Coetzee have better pool to pick from


Things are working out nicely for Springbok coach Allister Coetzee for the Castle Rugby Championship which starts next month. Not just did the Springboks played a confident series against the French but the inform players from which Coetzee can pick from is night and day from where he was last year this time.

The only thing that should be a problem at this stage for Coetzee is if his inspirational  captain Warren Whiteley will be fit and ready to lead the Springboks against New Zealand, Australia and Argentina.

Whiteley will be vital for the Springboks if they want to beat the likes of New Zealand and Australia. Although Etzebeth did a good job as captain in the final test one tend to believe for success in the Championship we will need the leadership of Whiteley.

With Super Rugby going into the play-off this week we can see how much better we are as a nation than last year this time. The Lions still miles ahead of any other SA Team but the Stormers as well as the Sharks can beat any team on the day and have brought through some exciting youngsters this season.

It is not just the youngsters that came through for us in Super Rugby but also the experience players that have stepped up as well.

A quick scan through players on form this Super Rugby season we can see that Coetzee will rather have a problem on who to leave out rather than who to pick. Coetzee will most properly concentrate on combinations when he pick his squad and eventually his test side.

A few players have put up their hands this year and then we have players that will come back from injuries as well.

If we look only at the South African base players then we see that we have more than just one or two options out there.

Fullback: Andries Coetzee, Frans Steyn, Warrick Gelant and SP Marais, Dillyn Leyds, Malcolm Jaer

Wings: Ruan Combrinck, Raymond Rhule, Sergeal Petersen, S’busiso Nkosi, Duncan Mathews, Travis Ismaiel, Dillyn Leyds, Kobus van Wyk, Courtnall Skosan, Makazole Mapimpi

Midfield: Jan Serfontein, Jesse Kriel, Frans Steyn, Damiejn De Allende, Lionel Mapoe, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Francois Venter, EW Viljoen, Juan de Jongh, Lukhanyo Am and Harold Vorster

Flyhalfs: Elton Jantjies, Handre Pollard(if back from injury and some Currie Cup games played), Francois Steyn, Curwin Bosch, Lionel Cronje

Srumhalfs: Francois Hougaard, Tian Meyer, Rudy Paige, Jano Vermaak, Ross Cronje

Loose Forwards: Duane Vermeulen, Warren Whiteley, Kwagga Smith, Jaco Kriel, Jean-Luc du Preez, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Siya Kolisi, Uzair Cassiem, Chris Cloete, Andisa Ntsila, Francois Louw,

Locks: Franco Mostert, Eben Etzebeth, Pieter Steph du Toit, Reniel Hugo, Jason Jenkins, RG Snyman, Stephan Lewies,

Props: Frans Malherbe,  Steven Kitshoff, Coenie Oosthuizen, Thomas du Toit, Ruan Dreyer, Pierre Schoeman, Lizo Gqoboka, Beast

Hookers: Chiliboy Ralepelle, Malcolm Marx, Bongi Mbonambi, Akker vd Merwe and Bismark du Plessis

It is a big group of players an dmost may not even come close to selection but it is nice to see that we have players that can make the step up. I am also sure that their are a few players that I missed as well which leaves Coetzee a few nice headaches for the Championship.


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  1. Could pick 2 bladdy good squads with depth. Would be good to see some depth building to RWC. I’d love to see this team have a hit out:

    1. Kitshoff 2. Acker 3. Dreyer
    4. Ruan Botha 5. PSDT
    6. Cloete 7. Notshe 8 Kriel

    9. Hougaard 10. Bosch
    12. Leyds 13. RjVR
    11. Kolbe 14. Combrink 15. Gelant

    Bosch and leyds in the middle will carve up any side – playmakers to rival ABs.

  2. @Aldo:

    Hahaha he’s been smoking his socks again… it would be the smallest loose-trio in the history of Bok rugby on top of those orks in the backline. Imagine the carnage at the breakdown… they’d have to make around 100 tackles each…

    Some mothers to ‘ave ’em.

    As for the list above… whilst it’s pretty much all the half decent players in RSA… I’d garner about half aren’t good enough for test level… and what’s the point of having the rest when you cannot select properly without counting sun-tans.

  3. Aldo/Bryce -leyds and Kolbe are incredible desctructive runners. Kolbe even more lightning than Jason Robinson was.

    Go look at Kolbe’s try. Unbelievable. Encourage this bugger to have a go and he’ll turn the kiwi linebackers inside out with those quick feet. He’s done it before to the blues. Went straight through the whole team.

    Look there are certain big guns that should be starting at present, but can’t help to build depth. That SA A side seemed more like an SA C side to me.

  4. @bryce_in_oz: Bryce, my list above is more a list of inform and guys to look out for….most of the newbies in this list not close to Bok side but if injuries come and it press hard one can look at them.

    They all performed at SR level and one can never say he will not at test level if one did not tried them.

  5. When last has Pollard played a half decent game? And he is already being evaluated for Bok duty again.

    Give the guy a chance to play himself into proper form again, it will do his confidence a hell of a lot of good.

  6. @Jacques:

    What no Ruan Botha? The best lock in South African rugby?


    Haha keep telling yourself that mate… if that was anyone other than the Cheetahs or worst yet a test side… he would have been smashed into 2050!