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Botha to lead Bulls


Gary Botha is back at the helm of the Vodacom Blue Bulls and will lead the team on the field in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, when they take on the Eastern Province Elephants in a compulsory friendly.


Botha last played for the Blue Bulls in 2007 and missed the 2008 and 2009 Currie Cup seasons due to commitments with Harlequins in the English Premiership.

He is joined by a number of former players now back with the daisy on the chest.

Jaco van der Westhuyzen (Japan), Juandré Kruger (England) and Jacques-Louis Potgieter (Free State) is also back in light blue, while Hayden Groepes (Boland) is on loan from the south and gets a chance to impress. Bees Roux (Griquas) also changed into a lighter shade of blue.

Numerous Vodacom Cup-players will make their debuts for the Currie Cup side, including Vainon Willis, Okkie Kruger, CJ Stander, Danie Faasen and Clayton Blommetjies.

The team is: Jaco van der Westhuyzen, Vainon Willis, Stephan Dippenaar, Stefan Watermeyer, Hayden Groepes, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Ruan Snyman, Gerrit-Jan van Velze, Derick Kuün, Okkie Kruger, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Fudge Mabeta, Werner Kruger, Gary Botha (c), Jaco Engels. Replacements: Bandise Maku, Bees Roux, Jeandré Kruger, CJ Stander, Danie Faasen, Francois Brummer, Clayton Blommetjies.

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  1. Mark my words: Check out Jaundre Kruger! He WILL be in the 2011 WC squad and outplay the likes of Bakkies and PK!

  2. I like seeing a lot of the U20 WC team names in the CC squads – SA developing them nicely while the Bokke are on 3N duty.

  3. Reply to Boertjie @ 11:21 am:

    and you say that after 1 game at the end of a long French season!? Lets see what happens for the EOYT – I would select a similar type team that PDivvi selected for Wales. Loads of NH boks with some up and coming talent from SA.
    For example:
    15. Lambie
    14. Basson
    13. Mapoe
    12. FS
    11. vd Heever
    10. Butch
    9. Claasens
    8. Kanko
    7. Juan Smith
    6. Brussouw (if fit)
    5. Juandre kruger
    4. Flip vd Merwe
    3. Werner Kruger
    2. Chili
    1. Wiam du Preez
    16. Schalk Britz
    17. BJ
    18. Bakkies
    19. Louw
    18. Vermeulen
    19. Fannykirk
    20. Hougaard
    21. JdV
    22. Ruan
    Just off the top… :whistling:

  4. Reply to DavidS @ 12:34 pm:

    At 12 – I think (FS)

    Reply to JT @ 11:53 am:

    Won’t do – 2 is not enough POCs.
    You’ll have to start thinking
    Goose Step, Jacobs, Davon
    Raubenheimer, De Jongh, Newman,
    The Mummy – to name a few.


  5. Is Stegman injured?

    And van den Heever?

    Couple of players missing. Where are the names of the Currie Cup squad. Anyone know?

  6. Reply to Boertjie @ 1:03 pm:

    ok here goes – but only starting 15:
    15. Jaaaaanches!
    14. Basson
    13. Mapoe
    12. Frans Steyn
    11. Nokwe
    10. Butch
    9. Claasens
    8. Kanko
    7. Juan Smith
    6. Brussouw
    5. Juandre
    4. Bakkies
    3. Mujati
    2. Chili
    1. Beast

  7. Reply to JT @ 2:12 pm:

    Juan Smith as Captain!

    Can only by Chilliboy.

    With the talent we have
    we should really tour
    e.g. Romania, Italia,
    even USA and Canada, not
    to mention Argentina.

    That is if we want to develop
    talent and the game worldwide.

  8. Reply to Ollie @ 2:17 pm:

    And play our WC stars into the ground in November? Last tour we saw that the guys are not up to it. Same problem the NH sides had this June.
    IMO the edge you get now in the 3N against the sides that matter come WC!

  9. Reply to Ollie @ 2:38 pm:

    Beast, Chili and Mujati – no problem there! Mujati is doing well with Saints and has learnt how to scrum!
    You can always swop lambie for Jaaaaaanches or vd Heever or JPP for Nokwe.
    Dit is mos net :pot: PdV gaan die beste kies en alle gaan moan oor te veel rugby! As hy so team soos ek gekies het kies dan gaan hulle hom lynch want ons gaan die helfte van die games verloor!
    Remember that Jake had to worry about his job in that NH tour when SA played England before the WC and we won so he could stay on!

  10. Reply to JT @ 2:52 pm:

    I was thinking about the resting part the other day, do you realise that the Boks have nearly a month break mid 3N?

  11. JT/OLLIE

    You can select a very competent
    side by only including some of
    the fringe players in the above
    With a proper coach.

    Call them Gazelles, restore a
    bit of the history.

    :Boertjie normaal:

  12. Reply to Ollie @ 2:58 pm:

    yip, enough rest in between: 3 week break – and after the 3N they are off till the semis of the CC where they will play again. Then they are off till the Nov tour and after that off Jan and Feb till the start of the S15 which has less travelling next season. All in all it should be ok from the conditioning side. Guys like Brussouw, Juan, FdP will be fresh for the EOYT so no big deal IMO.

  13. Reply to Boertjie @ 3:07 pm:

    It’s sort of like what happens with the Bok A team partaking in the emerging countries competition (can’t remember the name now). I agree on principle though. It would be nice to them doing a tour once a year, but who would you choose as opposition. Emerging country games would not be hard enough for the players to prove they are Bok material, against top 10 countries they would be considered not enough of a money spinner

    Will be a bit tricky with who pays them, costs, the CC & S15 franchises losing players to age group Boks, Boks, Gazelles etc.

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