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Springbok squad welcomes 5 newcomers


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.

“It’s wonderful to have this kind of continuity in selection, while the five uncapped players in the squad have all been rewarded for superb form throughout the season,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.

“Many of the selected players were at our training camp in Stellenbosch last week where we put in a lot of very hard work. We’ll have to hit the ground running when we assemble in Johannesburg on Wednesday before we depart on what will be a challenging tour.

“We start against the Six Nations champions in Dublin and then take on England, who have been on an upward curve over the last couple of years. Italy is always a tough customer at home and the Welsh have probably been one of the most consistent teams in the last number of seasons.”

Meyer congratulated all the players with their selection and said he is looking forward to the opportunity to work with the five newcomers for the first time.

“Julian has been impressive all season and if it wasn’t for injuries, he might have been a Springbok already,” said Meyer.

“He was great in Vodacom Super Rugby and the Absa Currie Cup, where his strong scrummaging has been a hallmark of the Lions’ play. Going north, scrummaging will be vitally important and we would like to see what he can do in those circumstances.

“Next to Julian, Robbie was part of a very dominant Lions scrum throughout the season and this is also a reward for his consistently good performances, while he is also very secure when it comes to throwing into the line-outs.

“Both Nizaam and Jaco have been great in 2014, building on their fine Vodacom Super Rugby form in the Absa Currie Cup where they excelled in the two teams that reached the final.

“Nizaam is a versatile loose forward who can play any position in the back row and has proven his worth at flank and No 8 this season.

“Jaco, who is really very fast for a loose forward and scored the most tries in the Absa Currie Cup this season, is more of a traditional openside flank, a position for which we need cover following Francois Louw’s injury.

“This tour will be a great challenge for both these players to see what they can bring to the table, especially as we only have eight Tests left before the Rugby World Cup next year and we have to ascertain what depth we have at our disposal.

“Seabelo’s speed is well-known to anyone who’s seen him play for the Blitzboks this year and he is now the third player from the Springbok Sevens set-up to be called-up to the Springboks, which is a great compliment to their structures. He’s also made the most of his opportunities in the Absa Currie Cup and we’d like to see if he can take another step up in the toughest circumstances.”

On the returning Oosthuizen and Goosen, Meyer said: “Coenie has been out injured but he made a great return recently. He can pack down on both sides of the scrum and he is in excellent condition, so it’s a pleasure to welcome him back.

“Johan is now playing most of his rugby at fullback and is performing very well in a position where I’ve always thought that he could become a great player. His versatility will come in handy if needed as he is a similar player to Willie in many ways. We also have Pat Lambie who is a great option at fullback – with a smaller squad for the Rugby World Cup next year, these options will be very important.”

None of the overseas-based players will be available for the final match of the tour, against Wales in Cardiff on 29 November, as it falls outside the international Test window. Ruan Pienaar’s selection in the squad is pending a fitness Test next week in Dublin, where he will join the squad on Sunday.

“The Test in Cardiff will be our second of the season which falls outside the window and as we saw in Port Elizabeth against Scotland in June, this is a great test of our depth,” said Meyer.

The following Springboks and players who have been involved with the national team before were not considered for selection due to injury: Fourie du Preez, Schalk Brits, Callie Visagie, Frans Malherbe, Marcel van der Merwe, Flip van der Merwe, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Francois Louw, Siya Kolisi, Arno Botha, Pierre Spies and Willem Alberts. The latter could come into consideration at a later stage during the tour.

The Springbok squad for the Castle Lager Outgoing Tour 2014:

Bakkies Botha (Toulon, France) – Lock, 83 Test caps
Schalk Burger (Suntory, Japan) – Loose forward, 73 Test caps
Nizaam Carr (DHL Western Province) – Loose forward, uncapped
Marcell Coetzee (Cell C Sharks) – Loose forward, 22 Test caps
Robbie Coetzee (Xerox Golden Lions) – Hooker, uncapped
Damian De Allende (DHL Western Province) – Centre / Wing, 2 Test caps
Lodewyk de Jager (Toyota FS Cheetahs) – Lock, 7 Test caps
Jean de Villiers (captain, DHL Western Province) – Centre, 102 Test caps
Bismarck du Plessis (Cell C Sharks) – Hooker, 66 Test caps
Jannie du Plessis (Cell C Sharks) – Prop, 60 Test caps
Eben Etzebeth (DHL Western Province) – Lock, 29 Test caps
Johan Goosen (Racing Metro, France) – Fullback / Flyhalf, 5 Test caps
Bryan Habana (Toulon, France) – Wing, 103 Test caps
Cornal Hendricks (Toyota FS Cheetahs) – Wing, 9 Test caps
Francois Hougaard (Vodacom Blue Bulls) – Scrumhalf, 32 Test caps
Jaco Kriel (Xerox Golden Lions) – Loose forward, uncapped
Patrick Lambie (Cell C Sharks) – Flyhalf / Fullback, 36 Test caps
Willie le Roux (Toyota FS Cheetahs) – Fullback / Wing, 21 Test caps
Victor Matfield (Vodacom Blue Bulls) – Lock, 117 Test caps
Teboho “Oupa” Mohoje (Toyota FS Cheetahs) – Loose forward, 3 Test caps
Tendai Mtawarira (Cell C Sharks) – Prop, 61 Test caps
Lwazi Mvovo (Cell C Sharks) – Wing, 9 Test caps
Trevor Nyakane (Toyota FS Cheetahs) – Prop, 9 Test caps
Coenie Oosthuizen (Toyota FS Cheetahs) – Prop, 17 Test caps
Ruan Pienaar (Ulster, N Ireland) – Scrumhalf, 80 Test caps
JP Pietersen (Panasonic, Japan) – Centre / Wing, 56 Test caps
Handré Pollard (Vodacom Blue Bulls) – Flyhalf, 6 Test caps
Julian Redelinghuys (Xerox Golden Lions) – Prop, uncapped
Cobus Reinach (Cell C Sharks) – Scrumhalf, 2 Test caps
Seabelo Senatla (SA Sevens / DHL WP) – Wing, uncapped
Jan Serfontein (Vodacom Blue Bulls) – Centre, 16 Test caps
Gurthrö Steenkamp (Toulouse, France) – Prop, 52 Test caps
Morné Steyn (Stade Francais, France) – Flyhalf, 59 Test caps
Adriaan Strauss (Toyota FS Cheetahs) – Hooker, 40 Test caps
Duane Vermeulen (DHL Western Province) – No 8, 25 Test caps
Warren Whiteley (Xerox Golden Lions) – Loose forward, 2 Test caps


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  1. Very happy for the newcomers. All of them have shown great form throughout the Currie Cup and it is well deserved.

    How much playing time some of them will get is maybe not so sure, but in the Wales test we might see them getting game time.

  2. What’s going on?
    Why no comment on the biggest of bombshells on this release?

    THE GOOSE is listed as part of EOYT !
    He’s listed firstly as FB !
    I’ve always fancied ( such a euro word to go along with the test location lol) him @ 15. I think he wouldn’t be such a China Doll back there as opposed to #10.
    This is a BIG DEAL.
    HM is playing chess while everyone else is playing checkers.

  3. @Americano:

    Certainly a surprise… he has been in okay form but behind Sexton in the pecking order so not first choice… and his tackling has been woeful… I shudder to think of him as a last line of defence along with Hendricks… and the big English/Welsh backs running on to them…

  4. @Americano:

    He is playing his rugby at 15 for Racing Metro
    and apparently doing very well.
    HM is covering all his bases.
    Also don’t know why Coenie and Steenkamp are there.

  5. @Boertjie:

    Well he cannot get a start at 15 and his defence is woeful (perhaps being out of position which will only get worse at test level)… the thing is he will not be playing ‘outside’ of the test window ie against Wales so I really do not see the point of him being on the bench (where there is not much space) and out of position…

    Coenie is a better Loose Head than Trevor and Guthro’s experience probably puts him on par with Trevor… but yes… what’s the point with 4 Loose-Heads… far too many players on this tour… 7 loose-forwards another example of the excessiveness… and not a single mid-week game to get some combo’s/experiments in… boggles the mind…

  6. Bryce,
    I’m slowly but surely coming to the conclusion that your tackling “concerns” of said players is a motivational ruse.
    First it was with Messerschmitt-Willie. Now the Goose.

    I’ll have you know that I have zero worries about Goose’s tackling acumen & I’ve seen him fell the tallest of trees when with “South Africa’s Team” the Fun N Gun Cheetahs.

    Lord knows you get a lot of practice defending against 2-3 on 1 jailbreaks with their defensive ( or lack thereof ) structure.

    The Goose will be air tight @ 15 defensively. He’s no Hennie Daniller but then who is…

  7. @Americano:

    Worked on Willie didn’t it… certainly improved but still a concern when it’s him and Hendricks stuck in the corner…

    But back to the Goose… from memory he’s only had one 80min game this season… the rest he’s been off the bench… and only one game at 15… so I find it weird he’s pencilling him in that position at all… cannot see HM playing both Lambie and Goosen off the bench…

  8. Nizaan Carr is a walking yellow card outside South Africa… he is like Richie McCaw in the loose… only obvious… a penchant for diving spectacularly over the top of rucks is going to get him red carded.

    Coenie & Johan Goosen…

    Like… no…

    Guthro… also like no

    Then again plenty of worry there

    Die Ellende
    Lood De Jager
    Ruan Pienaar
    Seabola Senatla
    Morne Steyn

    Like no

    There are far better players there… the problem with experience is that in rugby you need to be able to blend your experience with your physical abilities. It’s no use being a rugby genius by experience when Seabola Senatla can outscrum you because you’re 76 years old…

    Murph will attest that for instance ultimate vuilgat Bok Johan Roux is still playing in Roodepoort (still a vuilgat) and undoubtedly as club, SR, Bok and club and varsity he is super experienced but at 44 not really the guy you want playing Bok TH.

    This is what happend to for instance CJ Van Der Linde and poor old Vickery during the 2009 Lions tour …

    Coenie needs lots of work and Guthro has played his best rugby and actually is a throwback to a time when we were short on decent props… now we have four two TH and two LH at the Lions alone… and Guthro should not be selected in wistful rememberance to days when he could scrum the other non props in SA into the ground in 2006 and 2007…

  9. Dunno why he is playing goosen at 15, and the French are daft too, this oke got even more penetration at flyhalf than pollard, he a splitting image of larkham with ability to ghost thru gaps

    With goosen and pollard , prob got 2 if the best young fly halves ter wereld

    Props are a different story – here we are up shit creek without a paddle and I’ll go do far as to say if beast goes tits up with an injury , so does our RWC chances – absolutely fkall test quality

  10. Can Lions fans explain why we are taking Redelinghuys on tour when he wasn’t first choice at the Lions?

    I do know he was injured, but he has been back now and not able to get his starting team position back.

    Are we taking the wrong Lions prop along?

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