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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

 

7 Bulldogs in Spears squad


After rugby trials in George, squad is down to 28 players
By BRIAN McLEAN


SEVEN Border Bulldogs players have been included in the 28-man Southern Spears rugby squad following trials held in George last Friday night.

The Bulldogs players are flyhalf Reinhard Gerber, wing Luvo Sogidashe, locks Liam Combrinck and Jaco du Toit, eighthman Pietie Loots and loosehead prop Lonwabo (Black) Mtimka.
The Southern Spears, comprising players from Border Eastern Province and the Southern Cape, make their Super 14 debut in 2007 and will use 2006 to prepare themselves.


The much anticipated squad announcement was made by head coach Peter de Villiers who yesterday said the Spears are to meet the Cheetahs in a friendly in Port Elizabeth on January 14.
This would be followed by additional friendlies against the Cats at East London's Absa Stadium on January 21 and against the Stormers in Wellington on January 28.
Thereafter, the Southern Spears go on an international campaign, playing against the likes of Kenya, the US Eagles, Uruguay, Madagascar and Argentina before they commence duty in the 2006 Currie Cup.


De Villiers, who this year coached the Springbok U19 side to World Cup glory, has chosen Border's Dumisani Mhani and the Southern Cape's Johan Lerm as his assistants.
De Villiers' co-selectors are Pieter Jooste, convener of the Springbok selection committee, Herman Masimla, head of SA Rugby's high performance unit, former Springbok flyhalf Braam van Straaten and Willie Beukes, U19 Springbok selector.


De Villiers said yesterday he had been happy with the fitness levels shown at trials.
"We will be keeping this squad together as a unit and those players not required will be sent back to their unions.''
De Villiers is hoping to add a further 17 players to the squad and will specifically be looking at additional props, locks and centres.
A delighted Bulldogs captain Pietie Loots, 29, said he had not been invited to the training camp but asked to play in Friday's trial. "I must say my inclusion came as a shock but I'm really pleased I made it at this stage of my career,'' Loots said.
Gerber, who was tried out at wing, fullback and flyhalf, was just as pleased.
"A lot of changes were made and I am really sad Josh Fowles (scrumhalf) didn't make it,'' he said.


The Southern Spears are currently attending a training squad in George until the end of the week and are expected to re-convene on January 2.
Starting next season and for the next five years, five teams will be entrenched in the Currie Cup Premier division, namely the Blue Bulls, Golden Lions, Free State Cheetahs, Sharks and Western Province.
They will be joined by the Southern Spears - next year only - and two winning teams in the Vodacom Cup competition.
The same five teams will also be in the Vodacom Cup and will play all their matches away against non-entrenched teams which means Bulldogs fans have a feast of rugby home matches in store for them next season.
SOUTHERN SPEARS SQUAD: Baldwin McBean, Reinhard Gerber, Spencer Wakeling, Basil de Joncker, Luvo Sogidashe, Ishmael Dollie, Warren Malgas, Ashley Johnson, Devon Raubenheimer, Marrice Reed, Liam Combrinck, Jaco du Toit, Marius Mostert, Ashton Constance, Petrus Methulka, Wayne Bennet, Anton van der Westhuizen, Hein Potgieter, Kenny Snodgrass, Tewis de Bruyn, Vusumzi Mbulali, Gavin Williamson, Pietie Loots, Gersham Ramazan, Ashwin Scott, Daniel Philander, Lonwabo Mtimka, Kaunda
Ntunjwa.
Comments:
So the Cheetahs will be the first scalp :-)  
What a waist of time.  
So this is the start of the great rivalry that will now develop between Ishmael Dollie and Jodie Rose for the Bok 10 position for 2011....



Eish, can't believe the WP has now lost another twopotential Springbok flyhalves in Jodie and Ishmael....
 
Davids

Mind bogling isn't it. Seems Moaner and Nick are putting too many eggs in their Grant basket
 
donner


It's beyond mind boggling


WP is becoming a flyhalf factory, and all their playesr will end up performing at other provinces.


How come Nic and Moans don't see this?


Then they spend their cash on Schalk Brits, who although good is more of a flank than a hooker...., when the need muscle in the T5
 
Instead of coming up with Dragons ore something else remotely sensible Donner initiated this thread with:

So the Cheetahs will be the first scalp :-)

10:56 AM

Well we are not afraid to play them are we ;-)
 
you can't have a sec team without some good old snodgras!  
testing  
OO,

Thought that would get your tail up.

But ja unlike the Bulls who doesn't want to play them. Hmmmmmm
 
Bulls refused to play them?


Wow. Incredible


Why ever not?
 
anon

Yip I was holding my breath on that one for the first post.

BTW all

The Oracle had "spaketh" on
www.oranjeorakel.blogspot.com

Thanks DavidS- another excellent piece
 
Apparently they did.  
Pleasure OO  
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