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South Africans in the Premiership who might be selected for Lions 2021

Post by JP14 » Tue Apr 06, 2021 12:46 pm

Now we don't know if Covid will affect the squad size and if it will limit the amount of foreign players that Rassie Erasmus and Jaques Nienaber can select but here are my bets for Saffas in the Prem who will be selected for the Boks for the Lions tour this summer:

Capped:
  • Lood de Jager (Sale)
  • Faf de Klerk (Sale)
  • Vincent Koch (Saracens/I know not Premiership but still counts)
  • Akker van der Merwe (Sale)
Uncapped:
  • Cobus Wiese (Sale)
  • Jasper Wiese (Leicester)
Obviously other uncapped contenders are our own Liebenberg, Jaques Vermeulen at the Chiefs but the back row is incredibly competitive with the likes of Captain Siya Kolisi, PSDT, Duane Vermeulen, possibly Marco van Staden too and the uncapped Juarno Augustus at the Stormers.
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Re: South Africans in the Premiership who might be selected for Lions 2021

Post by JP14 » Tue Apr 06, 2021 12:50 pm

As far as I'm aware it's not known when the Springboks squad will be announced, but I can't see it being ridiculously before or after the Lions squad announcement on May 6th.
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Re: South Africans in the Premiership who might be selected for Lions 2021

Post by ourla » Tue Apr 06, 2021 2:02 pm

Am I right in saying SA haven't played a test match since the RWC 2019?
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Re: South Africans in the Premiership who might be selected for Lions 2021

Post by tjs10inOz » Tue Apr 06, 2021 2:46 pm

ourla wrote:
Tue Apr 06, 2021 2:02 pm
Am I right in saying SA haven't played a test match since the RWC 2019?
Correct.
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Re: South Africans in the Premiership who might be selected for Lions 2021

Post by JP14 » Tue Apr 06, 2021 3:44 pm

ourla wrote:
Tue Apr 06, 2021 2:02 pm
Am I right in saying SA haven't played a test match since the RWC 2019?
They're going to be playing the Americans (who also haven't played since the World Cup) in a warm-up game before the Lions tour commences.
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Re: South Africans in the Premiership who might be selected for Lions 2021

Post by ourla » Tue Apr 06, 2021 3:47 pm

JP14 wrote:
Tue Apr 06, 2021 3:44 pm
ourla wrote:
Tue Apr 06, 2021 2:02 pm
Am I right in saying SA haven't played a test match since the RWC 2019?
They're going to be playing the Americans (who also haven't played since the World Cup) in a warm-up game before the Lions tour commences.
Yeah, I guessed they would be playing a warm up or two but I was thinking about how much the team might change from when we've last seen them, given that time span.
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Re: South Africans in the Premiership who might be selected for Lions 2021

Post by RagingBull » Tue Apr 06, 2021 3:52 pm

There is a very big possibility that Wiese and Van Staden might make the bok squad after this Lions tour IMO.
van Staden replaces Louw
Wiese or Augustus will fight it out for Vermeulen spot

I think for the lions tour Van Staden has the highest chance currently with Louw now retired.

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Re: South Africans in the Premiership who might be selected for Lions 2021

Post by Scott1 » Tue Apr 06, 2021 4:02 pm

What happened to Jaco Kriel? Was world class at The Lions then didn’t settle/got injured/lost form at Gloc. Shame,loved watching him!

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Re: South Africans in the Premiership who might be selected for Lions 2021

Post by RagingBull » Tue Apr 06, 2021 4:04 pm

Scott1 wrote:
Tue Apr 06, 2021 4:02 pm
What happened to Jaco Kriel? Was world class at The Lions then didn’t settle/got injured/lost form at Gloc. Shame,loved watching him!
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Re: South Africans in the Premiership who might be selected for Lions 2021

Post by TigerFeetSteve » Tue Apr 06, 2021 4:19 pm

Think of ours (and soon to be ours)

Wiese & Van Staden will be in the squad

Liebenberg has a chance but 50:50 at best for me.

Brink is a real longshot but now back to fitness you never know as he was called up before injury so was on the radar.

Really don't think either Van Wyk or De Bruin will go.
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Re: South Africans in the Premiership who might be selected for Lions 2021

Post by Scuttle » Tue Apr 06, 2021 7:58 pm

JP14 wrote:
Tue Apr 06, 2021 12:50 pm
As far as I'm aware it's not known when the Springboks squad will be announced, but I can't see it being ridiculously before or after the Lions squad announcement on May 6th.
You are not wrong; things starting to move?

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Re: South Africans in the Premiership who might be selected for Lions 2021

Post by JP14 » Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:31 am

Scuttle wrote:
Tue Apr 06, 2021 7:58 pm
JP14 wrote:
Tue Apr 06, 2021 12:50 pm
As far as I'm aware it's not known when the Springboks squad will be announced, but I can't see it being ridiculously before or after the Lions squad announcement on May 6th.
You are not wrong; things starting to move?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/56650758
Yes in April there are going to be a set of "alignment camps", one for the players based in the UK, one for players in France, one in South Africa then a virtual one for the Players in Japan.
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Re: South Africans in the Premiership who might be selected for Lions 2021

Post by JP14 » Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:32 am

Scott1 wrote:
Tue Apr 06, 2021 4:02 pm
What happened to Jaco Kriel? Was world class at The Lions then didn’t settle/got injured/lost form at Gloc. Shame,loved watching him!
Just got injured too much, and probably never settled at Gloucester either...
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Re: South Africans in the Premiership who might be selected for Lions 2021

Post by JP14 » Wed Apr 07, 2021 11:21 am

For those of you who follow Super Rugby, will be interesting to see if the Boks show winger Mark Telea of the Blues any interest (who qualifies for South Africa through his father).
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Re: South Africans in the Premiership who might be selected for Lions 2021

Post by kk20gb30 » Thu Apr 08, 2021 6:16 am

South African Rugby begins to come out of hibernation :

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/56650758

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