Boks taking no chances
16 Nov 2007
The uncapped players will not be guaranteed game time as the Springbok selectors look to field the best available team.
After a World Cup victory in France, there has been a debate surrounding the value of the upcoming tour to Wales and England. The fixture in Cardiff is a must win, while the game against the Barbarians is of less importance. Should Jake White blood the new players in this game, or should he keep the momentum going with his first choice side and end his tenure with a bang?
Ryan Kankowski, Barend Pieterse, Wian du Preez, Tiaan Liebenberg and Heinke van der Merwe will leave with the rest of the Bok squad for the UK today. However, they may not even take the park.
“There is no guarantee that all the newcomers will play on tour,” Peter Jooste, convener of the national selection panel told Die Volksblad. “We will first see how they fit in and will then discuss matters.”
Liebenberg and Pieterse were originally expected to fly over next week, but they have now been included to ensure they accustom themselves with the Bok structures and patterns.
While Pieterse could sit on the bench in Cardiff, Liebenberg will only be considered for the Twickenham match on 1 December. The WP hooker will join the squad of 22 when John Smit returns to Clermont and Bismark du Plessis assumes the starting hooker position.