Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Springbok squad with 3 former Zimbabweans defiant in the face of xenophobia

Pieter de Villiers' new Springbock squad has been announced and there is no surprises. Many of the regulars like Schalk Burger, Jacques Fourie and Fourie du Preez are injured, but as far as I am concerned, this is solid team that will give the Dragons a run for their money. As an ardent WP/ Stormer supporter I am happy with the number of Stormes, but interestingly and more importantly, 3 former Zimbabweans made the cut- the exiting WP wing, Tonderai Chavanga, and the two powerhouses, Brian Mujati and Tendai 'Beast' Mtawarira. These three have excelled in their Super 14 franchises and evidently, they will make us proud as a nation, but also as Africans. Its fantastic to welcome skipper John Smith back as well as Luke Watson, whose proud familyname has been too much for the political sensibilities of the Jake White fanclub. Finally, Watson may show his worth in a setup that value him as a player, irrespective of where he stands. I sense a vibe in the communities, black white, coloured, Indian, Zimbabwean, from wherever, that this is the right squad for our time. The squad in alphabetical order is:
Bekker, Andries
Bobo, Gcobani
Botha, Bakkies
Botha, BJ
Conradie, Bolla
Chavhanga, Tonderai
De Villiers, Jean
Du Plessis, Bismarck
Grant, Peter
Habana, Bryan
Jacobs, Adrian
James, Butch
Jantjes, Conrad
Januarie, Ricky
Kankowski, Ryan
Mtawarira, Tendai
Matfield, Victor
Montgomery, Percy
Mujati, Brian
Ndungane, Odwa
Pienaar, Ruan
Rossouw, Danie
Smit, John (c)
Smith, Juan
Spies, Pierre
Steenkamp, Gurthro
Steyn, Frans
Van der Linde, CJ
Van Niekerk, Joe
Watson, Luke

My team to start against the Wales will be
Fullback: Percy
Wings: Tonderai & Habana
Centres: De Villiers & Adi Jacobs ( with Steyn as impactplayer)
Flyhalf: Butch
Scrumhalf: Ricky
Props: Tendai & Brian
Locks: Botha and Matfield
Flanks: Smit and Watson
Number 8: Spies
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