Springbok Selections for EOYT
October 23, 2012, 07:36:11
The next stage of the selection and development programme of the Springbok team will be soon and I believe if custom is to be followed the team will be announced on Saturday after the CC Final. I also take into account the expected selections of Meyer - based on his believe in expereience trumping performance as well as his believe in Bulls players above everything else. So lets start our guessing gme as to who would be in the squad - assuming that at least 30 players will be in the squad. My own selection would be as follows adn I would like some really good comments on this one:-
Full Backs - My choice - Ludick Meyers choice - Kirchner to be added
Wings - My choice - Pietersen, Habana, Rhule Meyer's Choice - Basson, Mvovo to be added
Centers - My choice - Taute, Jordaan Meyer's choice - De Villiers and De Jongh to be added
Flyhalfs - My Choice - Lambe Meyer's choice - Morne Steyn and Jantjies to be added
Scrummies - My choice - Pienaar, Reinach Meyer's Choice - Hougaard to be added
I assume that De Villiers will be fit to play - but if he is not, Meyer is likely to go for Engelbrecht and not Whitehead in the center combination. He may even plunge for Butch James.
No 8 - My choice - Vermeulen, Krankowski Meyer's choice - Botha to be added
Flanks - My choice - Alberts, Coetzee, Louw Meyer's Choice - Potgieter to be added
Locks - My choice - Etzebeth, Bekker (?), Van der Merwe, Bressler Meyer's Choice ???????
Props - Ny choice - Beast, Jannie Du Plessis, Kitshoff, Malherbe Meyers Choice ????????
Hookers - My choice - Strauss Meyer's choice Ralepele and Liebenberg to be added
The above assumes that Beker will be fit to play. I am at a complete loss as to the choice of Meyer as to the locks - he may include Kruger as a lock - which will be a mistake. As to the props he is likely to plunge for Cilliers ahead of Nel. I assume Oosthuizen will not be selected due to injury problems.
In alphabetical order the Squad will look like this:-
Basson, De Jongh, De Villiers, Habana, Hougaard, Jantjies, Jordaan, Kirchner, Lambie, Ludick, Mvovo, Pienaar, Pietersen, Reinach, Rhule, Steyn and Taute
Alberts, Beast. Bekker, Botha, Bressler, Coetzee, Du Plessis, Etzebeth, Kitshoff, Krankowski, Liebenberg. Louw, Malherbe, Potgieter, Ralepele, Strauss and Van der Merwe.
Expect some silliness though - Meyer may not be prepared to select Jordaan and Reinach and may come up with Butch James, Kruger and Cilliers.