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Still a few overseas players on Rassie radar for 2019


You should never put any faith in the Sunday papers but at this time of year we like to get some good news.

According to Rapport, Bismarck Du Plessis and Frans Steyn are among a few players that Rassie Erasmus still looking at for next years world cup.

Both players were in Erasmus group in June this year but both pulled out due to injury.

Well that was the story that we were told. The rumour has it that SA Rugby did not wanted to pay the medical insurance and for that reason they were not available.

Bismarck last played for the Springboks in the 2015 World Cup in England with Steyn last test in 2017.

Other players still likely to make the World Cup squad is Jan Serfontein, Pat Lambie and Francois Hougaard.

We will take these type of news in this silly-season with not just a pinch of salt but with the whole bottle, but at least it will be great news for these players fans.

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  1. If some of these guys are included, I can’t see anyone beating the Boks at RWC.

    Serfontein is a must. Steyn as backup 15. Bismarck as a backup hooker.

    Only thing missing from the squad is a specialist fetcher (brussow?) a scrummie with quick service (schreuder?) and a big strike-runner wing (JP Pieterson?).

  2. Jan Serfontein, Frans Steyn, Bismarck du Plessis, Pat Lambie and Francois Hougaard (God help us)

    All of these guys at who’s expense?

    De Allende? (centre)
    Warrick Gelant / Damian Willemse? (Fullback)
    Bongi Mbonambi? (Hooker)

    As it is, Rassie hasn’t achieved his transformation targets, but who exactly does he need to drop to accommodate these experienced overseas players?

    Forget it, I can’t see any of those youngish white experienced overseas legends ever wearing a bok jersey again, make peace with it.

    The only one that I can realistically see being dropped is Esterhuizen, and that for either Frans Steyn or Jan Serfontein.

    Personally, I’d go for Steyn as he can offer a good bench cover for positions 10, 12, 13 and 15.

  3. Totally love Frank Steyn.
    He is the Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator role of Rugby Union.
    Think about what you were doing, how much better your hair looked etc when ” The Frank ” drop goaled the ABs to loser-ville way back when.
    Case Closed.

  4. Rapport is Afrikaans. They PURPOSELY PUT ” WTF ” type stuff into their articles i.e ” Willie Leroux going to Zeebulls” and in this case Frank Hougaard might go to the WC lol to get picked by English press that is so lazy and FAKE NEWS they’ll hype on anything.
    This type of goofy stuff gives guys like Brenden Nel GOOSEFLESH.

  5. PS I had no idea what goose flesh was till I saw DavidS mention it and I looked it up.
    Its just goose bumps just way more visceral.

  6. The NH sides are strong these days, and ABs can beat anyone, but if injury-free this Bok team too good for anyone.

    1. Kitshoff 2. Marx 3. Koch 4. Etsebeth 5. PSDT 6. Kolisi 7. JLDP 8. Vermeulen

    9. Faf 10. Pollard 12. Serfontein/DDA 13. Kolbe
    11. Sbu 14. Aphiwe 15. WLR

    16. Beast 17. Bongi/Bismarck 18. Malherbe/Louw 19. RG/Mostert 20. Whiteley 21. Schreuder 22. F Steyn 23. DDA/Esterhuizen

    The thing about F Steyn in he covers flyhalf centre and fullback.

    Kolbe can play wing, but I think he’s going to be the Bok’s main weapon – he’s the most dangerous runner in world rugby right now. start him at centre, he will cause mayhem for the oppo. He’s not too small, he’s gritty and strong and fearless.

  7. Would have been good to have had Bismarck in the Bok squad the past three years, just imagine how he could have taught our current hookers how to throw into the lineout. All jokes aside though, he would have helped a lot with transferring experience to our current hookers.

    For all his great talent and experience, I think the boat has sailed for Francois Steyn, after walking out on Heyneke’s team back in the day during the week leading up to a test, I do not think SARU will let him near a Bok jersey again.

    I would like to see Serfontein back though. Just before he left he was by far the best inside centre in SA, to me anyway, and was one of the few bright lights under Allister.

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