The Rugby Championship 2016



  • Wallabies squad named:
     
    Allan Alaalatoa, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Adam Coleman, Quade Cooper, Kane Douglas, Scott Fardy, Israel Folau, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, Matt Giteau, James Hanson, Dane Haylett-Petty, Reece Hodge, Michael Hooper, Rob Horne, Sekope Kepu, Samu Kerevi, Tevita Kuridrani, Ben McCalman, Sean McMahon, Drew Mitchell, Stephen Moore (cap), Dean Mumm, Nick Phipps, David Pocock, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Tom Robertson, Rob Simmons, Scott Sio, Will Skelton, James Slipper, Lopeti Timani, Matt Toomua.
     
    No Christian Lealiifano who has been diagnosed with leukaemia



  • Very sad news in regards to Lealiifano.



  • Good to see Haylett-Petty retained and hopefully Hodge will get a go.



  • Springboks squad:

    1. Ruan Combrinck Wing Emirates Lions 2 caps
    2. Damian de Allende Centre DHL Stormers 16 caps
    3. Lood de Jager Lock Toyota Cheetahs 20 caps
    4. Juan de Jongh Centre DHL Stormers 14 caps
    5. Faf de Klerk Scrumhalf Emirates Lions 3 caps
    6. Pieter-Steph du Toit Lock DHL Stormers 11 caps
    7. Eben Etzebeth Lock DHL Stormers 47 caps
    8. Johan Goosen Utility Back Racing Metro (France) 6 caps
    9. Bryan Habana Wing Toulon (France) 117 caps
    10. Francois Hougaard Utility Back Worcester (England) 35 caps
    11. Elton Jantjies Flyhalf Emirates Lions 5 caps
    12. Steven Kitshoff Prop Bordeaux (France) 1 cap
    13. Vincent Koch Prop DHL Stormers/Steval Pumas 2 caps
    14. Jaco Kriel Flank Emirates Lions 1 cap
    15. Jesse Kriel Centre Vodacom Bulls 12 caps
    16. Francois Louw Flank Bath (England) 46 caps
    17. Lionel Mapoe Centre Emirates Lions 4 caps
    18. Malcolm Marx Hooker Emirates Lions 0 caps
    19. Bongi Mbonambi Hooker DHL Stormers 1 cap
    20. Teboho Mohoje Flank Toyota Cheetahs 8 caps
    21. Franco Mostert Lock Emirates Lions 2 caps
    22. Tendai Mtawarira Prop Cell C Sharks 78 caps
    23. Lwazi Mvovo Wing Cell C Sharks 17 caps
    24. Sikhumbuzo Notshe Flank DHL Stormers 0 caps
    25. *Trevor Nyakane Prop Vodacom Bulls 25 caps
    26. Rudy Paige Scrumhalf Vodacom Bulls 3 caps
    27. Julian Redelinghuys Prop Emirates Lions 5 caps
    28. Morne Steyn Flyhalf Stade Francais (France) 61 caps
    29. Adriaan Strauss (captain) Hooker Vodacom Bulls 57 caps
    30. Duane Vermeulen No 8 Toulon (France) 37 caps
    31. Warren Whiteley No 8 Emirates Lions 6 caps
      *Subject to medical clearance
       
      http://www.sarugby.c...boks&id=3644034


  • Where is Van Rensburg the 12? He needs to be in the squad ASAP.



  • de Jongh, Kriel, de Allende and Mapoe. What's Kriel and JdJs form like?



  • No le Roux or Pietersen.  A lot of European-based players have been selected.



  • Where is Van Rensburg the 12? He needs to be in the squad ASAP.

    Yeah I'm a bit relieved that monster isn't in their team but he certainly should be. He's been bloody hard to tackle this last month



  • No le Roux or Pietersen. A lot of European-based players have been selected.Neither has been playing well, so that might be a reflection of form. They're also going OS.I'm guessing Van Rensberg lost on to de Jongh based on melanin content.



  • Where is Van Rensburg the 12? He needs to be in the squad ASAP.

    Crazy leaving him out. The guy is a real handful.



  • De Allende is also a real handful,, in the same position(though not in good form this year) and has the advantage as being classified as colored.



  • A lot of European-based players have been selected.

    Playing the European game does not prepare you for test rugby down south.  Very few players can come down and have an immediate impact - even those who do step up take their time about it.
     
    Selecting from outside the country is a band aid, that comes back to haunt you and weakens local rugby.



  • Without SBW, our midfield is arguably the weakest in the Championship now bar Argentina. Can't think of an obvious (2nd five) replacement for him either.



  • Van Rensburg isn't capped yet I don't think.
     
    If SA don't want him, I'll take him...



  • Theres a guy in France who is a handy 12....don't wanna open that can o' worms!



  • Theres a guy in France who is a handy 12....don't wanna open that can o' worms!

    Could we put out an SOS?



  • you mean he could sign with North Otago for a few months, play a game and get an AB jersey...?



  • I think our midfield is going to be better than Australia's for sure. It may not be yet but I think our players have more talent.



  • shit, i would have picked van rensburg no doubt at all.
     
    don't want to say it's a quota thing though, as south african selections have always left me confused - eg smit, matfield etc well past their best.



  • shit, i would have picked van rensburg no doubt at all.
     
    don't want to say it's a quota thing though, as south african selections have always left me confused - eg smit, matfield etc well past their best.

    It reminds me of when De Allende was on fire and they were picking Jan Serfontein on all the time.


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