Equip Jean now as RWC capt - Fleck

Discussion in 'International Test Matches' started by munross, Oct 7, 2008.

  1. munross

    munross Guest

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    I really think it will be a good choice to hand over the captaincy to De Villiers once Smit retires...

    Whats your thoughts?
     
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  3. Boggle

    Boggle Guest

    It's him and Matfield in my opinion, but matfield is getting older now too isn't he ?

    I think he and Smit are about the same age.

    Look De villiers seems to be a fine captain for the Stormers, and he has captained the boks before, I say go for it, by the time Smit retires De villiers will have such a massive amount of experience anyway, keeping him as vice captain and letting him captain a game every now and then will probably be a good thing.
     
  4. Steve-o

    Steve-o Guest

    Smit is 29 and Matfield is 30. I don't believe Smit will make it to the next WC, he's hit his ceiling of playing ability already imo. Matfield on the other hand is a supreme athlete and I could see him still contributing to SA rugby for another few years.
    Look, I love JdV, he's the best 12 in the world currently, but I'm not sure he's Springbok captain material at the moment. Is he really proven at S14 level? He didn't motivate his troops to beat the Lions at home for a play off position, twice, in one year. He could thrive, the Boks have always had inspiration captains so I'm sure the right choice will be made. I do, however, believe if he is identified as the next Bok captain he should get the chance at the reins on the EOY tour as it'll be easier than doing it in the TN.
     
  5. Boggle

    Boggle Guest

    Yeah the EYO tour would be ideal.

    I dunno, he seems like a really good captain to me, but then captaining the Springboks is a whole different kettle of fish. I get what you're saying about the games against the Lions, but really I'm not so sure that's all up to De Villiers, I mean they did actually win the games, it's hard to knock a captain that's on a winning side just because they didn't win by enough.

    I blame the situation province is in more on the failures of our B team during the middle stages of the currie cup (in other words our depth, which is something I didn't think I'd ever hear myself say about Western Province), when we lost our games against Griquas and the Falcons.

    Apart from De villiers though, who else would you have in mind ?
    I can't come up with any names from the top of my head who could easily fill these shoes, maybe BJ Botha, or Juan Smith (to a degree).
     
  6. Gay-Guy

    Gay-Guy Guest

    I would have him in. He seems the logical choice. There is no one else really. He has that same sort of leader type look about him that other centres in the world have (Umaga, O'Driscoll, Mortlock).

    Then again Smit could defy everyone and go on till the RWC.
     
  7. Steve-o

    Steve-o Guest

    Both of you are right, there isn't anybody else really!
     
  8. Probably the best choice for South Africa. Matfield might be too old when the next Rugby World Cup swings around.

    I think Schalk Burger would be a great choice too.
     
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