Heyneke Meyer announced his EOYT squad with the only real surprise maybe being that he isn’t giving any of the overplayed and out of form Boks a break.
He largely stuck to his old squad and I suppose that was expected as the end of December is D-Day for the team rankings will determine the draw for the 2015 Rugby World Cup and Meyer couldn’t be too experimental with his squad.
However, some of the Boks really looked tired in recent weeks. Beast, Doc Jannie, Alberts, Hougaard, JdV and Mornetjie can all do with a good rest before Super Rugby starts in earnest and we have more than capable replacements available, except maybe for Jean at number 12.
It is also a pity that he didn’t see his way open to select the form loosehead, JC Janse van Rensburg, and rather went with Guthro Steenkamp.
It will be interesting to see whether he plays Jaco Taute at fullback after the youngster publicly stated that that is his preferred position and whether he now sees Lambie as a flyhalf or still as fullback.
Raymond Rhule has forced his way into the squad with great performances this year and hopefully this youngster will make the step up to Bok rugby but there must be a number of players who would feel that they have done enough but were left out – Deon Fourie, Tim Whitehead and Robert Ebersohn to name a few.
Zane Kirchner, Jaco Taute
JP Pietersen, Lwazi Mvovo, Raymond Rhule
Jean de Villiers (captain), Juan de Jongh, Lionel Mapoe
Morné Steyn, Elton Jantjies, Pat Lambie,
Ruan Pienaar, Francois Hougaard, Jano Vermaak
Willem Alberts, Marcell Coetzee, Francois Louw, Arno Botha
Eben Etzebeth, Juandré Kruger, Flip van der Merwe, Franco van der Merwe
Jannie du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira, Pat Cilliers, Gurthrö Steenkamp, CJ van der Linde
Adriaan Strauss, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Schalk Brits