Mouritz & Barritt included in England 6N squad (updated with Methos news too!)


England coach Stuart Lancaster picked nine uncapped players on Wednesday including Owen Farrell in a rejuvenated 32-man squad for rugby’s Six Nations.

With Jonny Wilkinson among those to have retired from international rugby since England’s poor World Cup campaign, Lancaster drafted in the young Saracens flyhalf in a group showing 15 changes to the last elite squad picked in August.

Lancaster also called up South Africa’s Brad Barritt, Lee Dickson, Calum Clark, Ben Morgan, Jordan Turner-Hall, Phil Dowson, Joe Marler and Rob Webber in an inexperienced squad.

Former Sharks centre Barritt played for the Durban-based team from 2006-2008 before joining the current English champions.

The RFU announced the squad with the 20-year-old Farrell referred to as a center, hinting that he could start England’s February 4 opener at Scotland in midfield because of a lack of options in the position.

Manu Tuilagi is in the squad but injured, former captain Mike Tindall has been dropped and Shontayne Hape was also omitted.

With first-choice No 10 Toby Flood injured, Charlie Hodgson has been recalled and could be in line for his first appearance since the World Cup warmups against Wales.

Lancaster is yet to pick a captain.

Fullback Delon Armitage, one of the successes of Martin Johnson’s 3-year tenure as team manager, was dropped to the second-tier Saxons squad.

England 32-man elite player squad:

Forwards: Mouritz Botha, Calum Clark, Alex Corbisiero, Dan Cole, Tom Croft, Louis Deacon, Phil Dowson, Dylan Hartley, Courtney Lawes, Joe Marler, Lee Mears, Ben Morgan, Tom Palmer, Chris Robshaw, Matt Stevens, Rob Webber, David Wilson, Tom Wood

Backs: Chris Ashton, Brad Barritt, Mike Brown, Lee Dickson, Owen Farrell, Toby Flood, Ben Foden, Charlie Hodgson, Joe Simpson, Charlie Sharples, David Strettle, Manusamoa Tuilagi, Jordan Turner-Hall, Ben Youngs

And  regarding the older Botha

Who is in any case the best looking with the best looking baby and wife.

This weekend he was declared one of Bedarrides’ best players in their match against Lunel, which his side won 21-14 missing out on a bonus point playing in a difficult stiff wind.

He was nice enough to give us the newspaper clipping and cool pic.

Methos rips into the Lunel forwards like another fearsome Botha!

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    Western Force coach Richard Graham will frantically scour the rugby globe in a bid to find an adequate replacement for alleged thief Willie Ripia.

    The five-eighth sensationally quit the Super Rugby franchise on Tuesday after being captured on CCTV camera allegedly stealing money from team-mates in the changerooms at the squad’s Perth headquarters.

    The 26-year-old resigned after he was informed about the footage last week.

    It’s believed Ripia had been having counselling – organised by the Force – for his gambling problems.

    AAP also understands players had been complaining for months about money going missing.

    Ripia had been previously confronted about the situation, but denied any involvement.

    However, it was only when he was told about the recent CCTV footage that he offered his resignation.

    The New Zealand-born No.10 played seven matches last year with the Force after moving across from the Hurricanes for the 2011 season.

    His departure is a massive blow for the Force, whose five-eighth stocks are dangerously low following James O’Connor’s switch to the Melbourne Rebels.

  2. DavidS

    Jip – verseker het ek nie Brakpan “bloet” nie, ek het 2 stelle oupas en oumas…

    Te oud om vir die Franse te speel – ook nie regtig goed genoeg nie… Was ook dom genoeg om tot en met paar jaar terug te glo aan amateur rugby.

    Maar nou ja – rugby het vir my baie gedoen, het my, my vrou laat ontmoet, my beste vriend laat ontmoet, my in 3 lande laat speel, nuwe taal laat leer en hope vriende laat maak.

    En het my al julle blikskottels laat ontmoet. En dis nog nie verby nie – Het nou die dag teen Chris Wyatt gespeel wat 36 games vir Wallis gespeel het en ook ‘n Britse Leeu was dink ek – hy is 36 en speel nogsteeds – alhoewel hy nie veel beteken het in daai game nie.


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