Back to the future for Springboks


FourieduPreezWalesJan de Koning from Rugby 365 put forward the debate on including overseas players in our Springbok setup and to look at them for our World Cup 2015 campaign. I am sure our bloggers have some kind of opinion on Mr De Koning’s views.

Heyneke Meyer’s decision to make liberal use of players based abroad sparked a renewed debate over the home-versus-away Springbok issue.

New Zealand and Australia have strict policies, which works for them.

Meyer, as he showed this past year, feels he can benefit from making use of the large number of quality players based abroad – as he builds his squad for the 2015 World Cup.

I just happen to agree with the Bok mentor, that there is value in using players like JP Pietersen, Jaque Fourie, Bryan Habana, Morne Steyn, Fourie du Preez, Francois Louw and Bakkies Botha when they are available.

There are a few others who can come into the selection frame to ensure the Boks have both depth and experience aplenty in 2015.

But what I found more intriguing was looking at the players who are available – home and away – and how they stack up against each other.

It is an exercise in futility, but I decided to select two fully-fledged teams – one from players based in South Africa and another from players based abroad.

I managed to come up with two well-balanced teams that will – should they ever meet on the playing field – make for an intriguing match.

It also showed just how much depth is at Meyer’s disposal, although some of their appearances will be limited by their clubs.

My selection policy was simple: Each player must be listed as a Springbok. It does rule out a few quality players playing abroad, such as CJ Stander and Willem Petrus (WP) Nel.

And, of course a good number of Boks will be sitting on the sideline.

Players like Schalk Burger, Johann Muller, Pierre Spies, Peter Grant, Ryan Kankowski, Tiaan Liebenberg, Zane Kirchner, Juan de Jongh, Francois Hougaard, Bjorn Basson, Flip van der Merwe, Elton Jantjies, Marcell Coetzee, Juandré Kruger and Trevor Nyakane were among those considered.

All things considered, I feel the home-based Boks may have a slight edge, but I would not put my house on it!


Home-based XV: 15 Willie le Roux (Cheetahs), 14 JJ Engelbrecht (Bulls), 13 Jean de Villiers (Stormers, captain), 12 Frans Steyn (Sharks), 11 Gio Aplon (Stormers), 10 Johan Goosen (Cheetahs), 9 Piet van Zyl (Bulls), 8 Duane Vermeulen (Stormers), 7 Willem Alberts (Sharks), 6 Siya Kolisi (Stormers), 5 Eben Etzebeth (Stormers), 4 Pieter-Steph du Toit (Sharks), 3 Jannie du Plessis (Sharks), 2 Bismarck du Plessis (Sharks), 1 Tendai Mtawarira (Sharks).
Replacements: 16 Adriaan Strauss (Cheetahs), 17 Coenie Oosthuizen (Cheetahs), 18 Lourens Adriaanse (Sharks), 19 Franco van der Merwe (Lions), 20 Arno Botha (Bulls), 21 Charl McLeod (Sharks), 22 Jan Serfontein (Bulls), 23 Pat Lambie (Sharks).

Overseas-based XV: 15 Riaan Viljoen (Japan), 14 JP Pietersen (Japan), 13 Jaque Fourie (Japan), 12 Robert Ebersohn (France), 11 Bryan Habana (France), 10 Morne Steyn (France), 9 Fourie du Preez (Japan), 8 Danie Rossouw (France), 7 Heinrich Brüssow (Japan), 6 Francois Louw (England), 5 Andries Bekker (Japan), 4 Bakkies Botha (France), 3 BJ Botha (Ireland), 2 Schalk Brits (England), 1 JC Janse van Rensburg (France).
Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle (France), 17 Brian Mujati (France), 18 Gurthro Steenkamp (France), 19 Juan Smith (France), 20 Gerhard Mostert (France), 21 Jano Vermaak (France), 22 Wynand Olivier (France), 23 Ruan Pienaar (Ireland).

By Jan de Koning

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  1. This article was a real reach.
    What’s up next Jan?
    Fantasizing the outcome of a fight between Batman & Spiderman?

    Can’t believe I’m providing this to you without it being fee based – I blame the new year goodwill half life – so her goes/ you’re welcome in advance….

    Explore the pros/cons of Rory Kockett inclusion on each SA S15 side. Who knows maybe Rory’s agent reads this stuff? He could fwd it on to RK & whaddyaknow….baddabingbaddabang RK is a Cheetah….( I so wish – it would also be Aldo’s nightmare as the Cheetahs would FINALLY be able to take one from the Moneyed Monsters of Mordor…..Zee Bulls)

  2. Judging by the teams Jan picked, the SA based XV are stronger .

    Brian Mujati plays for Racing Metro in France now, Jan is correct.

  3. @Christo (Vetgesmeerde Blits):

    Mujati is a British citizen married to an British woman with a British child… he will never play for RSA again… so Jan is being daft even putting his name up…

    As for the OS based team… they’d get smashed… so many holes of averageness in that team…

  4. If you ask me, the OS team would probably win. Anyway on to more important things.

    Americano, oneday Im gonna fly you over to SA and take you to Loftus, make you feel the vibe, love the team. By the end of the evening I’ll have you feasting on Brandy and Coke, consuming huge amounts of red meat, wearing a camo Bulls shirt and singing along to ‘Die Blou Bul’. And then finally you will realise at the Bulls we are a loving family and not a money hungry monster. We are just a smart loving family that believes in capatalism.

  5. LOL Aldo. I do actually like Bulls camo choice. They are going to sell many. Bulls are no dummies – just like the super – villans in movies that have british-y accents (that make them seem all the more smart/evil) they’ve got quite the fashion sense as well.
    Bulls aren’t the only big moneyed bullies – Sharks play that game too – I’d say Stormers as well but they make horrible choices with their loot ( Jaco Taute say no more ).
    I wish there was a salary cap. I’m no commie i’m American for crissakes – sport is different. Puts focus more on coaching so Bulls would still be fine they’d just have to keep their greedy mitts off Piet van Zyl & other Cheetah heros.

  6. Haha Americano, we would be fine, but we see a problem and find a solution. Capitalism in sport. Lol just kidding, Im not the biggest Piet van Zyl fan but he is better than any others we have at the Bulls. I hope Hougaard recovers and plays at wing, but which ever way, someday I’ll get you singing ‘Die Blou Bul’. What a glorious day it would be!