An unfortunate spite of injuries saw the DHL Stormers front rower making a handful of Test appearances the previous three years after he was a regular for the Springboks at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England. In June 2017, he scored 52 points against France in three Tests. Rosko Specman revived his 15’s career in 2016 with a season playing for Durban Collegians in the Gold Cup. South Africa remains an unbalanced society, but alternate routes to the top of the game are starting to give players who were not part of the elite system the opportunity to make their presence felt at the highest level of the game. The speedy Cell C Sharks wing is a clinical finisher out wide and announced himself on the scene with some impressive performances for the Isuzu Southern Kings a few seasons ago, before a brief stint in Bloemfontein. The former DHL Stormers prop nowadays packs in the front row of English club Saracens. The South African Rand will always struggle against Northern Hemisphere currencies, so casting a wider net to bring more talent in the system becomes more important. Erasmus opted for a 17/14 split amongst forwards and backs with 7 players in the squad plying their trade overseas. Le Roux has established himself as a fan favourite at Wasps in England thanks to his attacking play, good kicking skills and regular try scoring feats. Pieter-Steph, who was named the SA Rugby Player of the Year for 2016 and 2018, is an uncompromising forward who is equally comfortable playing on the side of the scrum and at lock. He represented the Springboks at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, but missed most of the following two seasons due to serious knee and ankle injuries. Your email address will not be published. Brits, a mainstay for English club Saracens the last decade, is regarded as one of the best ever foreign imports in the, He has been recalled to the Springbok squad by Rassie Erasmus, who wants to use his. He represented the Springboks at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, but missed most of the following two seasons due to serious knee and ankle injuries. Thirty-two capped Springboks – 13 of whom were part of the Rugby World Cup-winning squad in Japan a year ago – a number of Blitzboks and recent Junior Boks are among a roster of 93 players in the draft squad for the historic Castle Lager Springbok Showdown in Cape Town on … Tendai Mtawarira was among the three Springboks named in World Rugby’s Team of the Decade as part of the Special Edition Awards held on Monday evening. Register (it’s quick and free) or sign in now. Kolisi is a tough-as-nails loose forward who is comfortable on either side of the scrum. Yesterday South Africa Rugby … Big Damian de Allende was named South African Vodacom Super Rugby Player of the Year for 2015, and he has been playing at the top level ever since, after a rapid rise through the ranks earlier in his career. Three Springbok Rugby World Cup-winners, Tendai Mtawarira, Bismarck du Plessis and Bryan Habana, were named in the World Rugby 15s Team of the Decade as part of the World Rugby Awards Special Edition on Monday night. The first time that he got … He was appointed Springbok captain last year and the Bok skipper is a huge fan favourite. Eleven former South African international players have been inducted into either the International Rugby Hall of Fame or the IRB Hall of Fame. South Africa’s premier club rugby competition pits each province’s club champions against each other. He relocated to England at the end of 2018, where he signed with Gloucester. A similar change was envisioned for the national rugby squad's springbok emblem. by most pundits as one of the best hookers in the world. The world-class players would from that original bunch of school kids selected from the elite playing schools would eventually don the coveted green and gold Springbok jersey. Vermeulen battled with some injuries in 2017 but has bounced back to his usual reliable best in 2018 as he played another influential role for the Boks. an impressive stock of playing personnel. Since the demise of apartheid the ruling African National Congress has wanted to replace the Springbok across all national teams, as emblem of the racially segregated sporting codes, with a neutral symbol that would represent a decisive break with a repressive past. But what of those players who did not have the privilege of attending one of the elite rugby schools? To illustrate the point that a widened net is starting to produce Springbok rugby players, we took a look at where the members of the original Springbok Rugby World Cup 2019 went to school. The top 2019 Vodacom Super Rugby point scorer has established himself as a leader in the Bok team. Required fields are marked *. Malherbe is very strong in the scrums and not shy to put in the hard yards around the park. Siya Kolisi, who made his Test debut against Scotland in Nelspruit in 2013, captained the DHL Stormers from 2017. A strong scrummager on either side of the scrum and very busy in the tight loose, Nyakane excelled for the Toyota Cheetahs and the Vodacom Bulls in the last couple of seasons. Six are members of the International Rugby Hall of Fame only; two are members of the IRB Hall of Fame only, and four are members of both Halls of Fame. He also played for Bordeaux-Bègles in the French Top 14 before returning to South Africa in 2017 and is now an established member of the Bok front row. Marx, the SA Rugby Player of the Year for 2017, is back to his best after missing a part of the 2018 Vodacom Super Rugby competition with a serious hamstring injury. Lukhanyo Am has been in good form the past few seasons and yet again shone for the Cell C Sharks in Vodacom Super Rugby. A strong scrummager on either side of the scrum and very busy in the tight loose, Nyakane excelled for the Toyota. After making seven Springbok appearances in 2016, he did not feature in 2017, but he was back with the Boks in 2018 and delivered many outstanding performances in the No 15 jersey. He is a versatile back, has great hands and a knack for busting tackles. Steyn is one of the most versatile players in world rugby - he can play at flyhalf, centre and fullback, and made his Test debut for the Boks on the wing in 2006. The top 2019 Vodacom Super Rugby point scorer has established himself as a leader in the Bok team. He is known for his massive work-rate and strength in the lineout and is a very popular member of the Springbok squad. In June 2017, he scored 52 points against France in three Tests. Pollard captained the Junior Springboks in 2014 when he was also named World Rugby Junior Player of the Year. At his relative young age, he is already considered by most pundits as one of the best hookers in the world. Former World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year Aphiwe Dyantyi is set to be handed a four-year ban from rugby, according to reports. Springboks pull out of 2020 Rugby Championship SA Rugby says it has reluctantly decided to withdraw the Springboks from the 2020 Rugby Championship, citing player welfare among other concerns. Frans Steyn was the youngest member of the the Springboks' RWC squad in 2007, when they brought home the coveted Webb Ellis Cup. The former Blitzbok speedster’s outstanding form for French club side Toulouse was rewarded with a deserved Springbok call-up in 2018, and Kolbe didn’t disappoint in his debut Test season, playing a crucial role in the Springboks’ epic win over the All Blacks in Wellington. He relocated to England at the end of 2018, where he signed with Gloucester. Upon his return to South Africa in 2019, the ever-smiling Brits played for the Vodacom Bulls. He has sniping speed around the scrums and edges of broken play, and gives a crisp service from the base. The pool draw took place in Paris in a virtual meeting attended by all the participating teams. Morné’s mother, Pat was the Springbok women’s hockey captain – a unique family record! De Klerk, who made his Vodacom Super Rugby debut for the Emirates Lions when he was on loan from the Mpumalanga Pumas, impressed when he got his opportunities with snappy service, wicked breaks in broken play, a solid kicking boot and a massive work rate. Steyn is one of the most versatile players in world rugby - he can play at flyhalf, centre and fullback, and made his Test debut for the Boks on the wing in 2006. The razor sharp wing from Durban was unlucky not to have made his Springbok debut in 2017, when injury postponed his entry into the Test arena. The bulk of players selected would be from what can only be termed as the popular, affluent schools. Kolisi is a tough-as-nails loose forward who is comfortable on either side of the scrum. Springboks players remain in the dark whether they will be departing for the Rugby Championship in Australia on Saturday. Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'3wryAo_NTaBdcLZK4fwS8w',sig:'DtIn3UhZQk8Ngk-tUUjtSIWrdal226VFNgpJ4B3o_mo=',w:'594px',h:'389px',items:'1181060433',caption: true ,tld:'com',is360: false })}); In recent years, two competitions have been added that fit between provincial schoolboy or age-group level and the lower levels of senior provincial representative level. As the defending champions and top-ranked team in the world, the Springboks are one of five teams in Pool B, with two other qualifying teams. He was signed by the Cheetahs the following year. All the latest news and developments on the Springboks. He has been a cornerstone of the Bok pack since 2008 and was massive in the 2009 series victory over the British & Irish Lions. Rassie Erasmus 1st @Springboks 43 squad has 17 uncapped players, 20 players of colour & only a handful of foreign-based players #Springboks. Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira is the most-capped member of the current squad. The South Africa Springbok players pose for the cameras during the Rugby World Cup 2019 squad announcement at Ulwazi Centre, MultiChoice City on August 26, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. e made his Test debut in 2012 against Australia in Pretoria and established himself in the squad since 2016, when. In 2008, he left his beloved Bulls to join the Leicester Tigers having won the Currie Cup and Super Rugby title with the side setting multiple records in both competitions. Malherbe is very strong in the scrums and not shy to put in the hard yards around the park. Pacifica Rugby documentary Oceans Apart asks, can the tide be turned, Bill Beaumont addresses media following election victory, Pacifica Rugby documentary Oceans Apart asks, can the tide be turned - Kala Su Abhivyakti. Several injury setbacks over the past two years have prevented the big lock forward from adding more Test caps to his already impressive Springbok appearance tally. Previously, schoolboy players would be selected to represent their provinces in the annual Craven Week competitions. great play in the set piece, he also has very good ball skills. Brits, a mainstay for English club Saracens the last decade, is regarded as one of the best ever foreign imports in the English Premiership. Elton Jantjies. If players from less popular rugby schools (highlighted in bold below) can be given alternative routes to the top, the game can only continue to flourish. Two Rugby World Cup-winning Springboks, Lukhanyo Am and Sbu Nkosi, have been named in the Cell C Sharks’ backline for their Carling Currie Cup clash with … He plays for the Vodacom Bulls and like his twin brother, Dan, also represented the Junior Boks. The South African Springboks have won the Rugby World Cup twice, and continue to try and inspire the nation, on and off the field. Towering RG Snyman is regarded as the natural successor to former Vodacom Bulls and Springbok lock kingpin Victor Matfield. ASICS unveiled the unique Springbok jersey for next year’s tour to South Africa of the British & Irish Lions on Friday, featuring a vintage colourway and special commemorative 3D logo, among other features. The relaxed eligibility laws mean that South Africa could turn to players based abroad to feature in the competition. Jantjies followed up his impressive breakthrough in the 2018 Currie Cup with even more consistently assured performances in the colours of the DHL Stormers in 2019. Fit-again wing Cheslin Kolbe returns to the Springbok team for the Rugby World Cup final against England at Yokohama International Stadium. However, consistent performances for the Cell C Sharks has once more caught the attention of the national selectors and he established himself in the squad in 2018. Mostert, who is nicknamed "Sous" by his teammates, has made a telling impact at lock for the Emirates Lions over the past, He is known for his massive work-rate and strength in the lineout and is a very popular member of the. Three Boks in World Rugby’s Team of the Decade Three Springbok Rugby World Cup winners, Tendai Mtawarira, Bismarck du Plessis and Bryan Habana, were named in the World Rugby 15’s Team of the Decade as part of the World Rugby Awards Special Edition held on Monday evening. Smith made his Bok debut in 2018 against Wales in Washington. He has been a cornerstone of the Bok pack since 2008 and was massive in the 2009 series victory over the British & Irish Lions. Upon his return to South Africa in 2019, the ever-smiling Brits played for the Vodacom Bulls. He is the son of the late former Springbok winger and South African track and field star Jaco Reinach. Those schools would include the usual favourites. The Springboks have defeated England 32-12 to claim their third ever World Cup after previously winning the tournament in 1995 and 2007. Mostert, who is nicknamed "Sous" by his teammates, has made a telling impact at lock for the Emirates Lions over the past few seasons. The latter was born on August 1st, 1990 in Graaff-Reinet. AGE 32 The competition has produced 49 Springboks, 13 of which were selected for the Springbok Rugby World Cup 2019 campaign. Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images/Getty Images. New Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber and director of rugby Rassie Erasmus – the World Cup-winning coach – believe the South African players need … Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira is the most-capped member of the current squad. An unfortunate spite of injuries saw the DHL Stormers front rower making a handful of Test appearances the previous three years after he was a regular for the Springboks at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England. Rugby Player of the Year in 2015 brings considerable experience to a position where the Springboks have already. How world sees SA: Rassie Erasmus Springbok team talk to ‘bully’ rugby players goes viral. Pollard captained the Junior Springboks in 2014 when he was also named World Rugby Junior Player of the Year. Kitshoff has tasted World Rugby U20 Championship success with the Junior Springboks in 2012 and won three South African Vodacom Super Rugby Conference titles with DHL Stormers, all before his 24th birthday. Schalk Brits (Paul Roos), Lood de Jager (Hugenote, Springs), Pieter-Steph du Toit (Hoërskool Swartland), Eben Etzebeth (Tygerberg High School), Steven Kitshoff (Paul Roos Gymnasium), Vincent Koch (Hugenote, Springs), Siya Kolisi (Grey High PE), Francois Louw (Bishops), Frans Malherbe (Paarl Boys), Malcolm Marx (King Edward VII School), Bongi Mbonambi (St. Alban’s College), Tendai Mtawarira (Peterhouse, Zimbabwe), Franco Mostert (Brits High School), Trevor Nyakane (Ben Vorster, Tzaneen), Kwagga Smith (Hoër Tegniese Skool Middelburg), RG Snyman (Affies), Duane Vermeulen (Hoërskool Nelspruit), Lukhanyo Am (De Vos Malan High School, King Williams Town), Damian de Allende (Milnerton High), Faf de Klerk (Waterkloof), Warrick Gelant (Outeniqua, George), Elton Jantjies (Florida High), Herschel Jantjies (Paul Roos), Cheslin Kolbe (Brackenfell High), Jesse Kriel (Maritzburg College), Makazole Mapimpi (Jim Mvabasa SS School, King William’s Town), S’bu Nkosi (Jeppe Boys), Willie le Roux (Paul Roos), Handre Pollard (Paarl Gym), Cobus Reinach (Grey College, Bloemfontein), Frans Steyn (Grey College, Bloemfontein). In post-war Springbok rugby, there are a number of instances reflecting sporting talent in a family unit. Springboks withdraw from Rugby Championship due to South Africa's coronavirus travel restrictions and player safety concerns Posted 25 m minutes ago Fri Friday 16 Oct October 2020 at 1:57am Towering RG Snyman is regarded as the natural successor to former Vodacom Bulls and Springbok lock kingpin Victor Matfield. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting. De Jager makes a welcome return to the Springbok fold in November 2018 after missing the entire Test season through injury. Vastly experienced, he is back in the Bok squad after missing out due to injury in recent year. Learn how your comment data is processed. It was his stellar 2015 season playing for Durbanville-Bellville that saw him selected for Western Province that year and then contracted to the Sharks in 2016. He made his Test debut in 2013 and apart from his. The abrasive No 8 is one of the world’s best in his position and his strong ball carrying abilities and bone crushing tackling make him an ideal loose forward. antjies first toured with the Boks at the end of 2010, when he was also named SA U20 and Young Player of the Year. HSBC Hamilton Sevens Series: Saturday, 25 Jan 2020 - Sunday, 26 Jan 2020 : LOG MATCHES TEAMS STATS. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Morné du Plessis and father, Felix are the only father/son combination to captain the South African rugby team. Completed; Castle Lager Springbok Showdown: Saturday, 03 Oct 2020 - Monday, 05 Oct 2020 : LOG MATCHES TEAMS STATS. Rugby News, Analysis, History, Schedule, Rumours. He has been one of the standout players for the Vodacom Bulls since regaining his full fitness last season and has continued with his solid showings in the No 15 jersey. In a country such as South Africa, Springbok rugby players have an added responsibility of bringing hope to a nation desperate for good news. South Africa complete hat-trick at World Rugby awards with Pieter-Steph du Toit crowned player of the year, Rassie Erasmus named best coach and Springboks winning team award 03/11/19 14:48 He forms a formidable partnership with fellow locks Lood de Jager and Jason Jenkins, and has impressed with his handling skills and agility. Head to head: The midfield battle looks like a mouth-watering one with Bok star Lukhanyo Am coming up against Wandisile Simelane. Springbok squad. Jantjies first toured with the Boks at the end of 2010, when he was also named SA U20 and Young Player of the Year. The best way to help them to do this is to ensure that the system gives players ever opportunity to find their way to the top, irrespective of their social standing. Siya Kolisi and Lukhanyo Am to lead Springbok Green and Gold teams 1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby. After making seven Springbok appearances in 2016, he did not feature in 2017, but he was back with the Boks in 2018 and delivered many outstanding performances in the No 15 jersey. Would you like to comment on this article or view other readers' comments? In 2016, he overtook Os du Randt as the most-capped Springbok prop. Siya Kolisi, who made his Test debut against Scotland in Nelspruit in 2013, captained the DHL Stormers from 2017. Here is the team representing South Africa: Mbongeni “Bongi” Mbonambi is a powerfully built hooker who is well-known for his hard-working nature around the field. Three South African players have been named in World Rugby 15s Team of the Decade. De Jager makes a welcome return to the Springbok fold in November 2018 after missing the entire Test season through injury. The former Cell C Sharks scrumhalf has been in superb form for his club, Northampton Saints, in the English Premiership, where he is a firm fan favourite because of his try-scoring exploits. The King Protea as South Africa's national flower was chosen for this purpose, so that the national cricket team became known as the Proteas, for example. Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus has made just one change to his starting lineup for the Rugby World Cup Final in Tokyo. He forms a formidable partnership with fellow locks Lood de Jager and Jason Jenkins, and has impressed with his handling skills and agility. The type of player who was missed by the provincial age-group and Varsity Cup systems. To illustrate the point that a widened net is starting to produce Springbok rugby players, we took a look at where the members of the original Springbok Rugby World Cup 2019 went to school. ASICS launches unique Springbok jersey for British & Irish Lions 2021 Tour. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Vermeulen battled with some injuries in 2017 but has bounced back to his usual reliable best in 2018 as he played another influential role for the Boks. 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