Jeez what was the basis for being picked for this team? Looks like a very random selection to me!
If S.A. get another Super 14 spot, i.e. if it expands further - they would like a team based in Port Elizabeth. The Souther Kings consists of a few guys from that area but to be fair, the team is an utter shambles.
Well, that's the thing - the S14 South African franchise will base themselves in Port Elizabeth, and, I think, East London. I believe they will be called the Southern Spears, so perhaps that's what this team should have been called. However, this team is almost like a South African Barbarians selection, and there seems little point in selecting most of these guys. Anyone familiar with the S14 over the past few years will recognise most of the guys, then throw in a few journeymen like Marco Wentzel. This has the potential to be a very sticky game for the Lions though. Whereas the Kings XV in Rustenburg were all journeymen pros hacking about in the lower levels of the Currie Cup, this team, and subs, has a smattering of former Boks and reasonably talent players. Tyibilika is ridiculously strong, and there is some positive points in the back line. You'd imagine the likes of JVDW and Human will have serious points to prove.
Also, I think the best hooker in the country, whether he be Irish, English, Scottish, Welsh or South African is playing in that position for this line up tomorrow, Derick Kuun. Anyone read the interview with Bismarck du Plessis in the ST? They singled him out as being one of the greatest Springboks ever by the time he retires. Kuun is a quality hooker too though. Reminds me a lot of Jerry Flannery