2018 June Internationals



  • Thought Ashton had a decent game, pretty much screaming "pick me, pick me" to Eddie, Brown was pretty anonymous



  • Record points in 108 Years of Twicks against England! Humiliator!

    Really is going to be a spastic fight down in SA.



  • @hooroo bit harsh, I reckon the Boks are on tier way up.



  • Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus unveiled the first look at his plans for this coming international season as he named a squad of 43 for the four winter tests in June, naming no less than 17 uncapped players in his first squad.

    The Springbok squad for the June internationals (in order of name, position, franchise, test caps, points):

    Forwards (24):

    Nizaam Carr (loose forward, DHL Stormers, 5, 0)
    Bismarck du Plessis (hooker, Montpellier, France, 79, 55 - 11t)
    Dan du Preez (loose forward, Cell C Sharks, 3, 0)
    Jean-Luc du Preez (loose forward, Cell C Sharks, 10, 10 - 2t)
    Pieter-Steph du Toit (lock, DHL Stormers, 32, 20 - 4t)
    Thomas du Toit (prop, Cell C Sharks, uncapped)
    Jason Jenkins (lock, Vodacom Bulls, uncapped)
    Steven Kitshoff (prop, DHL Stormers, 23, 5 - 1t)
    Siya Kolisi (loose forward, DHL Stormers, 28, 20 - 4t)
    Wilco Louw (prop, DHL Stormers, 5, 0)
    Frans Malherbe (prop, DHL Stormers, 17, 0)
    Bongi Mbonambi (hooker, DHL Stormers, 14, 5 - 1t)
    Oupa Mohojé (loose forward, Toyota Cheetahs 18, 0)
    Franco Mostert (lock, Emirates Lions, 18, 5 - 1t)
    Tendai Mtawarira (prop, Cell C Sharks, 98, 10 - 2t)
    Ox Nche (prop, Toyota Cheetahs, uncapped)
    Sikhumbuzo Notshe (loose forward, DHL Stormers, uncapped)
    Trevor Nyakane (prop, Vodacom Bulls, 37, 5 - 1t)
    Marvin Orie (lock, Emirates Lions, uncapped)
    Chiliboy Ralepelle (hooker, Cell C Sharks 23, 5 - 1t)
    Kwagga Smith (loose forward, Emirates Lions, uncapped)
    RG Snyman (lock, Vodacom Bulls, uncapped)
    Akker van der Merwe (hooker, Cell C Sharks, uncapped)
    Duane Vermeulen (loose forward, Toulon, France, 39, 10 - 2t)

    Backs (19):

    Lukhanyo Am (centre, Cell C Sharks, 1, 0)
    Curwin Bosch (utility back Cell C Sharks, 1, 0)
    Damian de Allende (centre, DHL Stormers, 28, 15 - 3t)
    Faf de Klerk (scrumhalf, Sale Sharks, England, 11, 0)
    Robert du Preez (flyhalf, Cell C Sharks, uncapped)
    Aphiwe Dyantyi (wing, Emirates Lions, uncapped)
    André Esterhuizen (centre, Cell C Sharks, uncapped)
    Warrick Gelant (fullback, Vodacom Bulls, 2, 5 - 1t)
    Travis Ismaiel (wing, Vodacom Bulls, uncapped)
    Elton Jantjies (flyhalf, Emirates Lions, 23, 203 - 2t, 38c, 39p)
    Jesse Kriel (centre, Vodacom Bulls, 29, 40 - 8t)
    Willie le Roux (fullback, Wasps, England, 41, 50 - 10t)
    Makazole Mapimpi (wing, Cell C Sharks, uncapped)
    Sibusiso Nkosi (wing, Cell C Sharks, uncapped)
    Embrose Papier (scrumhalf, Vodacom Bulls, uncapped)
    Handré Pollard (flyhalf, Vodacom Bulls, 26, 218 - 3t, 37c, 40p, 3d)
    Frans Steyn (utility back, Montpellier, France, 56, 132 - 10t, 5c, 21p, 3d)
    Ivan van Zyl (scrumhalf, Vodacom Bulls, uncapped)
    Cameron Wright (scrumhalf, Cell C Sharks, uncapped)

    https://www.supersport.com/rugby/news/180526_17_uncapped_players_for_Boks



  • @taniwharugby said in 2018 June Internationals:

    @hooroo bit harsh, I reckon the Boks are on tier way up.

    I thought they got pumped last year? I just haven't seen much of them this year to compare



  • Will be interesting to see how the European based players slot in to the group as a whole, given SA fisheads seem to be desperately trying to squash Kilauea-type proportion of race issues which appear lava-like in their ability to de-rail.
    Particularly looking forward to see how Frans Steyn, Vermeulen and Bismarck du Plessis go.



  • @hooroo said in 2018 June Internationals:

    @taniwharugby said in 2018 June Internationals:

    @hooroo bit harsh, I reckon the Boks are on tier way up.

    I thought they got pumped last year? I just haven't seen much of them this year to compare

    Springboks last year:

    June series:
    v France: 37 - 14 W
    v France: 37 - 15 W
    v France: 35 - 12 W

    TRC:
    v Argentina: 37 - 15 W
    v Argentina: 23 - 41 W
    v Australia: 23 - 23 D
    v New Zealand: 57 - 0 L
    v Australia: 27 - 27 D
    v New Zealand: 24 - 25 L

    November tour:
    v Ireland: 38 - 3 L
    v France: 17 - 18 W
    v Italy: 6 - 35 W
    v Wales: 24 - 22 L



  • That's right. I forgot about the 2 comedy draws against Aussie. In my mind they had lost those too



  • What annoyed me about the game was the incessant fanboi-isms of the dreary comms team - ohhhh look at Radradra, how he can offload, what a fantastic play, blah farkin blah....
    Do they not watch any rugby on telly in England? If they watched any SR, or French Top 14 they would note offloads, carries, tackles, and - yes - defence - of this calibre and quality throughout the comps. Just really fuckin irritating we have to put up with this shit. You would think all Eddie has to do is draft in a load of Fijians - and presto, all England woes are automatically fixed.



  • @shadowtrooper said in 2018 June Internationals:

    Will be interesting to see how the European based players slot in to the group as a whole, given SA fisheads seem to be desperately trying to squash Kilauea-type proportion of race issues which appear lava-like in their ability to de-rail.
    Particularly looking forward to see how Frans Steyn, Vermeulen and Bismarck du Plessis go.

    wait, those guys are back in? BdP is 34. Steyn and Duane are 31. How many tests have they played since the 2015 RWC? Is that really good for SA/Bok rugby?



  • @mariner4life said in 2018 June Internationals:

    @shadowtrooper said in 2018 June Internationals:

    Will be interesting to see how the European based players slot in to the group as a whole, given SA fisheads seem to be desperately trying to squash Kilauea-type proportion of race issues which appear lava-like in their ability to de-rail.
    Particularly looking forward to see how Frans Steyn, Vermeulen and Bismarck du Plessis go.

    wait, those guys are back in? BdP is 34. Steyn and Duane are 31. How many tests have they played since the 2015 RWC? Is that really good for SA/Bok rugby?

    Well now, that's exactly what I mean. You have 17 uncapped players, plus the usual suspects plus the European contingent, have you seen Frans Steyn and Vermeulen lately? Not saying they've put on weight, but "work ethic" isn't what springs to mind when you think of foreign-based players.Will be interesting to see how the cauldon is stirred, and if Rassie can keep a lid on it.



  • @mikethesnow said in 2018 June Internationals:

    With the horseshit spouted by the English commentators, Eddie, Hartley and Daly is Alistair Campbell on board with England?

    Listening to the commentary team, you'd think England were winning this comfortably.



  • @antipodean I guess they need to make it palable for the home crowd. Just stop the cheerleading and commentate on the game is what I say.



  • I know I bang on about the quality of refereeing, but this game is dreadful. I feel sorry for any nation that has Mathieu Raynal. He makes O'Keefe look like referee of the year.



  • https://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/44278094

    Flanker Siya Kolisi will become South Africa's first black Test captain in the three-match series against England next month.


  • @kiwimurph Good decision. He's been good for the Sharks and along with du Preez, easy selection for the Boks.



  • @antipodean Kolisi plays for the Stormers. But yes - well deserved - he's been a very good player for a long time. Seems like a top bloke too.



  • @kiwimurph said in 2018 June Internationals:

    @antipodean Kolisi plays for the Stormers. But yes - well deserved - he's been a very good player for a long time. Seems like a top bloke too.

    What position does he play?



  • @hooroo said in 2018 June Internationals:

    @kiwimurph said in 2018 June Internationals:

    @antipodean Kolisi plays for the Stormers. But yes - well deserved - he's been a very good player for a long time. Seems like a top bloke too.

    What position does he play?

    Looseforward



  • @booboo said in 2018 June Internationals:

    @hooroo said in 2018 June Internationals:

    @kiwimurph said in 2018 June Internationals:

    @antipodean Kolisi plays for the Stormers. But yes - well deserved - he's been a very good player for a long time. Seems like a top bloke too.

    What position does he play?

    Looseforward

    Oh good. That makes me happy.