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Boks home vs Boks away

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 5 Sep 2013 at 08:45
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Yesterday we had a break from reality and delved into selecting a dream team of coaches for the Springboks, however unlikely those selection may be. Today, we look at something that may seem unrealistic at first, but could well be one of the most entertaining matches thought out.

Before I share my idea, I know that I will be shot down by people saying the players are already playing too much rugby, and that an extra match is not what the schedule needs, but hear me out.

The focus of many opinion pieces over the last few months, and even years, has been the amount of national players leaving South Africa to ply their trade overseas. And while the focus of this has come to light in recent months with the inclusion of so many foreign based players in the Springbok setup, a thought crossed my mind that I had to share.

What would a foreign based Springbok fifteen look like? We have seen the odd article where an entire team is made up from South African players abroad. Some of those teams have looked really good, and while they may be on the older side, the players all have an immense amount of experience, whether at international level or provincial/club.

So if we are able to select a team made up entirely of foreign based players, how amazing would it not be to play a foreign Bok team against a local Bok team? I’m going to let that sink in…

Okay, before you scroll down to tell me how bad that idea is, look at the team sheets below and tell me you wouldn’t tune in to watch this match:

Foreign Bok team: 15. Brent Russel (Zane Kirchner), 14. Tonderai Chavanga (JP Pietersen), 13. Jaque Fourie, 12. Wynand Olivier, 11. Danie Poolman (Bryan Habana), 10. Peter Grant (Morne Steyn), 9. Fourie du Preez / Rory Kockett, 8. Joe van Niekerk, 7. Francois Louw, 6. Heinrich Brussouw, 5. Andries Bekker, 4. Bakkies Botha, 3. BJ Botha / Brian Mujati, 2. Schalk Brits, 1. Heinke van der Merwe / Guthro Steenkamp

Local Bok team: 15. Willie le Roux, 14. Lwazi Mvovo, 13. JJ Engelbrecht, 12. Jean de Villiers, 11. Bjorn Basson, 10. Pat Lambie, 9. Jano Vermaak, 8. Willem Alberts, 7. Marcell Coetzee, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Eben Etzebeth, 4. Flip van der Merwe, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Note: I have put the recently moved foreign players in brackets, for purposes of highlighting other players who have been foreign for a while, while the likes of Kirchner, Habana, Pietersen and Steyn have only at the end of this last season made the move.


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