Three new invites to first Bok camp


REPOSTED: Pieter-Steph du Toit, Jan Serfontein and Robert Ebersohn are the new faces in a Springbok training group named ahead of the Incoming Test series in June.


The first of two planned national training camps will be held here from 14 to 16 April, with Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer and the national selectors inviting 36 players to attend.

The three-day camp will start on Sunday, the day after the Super Rugby derby between the Stormers and the Sharks in Cape Town, and conclude on Tuesday.

“With minimal time to prepare for the series involving Italy, Scotland and Samoa, we’ve approached the franchises, in line with the IRB regulations, to ask for their assistance with these two camps,” said Meyer.

“It’s important to keep continuity and it was very difficult to select only 36 players, as there are many more that are currently playing great rugby.

“There have been a number of new faces that have put up their hands this year, such as Pieter-Steph du Toit, Jan Serfontein and Robert Ebersohn, while we also have a high number of players out with injuries, but who will be available for the Tests in June.

“This group is by no means a final one for the June Tests and could still change in the coming months. There are other players that impressed me in the last couple of weeks and if they continue to keep up their form I will look at them for the second camp.”

The core of the invited group played for the Springboks last year, while Du Toit and Serfontein, two members of last year’s Junior World Championship winning SA Under-20 squad, were also invited.

Handré Pollard, who also excelled for the Junior Boks in 2012, was considered for the camp, but it was decided that it would be better for him and the SA U-20 team’s preparations if he toured with Dawie Theron’s squad to Argentina.

The invited group includes a number of injured players who should be available in June. Andries Bekker, who will play club rugby in Japan at the completion of the Super Rugby season, and the injured Jaco Taute were not considered. Three other overseas-bound Springboks, Habana, Morné Steyn and Juandré Kruger, are available to play for South Africa and were invited.

Meyer and his assistant coaches have been travelling across South Africa since the start of Super Rugby, visiting franchises and sharing information with the franchise coaches and senior players.

“Last year we didn’t have any time to sit with coaches at the various franchises and share ideas,” said Meyer.

“They work with our top players on a daily basis and know them best, which makes their thoughts and insights very important to the national cause. I’ve been very well received and appreciated the time they gave me and the rest of the coaching team. I’ve learnt a lot from all of the franchises and hopefully we added some value to them as well.”

Meyer’s visit to the Kings in Port Elizabeth was postponed on their request and will happen as soon as possible after their return from Australia. The Kings return from their Australasian tour this weekend and were not considered for this camp, but will be in contention for the second planned training camp, at the end of May in Durban.

Players invited to the first Springbok training camp of 2013:
Forwards: Tendai Mtawarira, Jannie du Plessis, Frans Malherbe, Coenie Oosthuizen, Pat Cilliers, Adriaan Strauss, Bismarck du Plessis, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Eben Etzebeth, Flip van der Merwe, Juandré Kruger, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Franco van der Merwe, Siya Kolisi, Marcell Coetzee, Willem Alberts, Arno Botha, Duane Vermeulen, Pierre Spies, Ryan Kankowski.

Backs: Jano Vermaak, Francois Hougaard, Pat Lambie, Morné Steyn, Elton Jantjies, Jean de Villiers, Frans Steyn, Juan de Jongh, Jan Serfontein, Robert Ebersohn, Bryan Habana, Lwazi Mvovo, Raymond Rhule, JP Pietersen, Bjorn Basson, Zane Kirchner.

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  1. Boertjie says:
    April 9th, 2013 at 4:27 pm edit
    Du Toit on the way of becoming a second Ysterbed,
    give him a year, maybe two.

    Ebersohn is good news.
    Americano’s Wunderkind still out of the fold.
    AFAIK Kirchner is still injured for a number
    of weeks.

    PS. Schalk Burger still in hospital with
    bacterial meningitis.

  2. Put it this way: I think Willie is
    a much better call than Bjorn Basson.

    Or maybe it’s just that a Bulls wing
    never gets the ball?

  3. Reply to JT_BOKBEFOK! @ 5:47 pm:


    Eisj! Now you know why I was surprised.
    Ou kop werk nie altyd nie.
    Bekker is fine. I think there is a mistake
    in the original copy.
    Anyway, I have now added the names to Dawie’s post.

  4. Reply to JT_BOKBEFOK! @ 6:15 pm:

    JT – Don’t fall for such credentialism.
    Would you worry about filling a post for a watercolor painter with Michealangelo?
    It really is the same with Messerschmitt-Wille LeRoux.
    I think the selection folks will grow into this realization. Currently they’re still using rotary phones as the WC approaches they’ll recognize the 4G technology at their disposal with World Cup Willie.

    My hope is they just don’t spook him too much and he hustles off to France ala Pieter Devilliers. it would be fitting in a way though….while he is the reincarnated field presence of Andre Joubert in SA.
    He would be the 2nd coming of Serge Blanco in France.
    Give em Hell Willie !!!!!!

  5. Looks like they held current form against Paul “Shifty Gypsy” Jordaan.
    But then, he doesn’t kit up in a baby blue ( or pink) shirt on the weekends.

    Also of note – they left off the HoneyBadger Brussouw.

  6. Janee what rubbish.

    Spies, kanko and all those should not be near these incoming tests and we all know Ebersohn will not get near a Bok jersey.

    Meyer cannot wait to have PSDT run in the 10 channel.

    Just as I get to like rugby we have to read news about the springboks.

  7. No Sarel, Willie, Aplon…Lappies?

    It is once again conservative and winning percentages.

    I am pleased top see Robert get the nod, he has been showing great class for a few years now but Sarel poor oke, what more do you have to do?

    Willie versus Zane is a no contest really.

    Creativity versus dependability – HM.

  8. I think the inclusion of Robert E Ebersohn is just HM showing a bit of leg. He has a thing for 12’s that are large & don’t pass.

    It’s obvious to me that the selection committee made their deliberations/decisions for this on April 1st.

  9. Reply to Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa @ 5:28 am:

    Sarel’s kicking is not good enough for Heyneke. He would prefer a 9, 10 and 12 that can kick and the options that affords him. Therefore expect Fransie back at inside centre, with either Pat or Morne on the inside. Scrumhalf will probably be Ruan again. I don’t expect any changes to the Bok team from last year, barring injuries.

    I, personally, would prefer to have Frans Malherbe and Coenie on the bench though (if we go with the 23 man team), as I believe they are the future front row for the Boks, once Jannie and Beast call it a day. I would, however, stick Coenie back on loosehead, obviously.

  10. Meyer is not going to change his gameplan, on reflection end of last year he said some players have opened his eyes, yeah, the lay off closed them nicely shut again. :dead horse:

  11. I really don’t care that we have a history of how we want to play rugby, I really hoped Meyer was going to evolve our game plan, just for once in my life I want to see a coach going all out to play attacking rugby and not defensive rugby, give it a chance, if we fail miserably over a four year period, I will then admit we are too kak to attack.

    But until then, I will always wonder.

  12. Reply to biltongbek @ 11:14 am:

    easy for you and me to say attack at all costs. If we’re unsuccessfull it’s fine, the coach however will have to live with the rugby public calling him a stupid coach for his entire life. So I dont think we can blame the coach, rather blame us, the rugby public for the coaches being conservative.

  13. Reply to Aldo @ 1:20 pm:

    Aldo, if a coach, lets call him asshole, agrees with SARU management we need a change in our ways, and they accept his appointment on the basis that he will go for gold.

    Then him and SARU goes onto Super Sport and tells the rugby public of south africa that for the next four years this is the outlining criteria on how we need to change our game, the public will accpet it.

    Beside, how many more tests will we lose by playing attacking rugby, we sure as shit aren’t going to lose more matches in Europe, we won’t struggle against the Argentians, Australia won’t know what hit them when we pummel them up front and run them ragged and the Kiwi’s will take it as a challenge and start running from everywhere again, taking uneccessary risks.

    I can tell you now we won’t be worse off than we are now.

    The fact is when we fall behind against the all Balcks and Wallabies, we do not have the game plan to catch up.

    That is a simple fact of life.

  14. Heyneke exclusive: Spies best in his position

    Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has exclusively revealed to ArenaSport the reasons for Pierre Spies’s continued inclusion in the Springbok squad.

    Following the announcement of the first Springbok squad of 2013, for the June Test series against Italy, Samoa and Scotland, Heyneke Meyer has confirmed that Pierre Spies is the best player in his position in South Africa… and possibly the best in the world. Ever.

    “This group is by no means a final one for the June Tests and could still change in the coming months,” says Meyer, “but what I can commit to is that Pierre Spies will always be a part of the Springbok setup, certainly as long as I’m in charge.”

    Ignoring the merits of the Kings Jacques Engelbrecht, the excellent season of the Cheetahs Lappies Labuschagne, and flat-out refusing to acknowledge the existence of Heinrich Brussow and Jesus, Meyer went on to say that Spies is probably the most important member of the Springbok squad.

    “You have to understand that we need Pierre. There is no one else quite like him in South African rugby. No one in any of the other local franchises can do what he does.

    Those big muscles, those strong arms, those thick, immense thighs,” sighed a clearly excited Bok coach, “they are all a necessary cog in the Bok wheel.”

    When pressed, Meyer confirmed what most rugby fans suspected. “Yes, undoubtedly Pierre is the best baggage handler in South African sport.

    With all that time he spends in the gym, he’s able to carry the bags of 10 squad members at one time. This allows us to save and spend wisely in other areas, like on movie nights we can now afford DStv Box Office.”

    Captain Jean de Villiers added to Meyer’s comments. “Pierre is great. You can give him your togs, your formal gear and your essential tour electronic gadgets and he’ll carry them from the team bus to your hotel room. We simply can’t tour without him.”


  15. Reply to biltongbek @ 2:00 pm:

    Bud that is fantasy and you know it.

    History proves it.

    I’ll say two names.

    Harry Viljoen
    Rudolph Straueli.

    Game over.

    The coaches and SARU can tell the rugby public whatever the f**k they want… if the Boks lose the support will vanish, the media will turn against the coach and SARU and the coaching staff will get fired.


    And you can take that to the bank for ANY Top 6 country, whether us, New Zealand, Australia, Wales, Ireland, England or France.

    Winning is ALL that matters.

    And guess what?

    There is the added dimension of sponsorship deals.

    Think Murdochempire will sit still and wait for a team that is one of the Top 3 to be competitive? Don’t worry… the answer is NO. And those sponsors like Canterbury, Sasol, Nike, BMW, Unilever, Distell, SAB will also not sponsor losers…


    Ask Bafana Bafana and the Vroteas cricket team… who have gone from Standard Bank and Castle and MTN to some cooking oil company because they can’t win a trophy…

    Ask Athletics SA or any of our other now obscure sports why they cannot attract sponsors… simple… they’re losers…

    Kry dit deur jou kop.

    Ons speel om te wen in elke wedstryd of ons verloor Springbok rugby…

  16. Reply to DavidS @ 3:48 pm: boet, ons wen nie teen NZ en OZ nie.

    Kry dit deur jou kop.

    Kyk deur die hele Super XV, die span wat momentum het wen die strafskoppe by die ruck. As ons annhoudend verdedigings rugby speel gaan ons annhou kla oor die referee wat heeltyd teen ons beslissings maak.

    Fantasie of not, ons rugby is in die kak as ons aanhou so speel, wanneer sal ons ooreenkom dat dinge moet verander.

    Wanneer ons teen Wallis, Ierland en sulke tipe spanne verloor?

  17. Reply to biltongbek @ 5:01 pm:

    aaah but you see we dont YET lose to them, yet our standards have dropped to the point where we celebrate a 4 point win over Scotland.

    I have said this many times before- SA does not want to be a leading rugby nation anymore. We now just dont want to lose too much – whatever that takes.


    The tide is changing because people are increasingly getting fedup by crash n bash.

    and the day we stop buying R600 tickets because we would rather see Alberts crash up from the 10 channel in the comfort of our homes – thats the day we will see change.

  18. What is also vitally important and few have picked it up – is that the Cheetahs dont score as many tries this year. They are simply more balanced between defense and attack.

    And I think thats all most fans ask for when it comes to the Boks.

    We have players who can attack – please just use them.

    Please just get rid of forward players taking 2nd, 3rd and 4th phase ball in the backline.

  19. The Chiefs illustrate this best.

    You can see in their faces and field positioning that they all understand the simple idea:

    from 3rd phase the ball goes to the backline and they are expected to break the advantage line.

    Now compare this to the Bok philosphy where certain players (coetzee, alberts, etzebeth etc) are given the ball with the instruction to break the advantage line.

    Thats 3 or 4 guys who have already scrummed and contested line-outs and rucks who now have to also be tasked with breaking the advantage line.

  20. Reply to biltongbek @ 5:01 pm:

    Dis vreemd maar die laaste toets wat ons teen Aus gespeel het was ‘n wen gewees… so hou nou maar op kakpraat hoor…

    En die enigste span wat laasjaar NZ gewen het was Engeland en dit ‘n week nadat hulle teen die Bokke verloor het…

    O en NZ het drie games verloor sedert 2011. Een teen ons, een teen Aus en een teen Engeland…

    Wat jy benodig is NIE een of ander Rudolph Straueli / Harry Viljoen poephol wat die hele styl van alle rugby in SA probeer aanpas om soos Frankryk, Aus, NZ te speel nie. Wat moet gebeur is ‘n besef vir waarmee ons goed is en dit gebruik teen ons opponente om te wen.

    As mens probeer om NZ en Aus te na-aap gaan dieselfde gebeur as wat onder Harry Viljoen en Straueli gebeur het. Jy probeer speel soos iemand wat reeds ‘n meester is van hulle manier van speel.

    So ek herhaal

    Jou plan is stupid en reeds bewys as sulks.

    Kyk na Bok sukses jare.

    2009, 2007, 2004, 1998 en 1995

    Gebasseer op tradisionele Bok sterkpunte.

    Groot domineerende fisiese slotte, groot fisies dominerende los voorspelers en gewoonlik een blits, uitstekende 9/10 skakel, en sterk gestruktureerde agterlyn aanval spel met groot vinnige agterspelers.

    In die post 2011 era het ons AL ons spelers wat daardie rol gespeel het verloor. Dink daaraan. Of moenie want jy kan nie, laat ek jou eerder net help.

    Vic Matfield
    Bakkies Botha
    Danie Rossouw
    Schalk Burger
    Heinrich Brussouw
    Fourie Du Preez
    Morne Steyn (vorm verloor)
    Jacque Fourie

    Ons het nog nie daardie kaliber van spelers wat deur kom om daardie spelers te vervang nie. Die coach het twee keuses.

    Wees Harry Viljoen en Rudolph Straueli en begin soos ‘n poephol van scratch af met niks nie, of begin met spelers wat beskikbaar is en reeds hulle self bewys het en skep kontinuïteit deur die span gees en ethos min of meer dieselfde te hou terwyl jy in sleutel posisies nuwe spelers inbring en laat inpas…

    Net soos… uhum… o ja Kitch Christie, Nic Mallett, Jake White, Helium Piet…

    En perfekteer die standaard kragspel en struktuur van Bok rugby om opponente te domineer met die ou Danie Craven sêding “Maak dood voor”…

    En as jy dink dis dom…

    Gaan vra enige NZ coach en hulle sal jou vertel waarop NZ rugby basseer is.

    1. Die voorspeler spel van die 1937 Bokke
    2. Die skakelspel van die 1974 Leeus
    3. Die 1904 “All Blacks” span se agterspel.

    (en ja dit gaan sover terug as die basis van hulle rugby)

    Jy hoef nie die hele wiel te vat, ‘n kak ontwerp te noem en begin werk aan hovercraft nie. want die hovercraft moet oor ongelyke pad ry en dan werk hy nie meer nie, want die 4×4 ry vir hom weg.

    Dis ‘n metafoor.

  21. Reply to DavidS @ 5:44 pm:

    jy is reg. ek dink net die sterk punte van bok rugby word vandag heeltemal onderskat.

    die vinnige senters was nie altyd so groot nie, maar kon reguit maak en op spoed uitgee. Baie soos die Chiefs.

    kyk na die drie – sien wat Sadie doen.


    Absolute basics van agterspel maar spelers kan dit net doen as hulle gewoond daaraan is om in game sitasies op spoed die bal te hanteer.

    Ons gee ons backs nie meer die kans om skills wat hulle as kids leer op die veld te gebruik nie. En dis waarom ons so baie keer sien hoe ons spanne selfs n overlap eenvoudig nie kan convert nie.

    en dan se die coach – nee fok – agterlyn bitcher tries, kom ons hou hom voor.

    Hoe meer ons ons backline kans gee om die bal te hanteer in game sitausies how beter word hulle. Dis logies.

  22. Reply to DavidS @ 5:44 pm:

    So van kak gepraat, jy besef dit is nie 2009 nie?

    Dit is vier jaar later, jy bler oor een ou wennetjie teen Australia by die huis, wat van die vorige vyf?

    Ons het die All Blacks laas geklop in 2011.

    Ek sien jy het absoluut geen buigng in jou opinie, nou wil jy jou konserwatiewe uitkyk op almal afdruk.

    Besef die volgende.

    As ons agter haal ons nie in nie, die All Blacks (en ek is blerrie gatvol om teen hulle te verloor) en die Ozzies (onuithoudbaar om teen hulle te verloor) speel om punte aan te teken, ons speel om pinte te keer. As ons dit regkry om hulle punte te stop dan bly ons in die game, maar as hulle lostrek en n’ paar driee teen ons druk is ons in ons moer.

    Australia het 7 van die laaste tien toetse teen ons gewen. Hoe sien jy dit as a game plan wat werk?

    En dit in n’ tyd waar hulle maar bra power was teen die All Blacks.