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Wednesday, February 01, 2006


Super 14: De Wet Barry to return as outside centre

Stormers captain De Wet Barry will move to outside centre when he starts playing. Barry had his first jogging session at the training camp in Swellendam after being sidelined by a knee operation.

Barry is still in a race against time to be fit for the Stormers' opening S14 match against the Cats on February 11, but it is quite likely that he will only be ready for the second match.

Barry told News24 it's not the ideal situation to start the campaign without warm-up matches, but that he would rather start now than in the middle of the season.

When Barry is ready to play, he will have a new role in the Stormers squad this year, not just as captain, but rather the decision to use him as outside centre.

Jean de Villiers' game creating ability ot inside centre is crucial and that is why the coaching staff has taken the unusual step of moving Barry from his favourite position to No 13.

Barry says it will take some time getting used to the new position, but it would not give him sleepless nights.

"I've played outside centre on this level before. I played outside centre for the Stormers a few times in 2003 and prior to that in a Test for the Springboks in 2002.

"The defensive lines differ, but you quickly get used to this in training. And I won't just play on the outside. The plan is that Jean and I rotate depending on the planned move and game situation."

The Stormers' head coach Kobus van der Merwe hopes that Barry will be able to play at Ellis Park, but is nevertheless satisfied that he has enough options on who to field next to Jean de Villiers at centre.

Piet van Zyl of Boland has played in the last two warm-up matches and will compete with the more experienced Gus Theron for the No 13 jersey.
Barry must play outside, cause JDV is much better inside than him.  
" more experienced Gus Theron"

He has all the experience in the world. He can tell you in detail how to knock a ball.
LOL Donner!

If the Stormers buy Jorrie Muller they will have two experienced midfielders.
Not that the Cats will ever let him go.
LOL@ Donner
He could write a book on it
Hey guys
Don't know if you have seen this, but just got this off the NEWS 24 website.

Waratahs swap no's for names
01/02/2006 10:33 - (SA)

Sydney - The Waratahs have announced on Wednesday that they are following in the footsteps of Australia's Twenty-20 cricketers in personalising players' uniforms.

The new-look Waratahs jerseys will replace the player's traditional positional number with their initials for the Super 14 season, beginning with a pre-season match against the Crusaders in Sydney on Saturday.

"I think it's a great move," said Lote Tuqiri. "The blue jersey already means a lot to me but now it's really personal.

"The numbers aren't significant especially with our roving game plan so I think it's an initiative that makes sense rugby-wise too."

Waratahs head coach Ewen McKenzie said the idea was the result of pushing for a more flexible playing style.

"We felt there was too much fixation, internally and externally, on the numbers the players had on their backs," he said.

"The players shouldn't be inhibited by their run-on number.

"Sure, we'll name a traditional one to 22 and have numerals on our shorts but that doesn't define the Waratah game."

Popular with Waratah supporters

New South Wales Rugby Union chief executive officer Fraser Neill said he expected the change to be popular with supporters.

"The only issue we have is with hyphenated names, so Sam Norton-Knight will be NK for example," he said.

The Super 14 series - involving former Super 12 teams plus new franchises in Perth and South Africa - begins on February 10.

The new rugby jerseys follow a decision by the Australian cricket team to sport nicknames on their shirts during Twenty-20 matches with captain Ricky Ponting known as "Punter" and Mike Hussey going by the name of "Mr Cricket".

That is bullshit. They want to confuse the match officials. It is much easier to pick up a number than initials
Yip Donner

SANZAR / IRB must nip this in the bud quickly
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