Springbok Squad Announced

Written by kobus. Posted in Rugby


Published on August 05, 2012 with No Comments

The springbok squad for the 1st ever Rugby Championship has been announced. The sharks lost so badly in the final we aren’t too excited about the tournament as we have an idea what New Zealand will do to the other teams. Having said that, the Sharks and the Stomers were 2 of the best teams in the Super Rugby tournament which would mean South Africa could at least achieve 2nd place in the Rugby Championship. With those 2 teams having relative success you would guess that their players would predominantly make up the 30-man squad. Guess again. Seems Heineke Meyer and the selectors are sticking with the team that played against England a couple of weeks ago. I’m all with sticking with the same team, but I definitely feel that some players should be picked according to their form rather than their performance in the past. Yes I’m talking about Spies and Kankowski. The fact that Kankowski is not in the 30-man squad was probably my biggest surprise.

He did include a few debutants which I won’t bore you with but we all know when the squad gets trimmed to the match 22 it will be very similiar to the team that faced England.

To put the team player allocation into more perspective, I’ve drawn up a pie chart showing the percentage players from each team. Glad to see that the majority of the players are from the Sharks. But I’m still stocked that there are more Bulls players than Stomers even though the Stormers are a better team at the moment.

Squad Below:

Willem Alberts, Andries Bekker, Pat Cilliers, Marcell Coetzee, Keegan Daniel, Jean de Villiers (captain), Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, JJ Engelbrecht, Eben Etzebeth, Dean Greyling, Bryan Habana, Francois Hougaard, Elton Jantjies, Zane Kirchner, Siya Kolisi, Juandré Kruger, Patrick Lambie, Tendai Mtawarira, Lwazi Mvovo, Ruan Pienaar, JP Pietersen, Jacques Potgieter, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Pierre Spies, Frans Steyn, Morné Steyn, Adriaan Strauss, Flip van der Merwe, Jano Vermaak


What are your comments/thoughts? Do you agree?

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