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Boertjie in England’s sights


Mouritz Botha, a Saffa from Vryheid, could be the surprise package in England’s squad for this year’s Rugby World Cup.

Hendrik Cronjé, Sport24

Botha became eligible to play for England this year.
[RW NOTE: And is the brother of RugRat Methos, who plays club rugby in France.]

Other news is that the Bulls are apparently looking to gain the services of the Stormers’ emerging star centre Johann Sadie, whilst Stephen Nell reports Ricky Januarie’s move to French club side Lyon could potentially pave the way for Francois Hougaard to play for the Stormers in next year’s Super Rugby tournament.

Hougaard, 23, attended Paul Roos Gymnasium and made his senior debut for the Cape provincial side at 18 years of age. He was lured to Pretoria at the end of 2007.


The 29-year Saracens lock has been lauded by the English media after his feisty performance at Gloucester’s Kingsholm ground against Tonga on Sunday.

It was especially his bone crunching tackles on the physical Tongans that attracted big attention in the English Saxons’ 41-14 victory in a Churchill Cup match.

Saxons’ coach Stuart Lancaster, said that many of their forwards impressed so much that they could be included in England coach Martin Johnson’s Rugby World Cup training squad.

After Botha represented English club side Bedford Blues in 73 matches since 2006, he received an offer from Saracens’ South African coach, Brendan Venter in 2009. He has since excelled at Saracens.

He made his debut for the Saxons in their 87-8 victory over America.

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  1. Nog iemand wat die Bokke se lynstaankodes sal lees.

    Geluk met jou Ouboet, Methos!

  2. Making a debut bordering on 30 is impressive stuff and an ode to the continual hard-yards put in over decade of rugby no doubt…

  3. geluk Methos, one seriously hard nugget, that’s for sure.

    WRT Hougaard possibly moving to the Cape, I hope he doesn’t end up being more of a celebrity than a rugby player like most Stormers players who moved there from other provinces.

  4. Deserved congrats to the Botha family!

    Imagine I found you guys a job in IBK – none of this would have happened! Things have a way of falling into place :bowdown:

  5. Fantastic stuff, congrats, and which club does Methos play for ? then I will have another rugby team to support like Sharks in SA, Saracens in UK and whoever Methos plays for in France and will watch the French from now on as well.

  6. Reply to Boertjie @ 4:40 pm:

    Morne is on a farm where the wood and the meat is free and he
    can braai all day.

    Dawie is taking the family on a tour of the SA Breweries
    Museum – one of the main attractions in Joburg, as
    stated by the man himself.

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