Handré Pollard is one of five uncapped players named in the Springboks’ match-23

Handré Pollard is one of five uncapped players named in the Springboks’ match-23

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Junior Springbok captain Handré Pollard is one of five uncapped players who have been named in the Springboks’ match-23 for Saturday’s final encounter of the Castle Lager Incoming Series against Scotland in Port Elizabeth.
In total, the Springbok starting team shows six changes from the side which beat Wales by 31-30 in Nelspruit last weekend.

The four uncapped players on a new-look bench are Marcel van der Merwe (prop), Stephan Lewies (lock), Teboho “Oupa” Mohoje (loose forward) and Marnitz Boshoff (flyhalf). Also on the bench are Adriaan Strauss, Trevor Nyakane, Francois Hougaard and Zane Kirchner, none of whom have played any Test rugby yet this season.

Two players, Pollard and Marcell Coetzee, have not yet featured for the Springboks this year, while four of these are replacements who have been promoted to the starting team, namely Lwazi Mvovo, Schalk Burger, Lood de Jager and Coenie Oosthuizen.

Tendai Mtawarira (neck), Flip van der Merwe (knee) Willem Alberts (concussion) and Johan Goosen (knee) were not considered for selection this week. Goosen has been released from the squad and has returned to Bloemfontein to continue his final phase rehabilitation at the Toyota Cheetahs.

“We had to make a number of changes to the team and while team selection is never easy, especially this week when we had to make a few hard decisions, it’s been great to see the excitement under the players for this final Test of the series,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.

“Our plans had always been to try a few new combinations this week against Scotland and I’m looking forward to see the guys grab their opportunities.”

Meyer said Pollard had always been part of his plans for the Castle Lager Incoming Series, but that his selection as SA Under-20 captain meant he could only join the squad this week.

“Handré is a very talented player and has a big opportunity this week, but he’ll have Fourie du Preez’s experience next to him, while he’s played a lot with Jan Serfontein before. It’s great to have the current and a former World Junior Player of the Year in the same backline.

“The other new faces in the starting line-up have been part of our squad for some time and they all deserve a run.”

On the composition of the bench, Meyer commented: “Adriaan, Trevor, Francois and Zane know what it’s about while the other guys will bring energy and enthusiasm with them.

“All of them deserve this chance. ‘Oupa’ still played Varsity and Vodacom Cup rugby earlier this season before he got an opportunity to play Vodacom Super Rugby for the Cheetahs because of injuries. He took his chance and now he’s on the cusp of making his Test debut,” said Meyer.

“Marnitz and Marcel have shone for their franchises this year and patiently waited in the last couple of weeks, always working hard and putting in everything at our training sessions. Stephan only joined us on Monday, but he made an impression already at our training camp in Durban last month and slotted in without any problems this week.

“Marcel, Stephan, ‘Oupa’ and Marnitz all made their Vodacom Super Rugby debuts earlier this year following injuries to other players and it’s great to see so many younger players come through the ranks.”

The Springboks will face a confident Scotland side on Saturday after they’ve beaten the USA, Canada and Argentina on tour in the last three weeks.

“They are always a tough opponent, like we saw last year in Nelspruit, but our aim is to build on the two victories over Wales in the last fortnight,” said Meyer.

Meanwhile, Van der Merwe has joined a long list of injured players who will not play again this season after he was ruled out for six months following examination by specialists in Pretoria. He injured his posterior cruciate ligaments.

Mtawarira, who has a bulging disc in his neck and consulted with a specialist in Durban earlier this week, will be monitored for the next two weeks before a decision on his return to the field will be made.

The following players missed out on the entire or part of the Castle Lager Incoming Series because of injury: Jean de Villiers (knee), Damian de Allende (knee) Eben Etzebeth (foot), Jaque Fourie (ankle), Pat Lambie (bicep), Frans Malherbe (concussion), Scarra Ntubeni (foot), Pieter-Steph du Toit (knee), Franco van der Merwe (ankle), Arno Botha (knee), Pierre Spies (bicep), Louis Schreuder (hand), Gio Aplon (elbow), Juan de Jongh (pneumonia), Mtawarira, Van der Merwe, Alberts and Goosen.

Seven players based in France and England have been released to their clubs and were not available for selection this week. they are They are Gurthrö Steenkamp, Schalk Brits, Bakkies Botha, Francois Louw, Morné Steyn, Wynand Olivier and Bryan Habana.

The Springbok team to face Scotland in Port Elizabeth is:

15 Willie le Roux - 14 caps, 30 Test points
14 Cornal Hendricks - 2 caps, 10 Test points
13 JP Pietersen - 53 caps, 80 Test points
12 Jan Serfontein - 11 caps, 5 Test points
11 Lwazi Mvovo - 8 caps, 5 Test points
10 Handré Pollard - uncapped
9 Fourie du Preez (vice-captain) - 69 caps, 75 Test points
8 Duane Vermeulen - 18 caps, 10 Test points
7 Schalk Burger - 70 caps, 65 Test points
6 Marcell Coetzee - 15 caps, 5 Test points
5 Victor Matfield (captain) - 112 caps, 35 Test points
4 Lood de Jager - 2 caps, 0 Test points
3 Jannie du Plessis - 53 caps, 5 Test points
2 Bismarck du Plessis (vice-captain) - 59 caps, 45 Test points
1 Coenie Oosthuizen - 16 caps, 10 Test points
Replacements:
16 Adriaan Strauss - 33 caps, 25 Test points
17 Trevor Nyakane - 3 caps, 5 Test points
18 Marcel van der Merwe - uncapped
19 Stephan Lewies - uncapped
20 Teboho “Oupa” Mohoje - uncapped
21 Francois Hougaard - 27 caps, 20 Test points
22 Marnitz Boshoff - uncapped
23 Zane Kirchner - 28 caps, 25 Test points

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Jun 25, 2014
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  1. gravatar Marisa says:
    Sien Louis Fouche is oppad Japan tow, nie 'n groot verlies vir die bulle nie. Maar ek sien ook Bongi het nog nie weer kontrak geteken nie en daar word verneem dat hy ook die bulle gaan verlaat. So dis nog net slegte nuus die hele week, wanneer kry ons bietjie goeie nuus?? Het enige iemand 'n idee aan wie die bulle belangstel om te kontrakteer? Ek het gelees van Luther Obi die vleuel van die leopards en daar was gerugte van Trevor Nyakane?
  2. gravatar Namib says:
    Kan die blou bull unie ding begin reg doen en die regte foto by die regte artikel te plaas nie. Hoekeom n foto van Hougaard plaas by n artikel oor Handre Pollard, dit maak net nie sin nie.
  3. gravatar Rian Malan says:
    Namib,so maak niks van hulle bestuur meer sin nie,ons verloor net aanmekaar spelers,jaag Xander van rensburg nou weg
  4. gravatar Andre says:
    Ek wonner wanneer gaan Hougaard tramp stamps op sy bene begin sit. Ek sien daar is niks meer plek om op sy arms te krap nie
  5. gravatar Paarlbul says:
    As Bongi ook moet weggaan dan is dit 'n verdere groot gatslag, want hy is die langer termyn haker oplossing. Hy is 'n bleddie goeie speler.

    Solank Frans Ludecke by die Bulle bly, so lank sal ons nog hierdie tipe nuus moet verwerk. Die beter spelers waai en die gemiddeldes bly.

    Kyk hoeveel spelers het die Bulle by die afgelope klomp jare by die Junior Bokkies en hoeveel van hulle word regtig verder geslyp vir senior Bul spanne. Nee hulle koop eerder 'n klomp gemiddelde King spelers - gulsigheid.

    Doen so voort Frans
  6. gravatar Namib says:
    Sien Flip is uit tot volgende jaar
  7. gravatar Blouland says:
    Wessie ek antwoord jou hier na jou opmerkings by die Vlok Ciliers draad.

    Ouens soos jy gaan lankal weg wees, dan gaan ons ou bloggers nog hier wees en saam ly onder die swak bestuur wat ons geliefde span getref het die afgelope paar jaar, en dit lyk nie of dit beter sal gaan nie.

    Luister maar gerus wat manne soos Riaan Malan, Nitronic, Sakkie yster, Bloukaap, Paarlbul en ander hier skryf. Ons lojale ondersteuning maak ons nie blind vir al die swak besluite en swak verskonings wat gebruik word terwyl ons eens trotse unie al swakker doen elke jaar nie.

    Die familie en lojaliteit is nou daarmee heen, so koop vir ons 'n paar bekers deur die beste huidige spelers te koop, nie ons unie te gebruik om vir ander unies en Japan en Europa goeie spelers te ontwikkel nie. Hou op ons geld mors om 'n teelaarde te wees vir dislojale jongspelers van ander unies wat net vir 'n jaar of 2 hier kom geld maak en dan is hul weg na ander unies.

    Xander en van Graan maak dalk lekke geld en lag bank toe, HM se eie bokdrome gaan voort, maar lyk my alles ten koste van die Blou span en Loftus.

    Daar is egter ons gewone mense wat 'n groter passie het vir die blou trui en tradisie en wat dit graag wil geniet elke jaar. So kry vir ons 'n bestuur, afrigters en spelers, al is dit uit die klein plattelandse skole wat saam stem oor een ding:

    BLOU BULLE EN LOFTUS EERSTE !

    Dalk moet ons jong mense meer in die harde lewe daarbuite bekendgestel word om te besef dit is 'n groot voorreg net om gesond te kan wees en 'n bal te kan rondgooi en nog sommer betaal te word daarvoor ook.
  8. gravatar Blouland says:
    En as ouens soos Jimmy Rifrug Judge en die groot Stegmonster ondersteuner (sy naam vergeet?) nie eers meer hier blog nie, dan moet jy begin besef die koffie is nou baie koud en dit is tyd om wakker te skrik, vinnig.
  9. gravatar Cornelius says:
    Dis nie net ons wat spelers verloor, kyk hoe baie gaan weg by die Cheetahs,Money talks en ons kan niks daaraan doen al wil ons hoe graag

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