Great news for rugby fans is that the Springboks are playing 3 test matches in November 2012 in the British Isles. Their opponents will be Ireland, Scotland and England.
On the 28th of October Springbok coach, Heyneke Meyer, announced the squad that will be touring to the British Isles to face these three teams. The Springboks didn’t perform that well in this year’s Rugby Championship tournament (formerly known as the Tri-Nations) and will be looking to improve on their recent performances in the international arena.
England are currently ranked at number 4; Ireland are ranked at number 7 and Scotland are ranked at number 9 on the IRB World Ranking list. The Springboks will have their work cut out for them, if you ask me.
The backs that have been picked for the Springbok squad are Juan de Jongh, Jean de Villiers (captain), Francois Hougaard, Elton Jantjies, Zane Kirchner, Patrick Lambie, Lionel Mapoe, Lwazi Mvovo, Ruan Pienaar, JP Pietersen, Raymond Rhule, Morne Steyn, Jaco Taute, Jano Vermaak.
The forwards that have been picked for the Springbok squad are: Willem Alberts, Arno Botha, Schalk Brits, Pat Cilliers, Marcell Coetzee, Eben Etzebeth, Juandre Kruger, CJ van der Linde, Francois Louw, Flip van der Merwe, Franco van der Merwe, Tendai Mtawarira, Jannie du Plessis, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Gurthro Steenkamp, Adriaan Strauss, Duane Vermeulen.
The Springboks will play Ireland on the 10th of November (this Saturday) at AVIVA stadium in Dublin, the match kicks off at 7:30 PM. The Boks will also play against Scotland on the 17th of November at Murrayfield and England on the 24th of November at Twickenham. All three these matches promise to be a display of brilliant rugby, so try not to miss them. All the matches will be broadcast on Supersport on DSTV.
Let’s hope that the guys in Green and Gold will play their best and do South Africa proud! Do you think the Springboks have what it takes to beat Ireland, Scotland and England on this tour? Comment on this post and let us know what you think. Feedback is appreciated and welcome on the Junk Mail blog.
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