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The low down on the Bok squad

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :End of Year Tour, Original Content, Springboks on 28 Oct 2013 at 10:42
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News filtering in from all over the place this morning has each newspaper, website and blog claiming to have some inside information about the make-up of the Springbok squad to be announced this evening. Well, here are some of the headlines, recapped for you.

It seems that the overall feeling is that Heyneke Meyer will include all of his overseas players, much like he did for the Rugby Championship, and there seems to be no planned resting of any players.

It looks like we are in line to see Fourie du Preez in the squad, his availability for the tests being confirmed by Brenden Nel himself. He may not be the only player from the Japanese league as rumours are strongly indicating returns for JP Pietersen and Jaque Fourie.

Our favourite site, SA Rugby Mag, claims that Bakkies Botha will be back for the tour while Rory Kockett will not be included in the squad. Kockett’s exclusion is as mind boggling as Bakkies’ inclusion will be, especially after the showing of young Pieter-Steph du Toit. Bakkies might be a perfect mentor, seeing as both are 100% Afrikaans, but if Bakkies is to take away any game time from du Toit, I simply cannot agree with his inclusion.

Of the Northerly based players, we see calls for Chilliboy Ralepelle being touted as the third hooker, while Francois Louw, Morne Steyn, Guthro Steenkamp and Zane Kirchner look set to join the team once they arrive in Europe.

I am personally calling for Arno Botha to be included in the tour, based on what I have heard from a source, but we will have to wait and see if this is reliable.

Otherwise, it seems that there will be no clear ‘bolter’ in the squad, with the only outsider getting into the news being Lourens Adriaanse, who has been involved before, so it is nothing really new.

The team announcement takes place later this afternoon, so we will have to wait and see who is in, who misses out and who is there that really shouldn’t be.


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