Van der Merwe, Matfield named in Springbok squad for Australasian tour

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Van der Merwe, Matfield named in Springbok squad for Australasian tour

Marcel van der Merwe has been called up for the injured Frans Malherbe and Victor Matfield is over his injury problems and will join the Springbok squad when they get together for the Australasian leg of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship.

Van der Merwe will join the rest of the touring party in Johannesburg on Thursday. Malherbe will have to undergo surgery on his fractured ankle and is likely to miss the rest of the season because of this injury.

Furthermore, Willem Alberts has also been drafted back into the squad, pending a fitness test on Thursday when the squad gets together in Johannesburg. Both Alberts and Matfield were part of the initial 30-man squad, but missed out on the victories over Argentina in Pretoria and Salta because of injury.

With Matfield and Alberts, if passed fit, returning for the two-week tour to Australia and New Zealand, Warren Whiteley and Juan Smith will drop out. Smith, however, will remain on standby if Alberts is deemed unable to tour.

“Victor is over his injury and has been declared fit to travel with us for the next two Tests, while we’re awaiting a final verdict on Willem,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.

“It will be good to have them back. Willem has been part of the squad for the last number of seasons and Victor showed he can still add a lot of value when he returned to the Bok fold earlier this year.

“Losing Frans is a huge setback and my heart bleeds for him, because he’s done well since returning from a long injury lay-off recently which saw him miss the June Tests.

“It’s also a big disappointment for Frans, whose involvement with the squad was cut short because of injury last November as well, but Marcel has been with us before and will slot in seamlessly. He provides specialist tighthead cover as Tendai Mtawarira, Gurthrö Steenkamp and Trevor Nyakane are specialist looseheads.”

Meyer added that Whiteley had impressed him immensely during his week with the Springboks and that Smith had made a massive contribution during his time with the squad in the last fortnight.

“Warren and Juan know exactly where they stand and it was great to work with them, even if it was only for a limited period of time,” said Meyer.

The Springboks returned from Argentina on Monday and will enjoy a short break before reconvening in Johannesburg on Thursday. They are scheduled to depart for Perth on Saturday.

Springbok squad to travel to Australasia:

Forwards: Willem Alberts, Bakkies Botha, Schalk Brits, Marcell Coetzee, Lodewyk de Jager, Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Eben Etzebeth, Francois Louw, Victor Matfield, Teboho Mohoje, Tendai Mtawarira, Trevor Nyakane, Gurthrö Steenkamp, Adriaan Strauss, Marcel van der Merwe, Duane Vermeulen.

Backs: Damian de Allende, Jean de Villiers (captain), Bryan Habana, Cornal Hendricks, Francois Hougaard, Patrick Lambie, Willie le Roux, Lwazi Mvovo, Ruan Pienaar, Handré Pollard, Cobus Reinach, Jan Serfontein, Morné Steyn.

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Aug 25, 2014

(6) Van der Merwe, Matfield named in Springbok squad for Australasian tour

  1. gravatar kabous 23 says:
    My bul span vir die naweek is

    15. kriel 14. JJE 13. WSS 12. odendaal 11. Basson, 10. Janjies, 9. Piet, 8 Hatting, 7. JduP, 6 Steggies, 5. Vleis, 4. Paul, 3. Werner(marchelle is bokke toe), 2. Maku, 1. Dean. My bench is Visser, dan Kriel, Page, Ross, Bongi, Wiaan (weet nie watter voorrye is volgende in lyn nie.

    Sover ek kan sien gaan ons super rugby span volgende jaar baie anders lyk. Frik, Marchelle, Mallet, straus in die voorry, Flip en victor op slot, Piere en Arno in die lostrio, Pollard en Jan terug in die agterlyn en Hougaard as skakel.

    Geen rede hoekom hierdie spelers nie die super rugby trofee kan wen nie. ""Slegs die afrigting wat kan lol."""
  2. gravatar Franscois says:
    Kabous ek persoonlik dink nie veel van jantjies of odendaal m span sal so lyk:

    Kriel
    Akona
    Jje
    Wss
    Basson
    Visser
    Piet
    Wiaan
    Bongi
    Steggies
    Jdup
    Willemse
    Werner
    Visagie
    Dean

    Bench sal ek odendaal page ross al die slegte spelers sit
  3. gravatar nitronic says:
    Kan nie glo Heyneke kyk die Leeus stutte mis nie, daai is manne wat jy nie sommer roer in n scrum nie
  4. gravatar Brett Bull says:
    Buldog en Kie, ek stem saam dat nie meer so baie tyd aan basic`s bestee word op hierdie vlak nie maar basic`s kan nooit afgeskeep word nie, daarom is daar hulpafrigters wat deurlopend daarmee moet help. As `n ou soos Ernie Els nie meer aandag aan die basic`s van gholf gee nie gaan hy baie agteruit gaan. Die basics moet gereeld reg ingeoefen word sodat dit in die "mussel memory" ingeprent word. Dit help spelers sonder om te dink die regte aksie uit te voer. Ja nie meer so nodig so op junior vlak nie maar kan nie afgeskeep word nie.

    Wat wel op hierdie vlak baie noodsaaklik is, is om spelers in die afrigter se plan, metodes en visie te laat glo sodat hulle dit met oorgawe en passie uitvoer. Victor het dit in sy boek genoem dat hulle die probleem met verskeie aftrigers in die verlede gehad het, wat met die koms van Heyneke weer verander het. Ons is nou weer in daardie gat. Dit lyk my nie die spelers glo in die afrigters se planne meer nie en speel bloot om die seisoen om te kry. Ongelukkig gaan dit beteken dat belowende jong spelers die pad gaan vat want om gereeld te verloor haal die genot uit enige sport uit.

    Ons kort dringend nuwe planne, metodes en visie in hierdie unie, of die bestaandes in bestuur en afrigting moet die omkeer bewerkstellig met `n wel deurdagte plan van aksie of hulle moet gaan en nuwes toelaat om oor te neem maar om op dieselfde pad Saterdag na Saterdag te loop en te hoop jy kom op `n ander bestemming uit is stupid.

    FL het amper verlede naweek met al die verandering iets nuuts probeer maar ongelukkig nie die wil gehad om sy spelplan behoorlik te verander nie. Ons speel nog heeltemal te veel van stadige besit af of ons maak die besit vir onsself stadig deur die verkeerde skakelpaar te speel. Ons moet die tempo met 25% verhoog en vinnige bal wyd speel soos met Jessie se drie dan kan dinge gebeur maar om soos n spietkop eers almal op hul plek te laat staan en dan die bal aan te gee soos Page dit doen, help glad nie. Spoed op alle fasette is vandag waaroor moderne rugby gaan en die Bulle is so `n paar jaar agter.
  5. My span 15 J Kriel,14 JJ,13 WSS,12 Dries Swanepoel,11 Basson,10 Visser,9 Van Zyl,1 Dean,2 Callie,3 Werner,6 Bongi,5,Van Rensburg,4 Willemse,7 du Plessis,8 Liebenberg (Kapt)
  6. gravatar Oom Koos says:
    Goeie span Rudel

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