South Africa name team to play New Zealand

boksBismarck du Plessis returns to the South African starting line-up for their game against New Zealand at Ellis Park this weekend as one of two changes to the team. Elsewhere, Juandré Kruger comes in for the banned Flip van de Merwe at lock, with his namesake Franco set to win his first cap from the bench.

There is one possible change in the backs, where centre JJ Engelbrecht’s fitness will be monitored in the coming days, with Jan Serfontein set to start if needs be. If that is the case, Juan de Jongh will come onto the bench.

“We will give JJ all the time he needs to fully recover from his quad muscle injury, but if he can’t make it, Jan will start with Juan on the bench,” explained head coach Heyneke Meyer.

“Juandré will slot in without any difficulty as he’s been part of the squad since day one and I’m very pleased for Franco, who has been training with us for more than a year already.

“Franco’s attitude since day one has been fantastic, he’s waited patiently and always stayed positive, which is what we as a team stand for. On Saturday, he could make his debut against New Zealand in front of his home crowd at Ellis Park.”

South Africa team to play New Zealand, Johannesburg, Sat KO 17.00 (local time):
15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 JJ Engelbrecht/Jan Serfontein, 12 Jean de Villiers (c), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Beast Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Franco van der Merwe, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein/Juan de Jongh.

13 thoughts on “South Africa name team to play New Zealand

    1. Proppie thank you for your opinion! But I strongly disagree! Here is but one of many examples that I can give you concerning the personality of this gentle giant. He deserves to be there, always trying to help separate the hand baggers! Alberts not, it was his second in as many games, although not penalised, and has been pointed out on another article, Etsebeth needs to calm down.

      From http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/international/southafrica/8407169/Jannie-and-Bismarck-du-Plessis-humble-God-fearing-and-ferocious-meet-sports-original-brothers-in-arms.html

      “Jannie sounds embarrassed at being talked of as remarkable, but everyone swears he is. Bismarck tells me that on Thursday, it was typical that Jannie was out early from the house they share to deliver clothes to a hard-up fellow who needed help.
      “Some people come into the clinic very sick with HIV and six months later, with the right treatment, they’re living a normal life,” Jannie says.
      “It’s really fulfilling to think you could have made a difference in someone’s life.” It is hard to equate this good doctor with the bloke who recently ripped Western Force flanker David Pocock out of a ruck and then added insult to the Australian’s injury of strained medial ligaments by telling him: “Next time, I’ll break your ——- neck!”
      Jannie sounds mortified about the episode. He rang and apologised to Pocock, who had tweeted bitterly: “Du Plessis, all-round nice guy. Haha, what a good bloke”, and all was forgiven.
      “I was embarrassed and sorry I said that on the field,” reveals Jannie. “It was in the heat of the battle, meant to let him know he wasn’t going to get his way. When we step on the field, it is a physical game, it’s about imposing yourself on the other guy. It’s dog eat dog. And though I honestly never intended to injure him, I’d be talking bull if I said I did not want to hurt him”.
      Ah, the fine dividing lines of a brutal contact sport. Which Bok forward was ever an angel? If anything, ‘Bissie’, the more naturally gifted of the two to the point where he might just be the world’s best No 2, is the more volatile one. But take on one and you take on both.
      “There have been plenty of times when I’ve looked to my right in that scrum and said ‘Jannie, come on, please help me with this.’ He was always the big brother who could look after that for me,” Bismarck says.
      He remembers as a young, shy figure at University and preparing for his debut for the Cheetahs, he was getting a hard time from older guys who wouldn’t let him get to sleep. “So I phoned Jannie at 3am and he drove 50 kilometres just to help me out”. What, with fists? “No, by sweet talking the people to leave me alone.”

      1. Well that’s ok then! Jannie can stick his fingers in as many people’s eyes as he wants but it won’t matter because a news article from 2011 says he’s a nice bloke.

        Hey, perhaps next time he’ll do someone a serious injury and we can all have a big laugh about it because he’s a doctor and likes God or something like that

        1. Hate to say it because he really does seem like a ‘nice’ Bok but I agree with Pablito. Despite his good history this pretty clearly looks like an eye gouge. The citing commissioner can rule on these things and the coaches can ask for clarification but this really seems to have stayed under the radar!

          In fairness to those calling for his head, Rugby is quite a well officiated sport in many regards, one thing slipping through the net every so often is inevitable and not the end of the world.

        2. Also, that passage is hardly a great character reference is it?! He might deliver clothes to homeless people, but it’s basically saying when he’s on the pitch he can’t see the line between controlled aggression and the need to hurt people.

          1. @Jamie, Previously I strongly hinted that there are a plethora of references all over the rugby world about the character of the man. Just read what his competitors say about the man. He might not have the power of a Carl Heyman, or the speed of one of the Ben’s of Aus, but he has character, in capitals.
            In conclusion, thank you for many nice articles that you have written, and I had the privilege to read. Not always agreeing in total, but many times thought you made some good and valid points.

        3. Never did I say or imply that Pabs! If he did, he would have been cited! Matter of fact, he could have been, Post Facto! He was not! Because what the camera does not show very well is depth of field, nor did we have a three dimensional picture! It would not stand up in any court of law, anywhere! This sort of witch hunts is just totally out of place and to imply that it was a ‘clearcut and deliberate act of foul play’ is just as ridiculous. The article also dealt with the team, not by repetition about the player.
          But to make it quite clear, I am totally against foul play in any form in rugby. Repeated offenders should be banned totally from the game! But, I am a firm believer in hard uncompromising forward play coupled with backs exercising their skills equating to a symphonic orchestra performing its trade. If, and that is a big if, Du Plessis or anyone else for that matter, but even more so in his case, do such a horrendous thing, he should be banned! End of story!

  1. Big Ruan Pienaar fan (given that I’m an Ulsterman..) but his form just hasn’t ignited the Bok ball carriers this year. du Preez has managed to do that. Maybe a Pienaar who needs to fight his way back into the side will find better form?

  2. Jan,

    Probably we can give him diplomatic immunity? He is free to do everything on the field because his marketing machine does a great job en tells everybody he is the nicest bloke around.
    Please Jan, get real!

    1. No Proppie, not just yet. He must first walk the walk, before he can talk the talk. Just like the great Hugo Porta have done!
      In the real world, I can assure you that it is not such a sugar coated existence as you might perceive it to be. Unless you are a politician of course! And I very much doubt if he would do it.

  3. Is Jan short of Jannie u Plessis?…. Just because I’ starting to wonder if your not trying just a bit to hard to excuse your* ahem…. Jannie’s actions.

    Also Felipe Contepomi is a doctor as well, of course that also means he can do whatever the hell he wants on the rugby pitch with no repercussions. Wonder if him and Jannie swap techniques on how best to gauge someones eye out? I can provide a good character reference for him….here just have a look at this news article from 1997

    http: http://www.FelipeContepomiIsaTopBloke.blogspot.co.uk

    1. Liam, a course in clear and logic thinking is strongly recommended. Mathematics is also strongly recommended to enhance the power of logic deduction, with special emphasis on Boolean Algebra! Jan is a very common Germanic, Slavic and Greco name. Not exclusive at all.
      Contemponi is and was a good player, and I am aware of your possible thoughts by implication! Just come out and say it clearly, it won’t hurt, promise!

      “But to make it quite clear, I am totally against foul play in any form in rugby. Repeated offenders should be banned totally from the game! But, I am a firm believer in hard uncompromising forward play coupled with backs exercising their skills equating to a symphonic orchestra performing its trade. If, and that is a big if, Du Plessis or anyone else for that matter, but even more so in his case, do such a horrendous thing, he should be banned! End of story!”

  4. @Liam

    “De blog die je zoekt, bestaat niet. Je kunt de naam felipecontepomiisatopbloke wel registreren.”

    Which means the link that you referred to does not exist!

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