South African Rugby

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Which coach will get the chop

Both coaches are getting flak for their decisions they have made in last weeks games and both are trying to keep their jobs. This game will be messy.

Jake white has made ten changes meaning there are plenty of new players or players in new positions just to confuse our players but last week's star back Francois Steyn, is moving from wing to fullback, can expect to field a few high bombs and a barrage of tactical kicks from the English. The other revamped back row of Jacques Cronjé, Pierre Spies and Danie Rossouw - but especially Spies - will have a vital role to perform. You can also look at the under-performing Bok front row - which this week features BJ Botha, John Smit (as captain) and CJ van der Linde.

England has made seven changes to its team as it bids to avoid a record eighth straight defeat.

England's players are only allowed to start in three of the four November Tests. Saturday's match at Twickenham and a second game on Nov. 25 against the Springboks completes its international program. Mark Cueto has recovered well from an ankle injury and replaces right-winger Paul Sackey, and Josh Lewsey takes over from Ben Cohen on the other wing.

Centre Mathew Tait was he the guy that welsh pretty boy Hanson dumped , scrum half Peter Richards, prop Andrew Sheridan, lock Tom Palmer and flanker Joe Worsley come in for Anthony Allen, Shaun Perry, Perry Freshwater, Danny Grewcock and Lewis Moody.

Captain Martin Corry has been moved from blindside flanker to No. 8, while Charlie Hodgson stays at fly half after being taken off for tactical reasons during the 25-18 defeat to Argentina on Saturday.

In two other switches, Jamie Noon moves from outside to inside center and Pat Sanderson has swapped with Corry.

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At 7:32 am, Blogger KWalk said...

Hi guys, good luck at the world cup, I am hoping you don't hit your stride, or NZ is in trouble...


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