Springboks

White’s captaincy poser

John Smit’s fitness probably occupies most of Jake White’s time because Smit’s successor is unlikely to play test rugby this season.

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McCaw running scared

The Bulls can already claim a moral victory over the Crusaders after the defending champions left captain Richie McCaw out of the match 22 altogether.

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Bakkies wants Ackers for Boks

Springbok hardman Bakkies Botha would welcome the inclusion of veteran lock and fellow no-nonsense taker Johan Ackerman in the Springbok squad this year.

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SA player drain continues

The player drain from South Africa is continuing unabated with the news that veteran Western Province flank Hendrik Gerber and under-utilised Cats star Gerhard Vosloo will be moving to France.

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New blood for Scots

Scotland coach Frank Hadden will build on his side’s promising Six Nations campaign by naming 15 new caps in his joint training squad ahead of the June tour of South Africa.

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Roets on Irish shopping list

Injured Bulls fullback Johan Roets may be lost to South African rugby entirely if he does not earn a call-up from Springbok coach Jake White this year.

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Pretorius not a Dragon

The rumour that Cats and Springbok flyhalf Andre Pretorius has signed a deal with Newport Gwent Dragons is not true, according to Cats CEO Andy Turner.

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Chiliboy is Jake’s Bok bolter

Blue Bulls Vodacom Cup hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle will be the shock inclusion in the enlarged Springbok squad announced on 13 May.

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Pick ‘Ackers’ for the Boks

Sharks hard man AJ Venter has urged the national selectors to pick veteran lock Johan Ackermann and not hold his age against him.

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