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Cooper starts, Folau at 15 for Oz

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Israel Folau has made the long-awaited switch to fullback and Quade Cooper will start for the Wallabies against the Springboks in Brisbane on Saturday.
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September 4, 2013 – 11:02AM
Georgina Robinson

Quade Cooper will start at five-eighth for the Wallabies against South Africa. Photo: Getty Images

Folau has been named in a back three with wingers James O’Connor and Nick Cummins, who comes into the side at the expense of Brumbies fullback Jesse Mogg.

Folau moves to fullback after five Tests on the wing. Folau played fullback for the Waratahs all season and named the No.15 jersey as his preferred position.

Cooper makes his starting return at five-eighth, squeezing out Matt Toomua, who started both Tests against the All Blacks last month. Toomua and Mogg both move to the bench.

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has kept his midfield intact, naming Adam Ashley-Cooper and Christian Leali’ifano in the centres for the third Test in a row.

“We have very specific thoughts about how we want to play this game and feel Quade is best suited to carrying that out,” McKenzie said.

“He’s been part of our matchday squad in both games so far but his role now changes from being a finisher to starting the game. We feel that role will suit how we want to play.

“He is also an experienced and successful Test player, which is handy to have against a hardened Springboks outfit.

“It has been almost 12 months since he last started a Test match and I’m sure there were times where he wondered if he would wear the number 10 jersey again. He’s worked really hard both on and off the field to now get that chance.

“He’s carried himself extremely well all year and during the last fortnight in the role we’ve asked him to complete. Now, he gets a chance to make an impact from the start of the game.

“That also means we’re asking Matt [Toomua] to fulfil a new role this week. He has had a great season so far and his form was reflected in our decision to choose him for the opening two Test matches. He’s still in our Test squad and will have a part to play in our success this week and moving forward.”

Versatile prop Sekope Kepu replaces Ben Alexander at tighthead, with the Brumbies prop moving to the bench in the only change to the starting eight.

Reds back-rower Jake Schatz has taken Liam Gill’s spot on the bench in an effort to beef up the Wallabies pack.

Wallabies: James Slipper, Stephen Moore, Sekope Kepu, Rob Simmons, James Horwill (c), Scott Fardy, Michael Hooper, Ben Mowen, Will Genia (vc), Quade Cooper, James O’Connor, Christian Leali’ifano, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Nick Cummins, Israel Folau.

Bench: Saia Fainga’a, Scott Sio, Ben Alexander, Kane Douglas, Jake Schatz, Nic White, Matt Toomua, Jesse Mogg.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-union/union-news/quade-cooper-named-to-start-for-wallabies-as-israel-folau-moved-to-fullback-20130904-2t3z8.html#ixzz2du5VqSg3

Could have been better, could have been worse

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Guest writer Mike Bersiks gives an analysis nof the Boks’ performance against Italy.

BOK PLAYERS vs SCOTLAND

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South Africa never looked like losing this Test, so says Mike Bersiks, our guest writer as he embarks on an analysis of the Scotland test match.

BOK PLAYERS vs IRELAND

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Guest writer Mike Bersiks takes a look at the Bok players and rates the game against Ireland.

Meyer’s eyes opened by near misses?

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Guest writer Mike Bersiks asks whether Heyneke Meyer is learning anything from two close misses in our away leg in the antipodes.

Peter Bills sucks and Kiwi cheating

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A few years ago… okay more’n 20 (i.e. the 80’s) Tony Greig famously questioned Merv Hughes’ inclusion in the Aussie ODI squad to face Sri Lanka. Fat Merv opened the bowling, Fat Merv ripped Lanka to pieces… and Bill Lawrie similarly gloated on air “Stick thadup yer arse Tony Greig!”… I have a similar gloat today….

Shortcomings in Tri-Nations build-up

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The Winter Tours in the Southern Hemisphere is a thing of the past, with a clear advantage to the Southern Hemisphere in the results, except for an Australian hickup against England in the 2nd Test and 2 results for Scotland against Argentina. The rest of the results all went the way of the Southern Hemisphere.

I am still not fully happy though with the Springbok run-up to the Tri-Nations and think our National coach missed some opportunities in selecting or establishing the true pecking order in a few positions.

Bok team for Wales

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This is Snor’s initial Bok team to start the international season off with. This is the SARU release.

Bok player ratings vs Pastas

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South Africa finally opened their account on the year-end tour of Europe and Ireland win an emphatic 32-10 win over a game Italian outfit at Stadio Friuli, Udine, on Saturday.

Consistency in selection

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As much as Peter de Villiers stuck with unpopular incumbents in the past, so too will he stick with guys who have now stepped up and grabbed their opportunity

Best mix Boks

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It has been a work in progress but the Boks seems to have finally found the best mix.

Bok Squad Announced

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The Bok squad for the Tri Nations has been announced.

Jannie’s Bok surprise?

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The Boks squad for the Tri-Nations will be announced later today and we might get a few surprises.

Bok team announced

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The Bok team for the second test has been announced.

Bok training squad released

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Peter de Villiers included 6 uncapped players in his squad to face Namibia in a warm-up match before the Lions tour.

Wynand our best 12

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Wynand Olivier is the best bet for the number 12 jersey according to JJ Harmse in his News24 column.

Peter at his colourful best

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Peter entertains the British media.

Baxter warns Poms

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Australia prop Al Baxter, believes England will have to improve their discipline to stand a chance of beating World Champions, South Africa this Saturday.

Much to ponder

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There will be much to consider for Peter de Villiers following a couple of injuries and players out of form.

Injuries rock Boks

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The Boks were hit with some major injury concerns ahead of the England clash.

Will history repeat itself?

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This was the day of Scotland’s biggest win over a woeful group of Springboks who went to Europe to play three matches which were three disasters as they went from bad to worse.

Boks tougher than All Blacks

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Scotland captain Mike Blair believes facing South Africa will be even tougher than taking on the All Blacks.

Peter names unchanged side

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There are no changes to the Bok side to take on Scotland this Saturday.

Vic glad Smit’s back

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Vic is more than happy to hand the captaincy armband back to Smit.

Bakkies starts

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The Springboks have announced their team to play against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff with Bakkies Botha a shock starter.

Six Nations Champs will be toughest

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Wales will be our toughest test.

Ruan to boost Boks

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Speaking to Stephen Nell of Die Burger, Jean de Villiers said that Ruan Pienaar gives the Boks an attacking boost.

DiV to prove them wrong

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Peter de Villiers must use this tour to the UK to prove his critics wrong.

Spies still number 1

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It seems Ryan Kankowski’s Currie Cup heroics was not enough to edge out Pierre Spies as the first choice 8.

The Smit factor

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There was reason for hope in the Bok camp yesterday.

Mr. Miyagi visits Boks

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The Boks were exposed to some ‘indifferent’ training techniques ahead of their tour.

Pienaar ‘Willing to give it a go’

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“I have said in the past that I wanted to specialise at scrumhalf, but I am willing to give flyhalf a go.” – Pienaar

Where’s Grant?

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Not many will be disappointed by the selection of Ruan Pienaar at flyhalf, but even Eddie Jones asks where is Peter Grant?

Who will be in, and who is out?

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With all the controversy surrounding Watson, the Bok emblem and a final to be played this weekend, one would be forgiven if you forgot a Springbok squad will be announced this Saturday.

Arthob appointed Bok Manager

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Arthob Petersen has been re-appointed as the Springbok team manager, SA Rugby confirmed on Thursday.

Nokwe makes his debut

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Nokwe will get his first Bok cap.

Ricky Januarie – Analysis 3N – Game 2

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Last week it was the scrums and this week Rugrat JT takes a look at the game of Springbok scrumhalf, Ricky Januarie, in the 2nd test against the All Blacks played at the House of Pain.

Three change Bokke

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Jantjes correctly booted as Snor makes three changes

Think back: Weird stats and RWC 2007

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This month’s SASI contains some weird stats for that final.

Ring of fire awaits De Villiers

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With just on a month to go to the first test of the year Springbok coach Peter de Villiers must be surveying happenings in the Super 14 with increasing concern.

Who should play for the Boks?

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RugRats, the time has come to start debating who should be in the Bok team right now – based on current form, not reputations. Here are three teams compiled by rugby journalists.

Bravo Peter

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The return of John Smit as Springbok captain for the 2008 season is good news indeed. And very important. The Rugby World Cup Boks and the new regime under Peter de Villiers needs a common denominator – and Smit will be exactly that.

Smit – contract problems loom

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Springbok coach Peter de Villiers and captain John Smit agree that securing his release from the French club Clermont Auvergne where he is now playing may not be easy.

Smit to skipper Boks again

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Rugby World Cup winning captain John Smit will continue as Springbok captain in 2008.

De Villiers to have more black players to choose from than ever

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When Bok coach Peter de Villiers returns from his trip to Britain and Europe next week, he will be pleasantly surprised to see the number of black players in the various Super 14 franchises.

New Bok coach tells of his vision for 2008

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New Springbok coach Peter de Villiers faces a huge challenge in 2008, including six Tests against Australia and New Zealand, but he is determined to stamp his mark on South African rugby.

‘Foreign’ Boks to be frozen out

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Springbok rugby coach Peter de Villiers has made it clear that overseas-based players who harbour international ambitions will stand little chance of playing for South Africa under his reign.

Law Changes Will Confuse Boks

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I feel sorry for the local Springboks who are selected to play in the three Tests against Wales and Italy during the domestic tours after hearing the news that they would have to revert to the traditional rugby laws for those Tests.

De Villiers won’t talk to overseas players yet

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Springboks coach Peter de Villiers insisted on Monday that he will not be talking to any South African players based at European clubs when he undertakes a fact-finding mission to the continent next month.

Sevens ideal stepping stone

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Following the appointment of Springbok coach Peter de Villiers, the players in the national Sevens squad want to use the International Rugby Board’s Sevens circuit as a platform to later progress to Super 14 rugby and the Springbok 15-man squad.