
    Expect 10 man rugby with a lot of chasing for Basson/Habana/Kirchner – all good at chasing.

    I might just make sure I am home earlier than planned tomorrow from the mountain

  5. Reply to JT @ 12:36 pm:

    Game is only 19:30 SA Time.
    If you don’t sprain an ankle you may make it.

    I would have stuck to Hougaard, playing with the bulk of the Bulls’ pack and loosies plus Steyn.

    But then I would not even consider Spies.

  6. Under the circumstances probably the best they could do with what they had selected to tour with them, problem however is their stupid selection for the tour regarding centres.

    Some issues as highlighted by a good mate of mine who gave me some food for thought:

    Waylon Murray (specialist 13) has been playing some really good rugby @ the Lions this season, he is already capped, why not reward his form with a call up.

    same with the Strauss laaitie from the Sharks as a specialist 12, in stead they draw in Adi Jacobs who is already 30, and hasn’t played any rugby since March. It’s wrong to the team and the player.

    Playing Aplon against Rob Kearney @ 15 is also suicidal in my opinion, with bomb after bomb dropped on Aplon and Kearney taking every one of them.

    had they taken decent centres with them on tour, Kirchner could have been utilised in his specialist role @ 15, and given a more competitive edge at the back against Kearney (not brilliant, but probably better than Aplon under the bombs)

    The Irish have got their tales up, they don’t loose kindly in Dublin, that we have found out in recent years.

    I don’t see us winning tomorrow.

  7. Probably once Jean saw the physio’s blonde fluffy hair bobbing near his groin between his leg he miraculously got cured….

    Reply to onerb @ 12:14 pm:

    Ja I suspect Basson and Habana will be doing LOTS of chasing and Zane is quite good at chasing too so expect to see some of the same from him… chasing I mean…

    Just another leftfielder…

    Jacque Fourie started his career as a flyhalf before Frans Ludeke (Lions) and Straueli (Bokke) used him at fullback as a youngster… recall that at that stage Habana was the Lions new outside centre star… it was with Fourie’s shifting to outside centre because of Habana going North that Fourie actually became a Bok outside centre… prior to that he was a … utility back three player…

    Jake used him at outside centre

    Even Snor initially preferred him at wing while Adi Jacobs played 13 centre…

    Yet more to think about

    Damn I hope Kirchner comes off… I sincerely do…

    I’m quite amazed at the number of decent players who have gone from fullback to outside centre successfully…


    Timmie Horan did the change in reverse for 1999 RWC and was player of the tournament…

  8. Reply to JT @ 12:29 pm:

    Stats prove that… so not just an opinion…

    Would have preferred Steyn or la Grange… even Juan De Jongh if fit… in fact if fit even Wynand Olivier who will tackle everyone who enters his defensive field these days and stop them cold…

    Aplon and Kirchner and Steyn are ALL damn good taking high balls…. sound defensively… and with that backline I suspect Mister Kearnsey will have to think twice or three times before bombing them…

    Basson, Pienaar, Aplon and Kirchner are all VERY adept at running from the back with startling success… if Ireland try that they’ll be going home with a 30 point points differential and a disappointed Lansdowne Road…

    I agree re Hougaard though… he’s kicking tactically is far far far better than Pienaar and O’Pienaar has the knack of cracking under pressure…

    Is there not a good local centre playing over there we could call up…

    Oh no

    Barrit is now playing for England (but of course he’s kak), Gavin Hume (but he’s much better because he’s from the Cape… oh and qualified for France)… Marius Joubert anyone?

  9. Reply to DavidS @ 1:36 pm:

    Marius Joubert has been playing at 12 this season – a logical choice if you ask me but will have the same issue as Frans steyn. French clubs using the IRB regulations to the letter? If SA pushed would they have gotten Steyn for this game?

  10. WTF is Daniels doing in the 22 over Kanko…

    He’s light-weight and a similar type player… but gets marauded at S14 level, whilst Kanko shines!

    Ironically he’s make a better 13 in place of Kirchner…

    So now we sit with a 13 who is a slight above average 15, the smallest 15 in world rugby, who’s preferred position (read only viable test position) is on the wing… and an injured 12…