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Five Newcomers in Springbok Squad
Five newcomers and two returnees have been added to the bulk of the Springboks’ Castle Lager Rugby Championship squad as the national selectors opted for continuity and rewarding form in naming a 36-man squad for next month’s tour to the Northern Hemisphere.
Twenty-nine of the 36 players named for the Castle Lager Outgoing Tour were part of the Rugby Championship squad. They will be joined by the uncapped quintet of Robbie Coetzee, Julian Redelinghuys, Nizaam Carr, Jaco Kriel and Seabelo Senatla, while Coenie Oosthuizen and Johan Goosen have been recalled to the squad for the tour of four Tests…read more here….
Nick Mallett praises Catrakilis
Former Springbok coach Nick Mallett has lauded the performance of Western Province flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis after their 19-16 Currie Cup final win over the Golden Lions at the weekend. Catrakilis had five shots at goal and scored from them all in a thrilling final before a near-capacity crowd at Newlands.
“‘In the first half, the Lions kicked against the south easter and they are probably not used to kicking into the wind on the highveld. And those missed kicks cost them the game,” said Mallett. “Any cut or hook on the ball gets over-emphasised. The interesting thing was that Demetri Catrakilis converted all his chances. He was metronomic, it was just a factual three when he kicked the ball. Whereas that last kick with Marnitz Boshoff, I knew he was going to miss it, even though my heart broke for him. Once you’ve missed three, it’s difficult to succeed with such a difficult kick from the touchline, some 40m back. The Lions had created the opportunities to score points, but they didn’t profit from it.”
Western Province to Parade the Currie Cup
Western Province, the 2014 Currie Cup champions, will parade their trophy through the streets of Cape Town on Tuesday, president Thelo Wakefield has confirmed. According to Die Burger, the trophy will also travel to Guguletu before being handed to Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille on Wednesday.
“It’s a sign that we’ve done it for the people of the Cape,” said an elated Wakefield.
England add to November Squad
Dave Ewers, Henry Slade and Thomas Waldrom are among the additions to England’s training squad for the upcoming November internationals. The Exeter Chiefs trio come in as injury cover for James Haskell (Wasps), Luther Burrell (Northampton) and Billy Vunipola (Saracens).
Burrell is remaining with Saints for specialist assessment on his injured right hand on Monday and Tuesday while Vunipola will undergo the return to play protocol in camp after suffering concussion in Saracens’ game at Munster on Friday. Haskell is still getting over a viral infection and, with Will Fraser (Saracens) also suffering a concussion, Ewers comes in.
England sweat over Burrell
Northampton centre Luther Burrell is a doubt for England’s November Tests after sustaining a hand injury in the Champions Cup. Burrell was banged up in the 34-6 win over the Ospreys at Franklin’s Gardens. The England centre came back out for the second half but was soon withdrawn when it became appear he couldn’t continue.
England are already without Manu Tuilagi for the matches against New Zealand, South Africa, Samoa and Australia. Burrell partnered Billy Twelvetrees throughout the 2014 Six Nations.
Great start for Racing
Racing Métro made it two wins from two in the Champions Cup as they battled past Treviso 26-10 at Stadio Comunale di Monigo on Sunday. The win gives the French side a three-point cushion over Northampton Saints and Ospreys in Pool 5. Jonny Sexton, a three-time winner of the Heineken Cup, used all his know how to help Racing on their way to victory against their Italian hosts.
Quins on top
Harlequins kept up the pressure on Leinster in Pool 2 as they won away at Wasps 23-16 to make it two from two. Quins have had the wood on Wasps in recent meetings, winning when the two met at the Stoop last month, while also claiming both games between the sides last season.
Those three wins came by a combined five points though, so it’s fair to say Quins haven’t found it that easy. It was the same again here with neither team really able to impose themselves as the boots of Nick Evans and Andy Goode dominated proceedings.