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JP misses out on Bok contract


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 24 Apr 2013 at 13:45
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JP Pietersen is the big-name omission from a list of 15 contracted Bok players announced by SARU today, with the player’s decision to play in Japan, rather than the Rugby Championship, appearing to put a spanner in the works when it comes to being considered a key member of the national side going forward.

A number of other Sharks have made the cut, though, with Beast Mtawarira, Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Willem Alberts, Marcell Coetzee, Fran Steyn and Pat Lambie all making the grade. That means that Sharks players comprise just under half of the contracted group, flying somewhat in the face of the widely-held belief that coach Heyneke Meyer “favours the Bulls”.

In fact, Western Province (with four players) is the next best-represented side, while the Bulls have only three and the Cheetahs one.

Meyer has opted not to include any players who are either currently foreign-based, or will be in the future, with Morne Steyn, Juandre Kruger, Andries Bekker and Zane Kirchner joining Pietersen on the Bok naughty step.

Interestingly, Pat Lambie is the only flyhalf in the group and Frans Steyn the only outside back.

Contracted Boks:

Beast Mtawarira, Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Adriaan Strauss, Flip van der Merwe, Eben Etzebeth, Duane Vermeulen, Marcell Coetzee, Willem Alberts, Pierre Spies, Francois Hougaard, Pat Lambie, Jean de Villiers, Juan de Jongh, Frans Steyn,



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