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Springboks RWC 2011

24 Aug

Eighteen members of South Africa’s triumphant 2007 Rugby World Cup-winning squad were included in the 2011 party when the 30 players selected to attempt to retain the title were revealed in a live broadcast announcement on Tuesday.

John Smit will again lead the challenge, and he is supported by 11 other survivors of the victorious 2007 starting XV. Smit is one of six players who will be appearing at their third Rugby World Cup.

There are no uncapped players in the squad and all bar three have appeared in this season’s Tri-Nations tournament. The exceptions are looseforwards Schalk Burger and Francois Louw and lock Johann Muller who were ruled out by injury at various stages of the competition. Other 2007 winners, Juan Smith and BJ Botha, were ruled out of selection by injury along with preliminary squad members Andries Bekker and Duane Vermeulen.

“The squad has a backbone of proven title-winning ability and experience as well as a strong component of new stars,” said Springbok coach Peter de Villiers.

“Injury has denied us one or two players who could have been very important to us, but I am very happy with the squad we have picked. We have good coverage for every position and front line players who have shown over the past half dozen seasons that they know how to win big games.”

The squad is made up of nine players who appeared in Super Rugby for the Bulls this season; eight from the Sharks and seven from the Stormers – although a number of players are now moving on to overseas clubs. The squad includes four overseas-based players in the Ulster duo of Ruan Pienaar and Johann Muller and Racing Metro’s Frans Steyn. Louw has already moved to Bath in England, from the Stormers, but has yet to play a competition fixture for them.

The squad has a split of 16 forwards and 14 backs and boasts an average of 40 caps per player with ten of them having made more than a half century of Test appearances, while Pienaar is one short of a half century.

“This squad has the experience and ability to make a strong challenge for the title, but we know it will be very difficult,” said De Villiers. “It has been a tough season to date and we have had some challenges with the amount of rugby the players have had to play, but I’m very happy with the squad. We are on target with the off-field plans we set in place before the season started.”

The Springboks depart for New Zealand on September 1 with a public farewell from Sandton Square in Johannesburg. They play their first Rugby World Cup match against Wales on September 11 in Wellington, kick-off 20h30 (10h30 SA time).

Springbok Squad – Rugby World Cup 2011 (in alphabetical order)

            CAREER RUGBY WORLD CUP
Name Province/Club Age* Ht Wt Position Caps Pts Tries Cons Pens DGs RWCs Caps Pts Tries Cons Pens DGs
Willem Alberts The Sharks 27 1.91 120 Loose Forward 4 15 3
Gio Aplon Western Province 28 1.75 78 Wing 15 15 3
Bakkies Botha Blue Bulls 32 2.02 120 Lock 74 35 7 03/07 12 15 3
Heinrich Brüssow Free State 25 1.81 103 Loose Forward 15 5 1
Schalk Burger Western Province 28 1.93 114 Loose Forward 63 65 13 03/07 8 10 2
Juan de Jongh Western Province 23 1.77 85 Centre 8 5 1
Jean de Villiers Western Province 30 1.90 99 Centre 69 95 19 07 1
Bismarck du Plessis The Sharks 27 1.89 115 Hooker 38 25 5 07 5
Jannie du Plessis The Sharks 28 1.88 121 Prop 26 5 1 07 2
Fourie du Preez Blue Bulls 29 1.83 88 Scrumhalf 57 65 13 07 6 10 2
Jaque Fourie Western Province 28 1.90 98 Centre 64 150 30 03/07 10 35 7
Bryan Habana Western Province 28 1.80 93 Wing 70 190 38 07 7 40 8
Francois Hougaard Blue Bulls 23 1.79 92 Scrumhalf 10
Butch James Golden Lions 31 1.84 98 Flyhalf 41 154 3 26 28 1 07 6 9 1 2
Pat Lambie The Sharks 20 1.77 90 Utility back 7 6 3
Francois Louw Bath, England 26 1.90 113 Loose Forward 7 10 2
Victor Matfield (vc) Blue Bulls 34 2.01 107 Lock 107 30 6 03/07 11
Tendai Mtawarira The Sharks 26 1.88 120 Prop 28 5 1
Johann Muller Ulster, Ireland 31 2.00 106 Lock 23 07 5
Odwa Ndungane The Sharks 30 1.83 93 Wing 8 10 2
Ruan Pienaar Ulster, Ireland 27 1.86 90 Scrumhalf 49 107 6 13 17 07 4 10 2
JP Pietersen The Sharks 25 1.91 103 Wing 38 60 12 07 7 20 4
Chiliboy Ralepelle Blue Bulls 24 1.78 105 Hooker 20 5 1
Danie Rossouw Blue Bulls 33 1.98 119 Lock 58 40 8 03/07 10 20 4
John Smit (c) The Sharks 33 1.88 118 Hooker 106 40 8 03/07 12 5 1
Pierre Spies Blue Bulls 26 1.94 108 Loose Forward 42 35 7
Gurthrö Steenkamp Blue Bulls 30 1.89 122 Prop 33 25 5 07 2
Frans Steyn Racing Metro, France 24 1.91 104 Utility back 43 97 6 5 16 3 07 7 17 1 4
Morné Steyn Blue Bulls 26 1.84 91 Flyhalf 29 348 4 38 78 6
CJ van der Linde Golden Lions 31 1.90 123 Prop 72 20 4 07 6 5 1  
*Age as at September 9, 2011                                  

Springbok Rugby World Cup management: Peter de Villiers (head coach), Gary Gold (assistant coach), Dick Muir (assistant coach), Percy Montgomery (kicking coach), Jacques Nienaber (defence coach/physiotherapist), Malome Maimane (technical analyst), Rassie Erasmus (technical specialist), Neels Liebel (conditioning coach), Dr Derik Coetzee (conditioning coach), Dr Craig Roberts (team doctor), Rene Naylor (physiotherapist), Vivian Verwant (physiotherapist), Daliah Hurwitz (massage therapist), Charles Wessels (logistics manager), Mkiti Malakoane (baggage master), Annelee Murray (PR Manager), Andy Colquhoun (media manager).

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