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Sharkbok

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Rhule to start at 11?
October 28, 2012, 22:08:46

 Springboks out to Rhule on European tour

JOHANNESBURG — Ghana-born teenager Raymond Rhule is among five uncapped players chosen by South Africa for Tests in Ireland, Scotland and England during November.

Tall, physically imposing Rhule was part of the national team that won the IRB Junior World Championship in Cape Town this year and has been outstanding for Free State Cheetahs in the Currie Cup.

He finished highest try scorer in the provincial championship with eight and his power and pace have marked the youngster who moved from Ghana to South Africa during his childhood as a potential future star.

Rhule plays on the left wing and the first choice in that position for the Springboks, veteran Bryan Habana, was ruled out of the tour by an injury sustained Saturday in the Currie Cup final.

Habana joins a long queue of injured stars not considered for the tour, including centre Francois Steyn, fly-half Johan Goosen, hooker Bismarck du Plessis and loose forwards Schalk Burger and Pierre Spies.

Rhule, utility back Lionel Mapoe, scrum-half Jano Vermaak, lock Franco van der Merwe and loose forward Arno Botha are the uncapped players named by coach Heyneke Meyer.

The absence of Goosen has turned the fight to play fly-half against Ireland on November 10 into a three-way struggle between current second choice Elton Jantjies, recalled Morne Steyn and Patrick Lambie.

"This is a very important tour for us as we are going to sample 2015 Rugby World Cup conditions," said Meyer, "and the younger members of the squad must learn how to win away from home.

"Although we won on our last visit to Dublin, we lost the three previous Tests there, and our last visit to Edinburgh ended in defeat. We discovered first hand last June how difficult an opponent England are."

There is a first call-up this for Toulouse loosehead prop Gurthro Steenkamp, who was the first choice in the No 1 shirt during the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand ahead of Tendai 'The Beast' Mtawarira.

Other Europe-based players chosen were Ulster scrum-half Ruan Pienaar, who featured in the mid-year series against England, Saracens hooker Schalk Brits and Bath flanker Francois Louw.

After initially believing he could do without a 'fetcher' among his loose trio, Meyer had a change of heart and Louw revelled in the role once performed by injury-prone Heinrich Brussow.

Springbok squad

Backs: Juan de Jongh, Jean de Villiers (capt), Francois Hougaard, Elton Jantjies, Zane Kirchner, Patrick Lambie, Lionel Mapoe, Lwazi Mvovo, Ruan Pienaar, JP Pietersen, Raymond Rhule, Morne Steyn, Jaco Taute, Jano Vermaak

Forwards: Willem Alberts, Arno Botha, Schalk Brits, Pat Cilliers, Marcell Coetzee, Eben Etzebeth, Juandre Kruger, CJ van der Linde, Francois Louw, Flip van der Merwe, Franco van der Merwe, Tendai Mtawarira, Jannie du Plessis, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Gurthro Steenkamp, Adriaan Strauss, Duane Vermeulen


Sharkbok

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RE: Rhule to start at 11?
October 28, 2012, 22:11:43

  Raymond Rhule was Top try scorer in the curry cup and the Cheetas were not even in the semis. I think that is enough to gain a starting space, although Meyer will probably have him carrying the bags whilist an out of form Bull player in the shape of Hougaard wil start. 

I see Arno Botha is taking the spot that Fourie should be in. Maybe an injury or too will see Deon Fourie get a callup


Ek

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RE: Rhule to start at 11?
October 29, 2012, 08:01:18

 Sharkbok. I think Fourie and the coaches mainly see him as a hooker he only played flank cause of his duty to the team. Bothat though is a good pick for the future, I like him as a Nr 8, so I don't have issues with that one, I also don't think Rhule should start. He is good but untested at this level. If he is to play he should play off the bench. He is valid cover at wing and 13. But still too raw i think to throw him in the pit from the start. I would either just take him along to get used to the system etc. It will do him the world of good, or Play him off the bench, but start, not yet.


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