Rhule sent packing from Springbok squad

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 17:18

NEWS: Springbok wing Raymond Rhule was released from the Springbok squad on Tuesday, despite Springbok head coach Allister Coetzee defending him on Monday.

Daniel du Preez and Sibusiso Nkosi are the other two players released from the squad. The duo will return to Durban on Tuesday to join up with the Sharks, while Rhule will re-join the Cheetahs and is available for Pro14 selection.

Coetzee will announce his matchday 23 on Thursday in Bloemfontein.

A lot of criticism was levelled towards Rhule after his performance in the Boks' 0-57 defeat to the All Blacks in Albany. The wing missed a number of tackles out wide and proved to be a liability on defence.

"We forget how good Raymond Rhule was against Australia," Coetzee said earlier this week.

"I am not the kind of coach that will just look at one game, one poor performance then I chuck him away.

"He was outstanding against Australia. There are few things that the All Blacks targeted and we will work on that. We will get that right and get him [Rhule] better."

With Rhule and Nkosi gone, it opens the door for Western Province star Dillyn Leyds to come into the starting XV for Saturday's clash against the Wallabies in Boemfontein.

The Springboks finish their 2017 Rugby Championship campaign against the All Blacks in Cape Town on October 7. 

By Warren Fortune, in Bloemfontein
@FortuneWarren
@rugby365com

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 20 October 2017
Scarlets v Bath 18h45 Parc y Scarlets
Sat, 21 October 2017
Australia v New Zealand 09h00 Brisbane
Glasgow Warriors v Leinster 12h00 Scotstoun
Sharks v Blue Bulls 12h30 Durban
Treviso v Toulon 14h15 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Western Province v Golden Lions 15h00 Cape Town
Clermont Auvergne v Northampton Saints 15h15 Stade Marcel-Michelin
Leicester Tigers v Castres 16h30 Welford Road
Munster v Racing Metro 16h30 Thomond Park
Saracens v Ospreys 18h45 Allianz Park
Sun, 22 October 2017
Montpellier v Exeter Chiefs 12h00 Altrad Stadium
La Rochelle v Ulster 14h15 Paris
Wasps v Harlequins 16h30 Ricoh Arena
RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
New Zealand 6 6 0 0 28
Australia 6 2 2 2 15
South Africa 6 2 2 1 14
Argentina 6 0 0 6 0