Coetzee to moonwalk?

Allister Coetzee is reportedly set to backtrack on his selection policy in choosing a team to face France in Paris on Saturday.

It’s been less than one week since the Bok coach explained why Duane Vermeulen and Frans Steyn were not called up to face Ireland.

Given the restrictions imposed by World Rugby’s official November Test window, the two veterans would only have been able to join up with the Boks on Monday last week.

“I learned last year how important continuity and team culture is,” Coetzee told Netwerk24 last week. “To have enough time to prepare is critical in Test Rugby. Players may be world-class but need more than a Test week to get involved.”

In the wake of South Africa’s biggest loss against Ireland, Coetzee hastily added Vermeulen who parachuted into the Bok camp on Monday night. And now, according to, Vermeulen is set to start at No 8 against France.

This suggests that Coetzee either hasn’t learnt the lesson about continuity provided by 2016, the worst season in Bok history; that he was wrong about one week not being enough time to “get involved”; or that an under-prepared, world-class player is more value than a mediocre talent that has been in the squad for months.

With Pieter-Steph du Toit ruled out with a concussion, the Bok back row is expected to feature Vermeulen at No 8, a return to openside flanker for Francois Louw and Siya Kolisi on the blindside.

Wilco Louw has also been tagged as the likely beneficiary of tighthead prop Coenie Oosthuizen’s season-ending knee injury.

- Zelim Nel

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  • gerhard van tonder gerhard van tonder

    Loose trio now possible –

    6. Siya
    7. Flouw
    8. Thor (and Captain)

    • nick

      gerhard thats just the loose trio. i’m not hearing anything about the backline

  • Sharky

    Given our current (pretty poor) squad and the current injuries I would go with this team against the French:

    1) Tendai Mtawarira
    2) Malcolm Marx
    3) Wilco Louw
    4) Eben Etzebeth
    5) Pieter-Steph du Toit
    6) Siya Kolisi
    7) Francois Louw
    8) Duane Vermeulen
    9) Rudy Paige
    10) Handré Pollard
    11) Dillyn Leyds
    12) Francois Venter
    13) Lukhanyo Am
    14) Courtnall Skosan
    15) Warrick Gelant

    16) Steven Kitshoff
    17) Bongi Mbonambi
    18) Ruan Dreyer
    19) Lood de Jager
    20) Dan du Preez
    21) Ross Cronje
    22) Elton Jantjies
    23) Andries Coetzee

    We’re looking pretty bad at tight head, and I would definitely like to have overseas based players (such as Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Bismark Du Plessis, Frans Steyn, JP Pietersen, Vincent Koch) in the squad. I also can’t wait to have injured players like Warren Whiteley, S’bu Nkosi, Ruan Combinck and JL Du Preez back.

  • Peter

    PS d T out injured….persisting with Beast????13-15 wont cut it against France….19 and 23?????
    Sorry Sharky….you dont wanna beat French do you?

    • Sharky

      And who would you choose out of our current squad. I’m just making the best shit sandwich possible.

      PS. Didn’t realize that PSdT has failed his concussion test. Move Lood to 5 and Mostert to 19.

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