Rugby 22.11.2017 05:00 pm

5 reasons why the Springboks need to pick Bongi Mbonambi

It’s time South Africa start building a bit of depth in the hooker position and stop over-relying on Malcolm Marx. But that’s not all…

The Springboks are holding their breath over the availability of Malcolm Marx for this weekend's Test against Italy in Padua.

5 reasons why the Springboks need to pick Bongi Mbonambi
5 reasons why the Springboks need to pick Bongi Mbonambi

5 reasons why the Springboks need to pick Bongi Mbonambi

It’s time South Africa start building a bit of depth in the hooker position and stop over-relying on Malcolm Marx. But that’s not all…

POLL: Who should play flyhalf for the Springboks this weekend?
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POLL: Who should play flyhalf for the Springboks this weekend?

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It took only 1 Test for the Boks to unearth Jan’s replacement
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It took only 1 Test for the Boks to unearth Jan’s replacement

Coach Allister Coetzee raves over Francois Venter’s performance against France in Paris and it certainly was a goody.
There’s a sting in the Springboks’ tail but …
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There’s a sting in the Springboks’ tail but …

One of their biggest weapons remains a doubt for them as they prepare for revenge against Italy this weekend.
Upbeat Springboks might have holes to fill for Italy
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Upbeat Springboks might have holes to fill for Italy

Siya Kolisi is in South Africa this week while Eben Etzebeth and Malcolm Marx are concerns. They don’t even have a defence coach this week!
Springbok player ratings: Swys a revelation, Pollard’s shocker
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Springbok player ratings: Swys a revelation, Pollard’s shocker

South Africa seem to have found a competent replacement for Jan Serfontein as the forwards once again show their worth.
Coetzee delighted with Springboks ‘character’
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Coetzee delighted with Springboks ‘character’

South Africa coach Allister Coetzee paid tribute to the character of his “unbelievable” players after they hit back from last week’s record defeat to Ireland to beat France in Paris.
Desperate Springboks cling on for an ugly win in Paris
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Desperate Springboks cling on for an ugly win in Paris

It’s only South Africa’s second away win under Allister Coetzee as a poor France side lets them off the hook.
Burdened Eben Etzebeth needs to show his wisdom
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Burdened Eben Etzebeth needs to show his wisdom

His standards as player haven’t slipped in the Springboks’ difficult few months but his captaincy record is currently a dodgy one.
Desperate Springboks eye redemption but will they deliver?
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Desperate Springboks eye redemption but will they deliver?

Like every other week, we’ve heard how hard they’ve trained but the talk simply has to be walked now against France on Saturday.
Springboks bank on Pollard power … but it’s a long shot
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Springboks bank on Pollard power … but it’s a long shot

As gifted as the 23-year-old flyhalf is, it would be foolish to expect an immediate upswing against France as he’s barely played in 2017.
Handre Pollard is ready to help save the Springboks’ bacon
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Handre Pollard is ready to help save the Springboks’ bacon

It seems highly likely that the 23-year-old pivot will replace Elton Jantjies for Saturday’s Test against France.
‘Bitterly disappointed’ Saru won’t appeal 2023 World Cup result
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‘Bitterly disappointed’ Saru won’t appeal 2023 World Cup result

Politics ruins South Africa’s bid despite World Rugby stating to voting members that it had the best bid for the showpiece tournament.
It’s the moment of truth for our rugby mad nation
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It’s the moment of truth for our rugby mad nation

SA is the preferred host for 2023’s Rugby World Cup but the final vote lies with the World Rugby Council … and it’s infected with politics.
Five changes the Springboks absolutely must make for France
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Five changes the Springboks absolutely must make for France

Allister Coetzee’s policy of promoting loyalty and togetherness simply isn’t viable anymore. Tweaks are urgently needed.
Ouch! Clumsy medic inflicts even more pain on poor Coenie
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Ouch! Clumsy medic inflicts even more pain on poor Coenie

The Springbok prop’s knee injury against Ireland was already pretty painful, only for medical staff to make it worse!
Allister Coetzee turns on the spin again
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Allister Coetzee turns on the spin again

The embattled Springbok coach says his troops ‘didn’t lack effort’ after they slumped to a record defeat against Ireland.
Rugby World Cup bid answer out soon
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Rugby World Cup bid answer out soon

A forecast predicted the 10th edition of the quadrennial tournament would have a R27 billion economic impact for South Africa.
SA eyes 2023 Rugby World Cup as bitter hosting battle ends
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SA eyes 2023 Rugby World Cup as bitter hosting battle ends

The fog of war that has afflicted the race to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup will lift on Wednesday and is expected to reveal South Africa as outright victor to stage the quadrennial showpiece.
Bok coach living on borrowed time, say analysts
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Bok coach living on borrowed time, say analysts

The humbling 38-3 loss in Dublin on Saturday means the Boks have now lost 11 Tests out of 22.
Springbok player ratings: Call an ambulance for the backline!
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Springbok player ratings: Call an ambulance for the backline!

The days when the Springboks can just rely on their physical forwards to stay in a game are clearly over as they slump to a record defeat.
We have to fight back, says Springboks coach Coetzee
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We have to fight back, says Springboks coach Coetzee

South Africa have to pick themselves up and restore their pride after Ireland inflicted a record 38-3 defeat on them on Saturday, said a shell-shocked Springboks coach Allister Coetzee.
Directionless Springboks splutter to another record defeat
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Directionless Springboks splutter to another record defeat

The pressure mounts on the Allister Coetzee regime as Ireland canter to a shockingly easy win in Dublin against poor opposition.
Malcolm Marx: the immovable Bok rock
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Malcolm Marx: the immovable Bok rock

Retreaded flanker Marx is now regarded as the best hooker in the world.
Underdog Springboks might have to go ugly against the Irish
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Underdog Springboks might have to go ugly against the Irish

With questions over the backline, Allister Coetzee’s troops have to bank on a powerful pack to create opportunities in Dublin.
Springboks pick a team to remind us how some stars have stalled
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Springboks pick a team to remind us how some stars have stalled

De Allende, Kriel and De Jager all starred at 2015’s World Cup. But the team for Saturday’s Test against Ireland remind us of their falls too.

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