Piet van Zyl called up to Boks


Piet van Zyl, scrumhalf of the Toyota Free State Cheetahs, has been called up to the Springbok squad in Mpumalanga in the place of the injured Jano Vermaak.

Vermaak, who made his Test debut in Durban on Saturday in the Springboks’ 44-10 victory over Italy, left the field in the 60th minute with a serious hamstring injury.

“Sadly Jano will not be able to play in the rest of the Castle Lager Incoming Series and the decision was taken to replace him with Piet van Zyl,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.

Van Zyl will link up with the Springbok squad later on Sunday at their base in Hazyview, where they will be preparing for the second Test of the series, on Saturday against Scotland at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.

It will be Van Zyl’s first official involvement with the Springbok squad after he toured with the squad as one of six young guns last June.

Van Zyl is the fourth member of the young gun squad of six to make it into the senior squad. The others are Siya Kolisi, Arno Botha and Frans Malherbe.

Apart from Vermaak, there were no other serious injury concerns in the Springbok camp, apart from the usual bumps and bruises.

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  1. Someone – perhaps you Aldo –
    Needs to have HM seen. While I’ve never encountered personally – I’ve read about this in medical journals.
    Sounds like a case of “Cheetah Fever”.
    PVZ is dynamic but his kicking game is zilch. Maybe Zee, after witnessing the revelation that is Messerschmitt-Willie LeRoux believes all thes Fun-N-Gun characters are coachable to his criteria.
    Two players that really need to sit down & analyze missed opportunities are Hougaard & (while it PAINS me to say….)Super Pretorious.

    It is my opinion that Sun-King Willie could fill in a #9 in a pinch.
    I don’t know exactly what’s going on with this national set up but it certainly is dynamic.

  2. To be honest americano, Pienaar will probably start with Hougaard benching and van zyl carrying tackle bags etc for the tour. So dont reckon he will play. Maybe he can spend the time working on his kicking game. Hehe, might be why Heyneke called him up.

  3. Reply to DavidS @ 7:50 am:

    to be fair – form in the U20 is thrown out the window every year – the turn-over of players is such that you cannot go on the fact that 1 team or another was a finalist oor champ.
    Every year the U20 RWC is played with 90+% new players who never played in a RWC before.

    Bokkies looked good when their tails were up but when England started controlling the ball they visibly got nervous and the mistakes started creeping in. England exposed the defense in the 12 channel (Pollard) and other teams will now target that channel.

    SA need to get the ball to COlby (15), Senatla (11) because these guys have pace
    Looking good for SA’s future IMO.

  4. Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 10:06 am:

    most of those were close in – that Pom #2 was a slippery bastard! Big, strong fast and hard to take down :applause:

    Bokkies will take a lot from this game – they can do it! Kiwis looked beatable against those Aussies who lost to Ireland.
    Next up is France – this will be another tough game – Frenmch are hurt and want to prove something at home! :?