The bok squad

Hey hey hey rugby lovers, its been over two weeks since we last saw top level rugby in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s time to get excited about the titans clashing like they have never clashed before.

Only now Argentina gets to be a whipping boy for a couple of years while they build cohesion into their squad and sart putting structures in place to see them take the hard step up to the premier international tier of rugby union.

Ask the Boks which is their favorite place to tour to and it’s suprising how many of them list Argentina as their favorite place. That is until you visit Buenos Aires and take in the spectacular scenery, the incredible fresh meat, the delicious red wine and women that make you want to get on your knees and thank god that you’re a man.

Argentine women, they all look like this.

The Squad

Willem Alberts, Andries Bekker, Pat Cilliers, Marcell Coetzee, Keegan Daniel, Jean de Villiers (capt), Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, JJ Engelbrecht, Eben Etzebeth, Dean Greyling, Bryan Habana, Francois Hougaard, Elton Jantjies, Zane Kirchner, Siya Kolisi, Juandré Kruger, Patrick Lambie, Tendai Mtawarira, Lwazi Mvovo, Ruan Pienaar, JP Pietersen, Jacques Potgieter, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Pierre Spies, Frans Steyn, Morné Steyn, Adriaan Strauss, Flip van der Merwe, Jano Vermaak.

As per usual there is the good, the bad and the downright laughable…

But you know what? We are not the only ones left scratching our heads at some of the selections. Head here to see the Aussies bleating about Robbie Deans.

Spies will be a passenger again, Morne Steyn will wobble, Hougaard will get caught behind the ruck and Sideshow Bob will goose-step his way straight into a tackle. At least Meyer was denied the option of picking Meisiekind since he is in Japan. It still has a Bulls feel to it and Sharks must be saying in their heads “Why not a quick break please?”

On that note Etzebeth is on course to sit out the entire season next year, by playing through his second injury this year.

To Meyer’s credit he has started to evolve his squad away from the ultra-conservative picks for the England tour. Kolisi gets a well-deserved call-up and both Vermeulen and Brussow get places in the squad but are injured. Vermeulen is due to play Currie Cup this weekend and I can tell you right now that he will be called up for the next phase of the competition after the Argentina tests. Maybe starting on the bench, but definitely supplanting Spies thereafter.

The writing is on the wall for big Bull and I hope that he responds in a positive way and shows everyone why he was so feared 4 years ago.

Are there some players missing? For sure, but I think that they are in the long-term plans, especially Goosen.

As personal preference I would have loved to see someone like Willie le Roux called up as he has pace, vision, kicking game, versatility and huge x-factor. He represents a valuable addition to the squad.

But you know what? most of whom I would have picked are there and there is the opportunity for them in these first tests to vindicate Meyer in his choices.

I really hope that he has the balls to give Jantjes a run this time as well. He is Steyn’s ostensible back-up and deserves to show what he can do on the big stage.

Probable match-day 22:
1 Beast
2 Bismark
3 Jannie
4 Etzebeth
5 Bekker
6 Coetzee
7 Alberts
8 Spies
9 Hougaard
10 Steyn
11 Mvovo
12 F Steyn
13 de Villiers (cpt)
14 Habana
15 Kirchner

bench:

16 Greyling
17 Chili
18 Kruger
19 Potgieter
20 Pienaar
21 Jantjes
22 Lambie

It’s not my team from the squad, I would rest Etzebeth and give hime time to recover to play against the AB’s and the Wallabies and swap out others based on form.

My team:

1 Beast
2 Bismark
3 Jannie
4 Alberts
5 Bekker
6 Kolisi
7 Coetzee
8 Daniel
9 Hougaard
10 Steyn
11 Mvovo
12 F Steyn
13 de Villiers (cpt)
14 Habana
15 Lambie

bench:

16 Cilliers
17 Strauss
18 Kruger
19 Potgieter
20 Pienaar
21 Jantjes
22 Engelbrecht

****UPDATE*****

Spies is out of the whole competition and Chili is injured too. I feel for both these guys as this is the critical time for them to make a statement about their place in this evolving Bok team.

Keegan Daniels gets a run-on start at 8 and Tiaan Liebenberg gets a call-up to the squad.

Meyer does not call up replacement for Spies, as Vermeulen plays in the Currie Cup this weekend and is already in his squad. There must be some worried frowns in Aukland and Sydney as Meyer starts to show that he is not either of his predecessors and can adapt, listen and change. Beware the Boks this year.

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