南非對陣威爾士。春秋戰國等待韋恩-皮瓦克的球隊

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南非對陣威爾士。春秋戰國等待韋恩-皮瓦克的球隊

最後更新於.從威爾士橄欖球部分

當西亞-科里西在2019年捧起世界盃時,這標誌着518天前開始的旅程達到了頂峰。

現在,距離2023年巴黎世界盃決賽還有同樣長的時間,兩隊再次相遇。

但與四年前不同的是,威爾士隊是尋求復甦的一方,而彈簧人則設定了發展他們的比賽和建立深度的目標。

當威爾士隊於6月23日飛往南非時,BBC威爾士體育台對韋恩-皮瓦克的球隊在今年夏天的三場測試系列賽中遇到的強大陣容進行了規定。

2020年1月被任命為南非隊主教練,雅克-尼納伯不可能想到他的第一次測試會在18個月後。

大流行病限制了將選拔網撒得太遠的機會,他的選拔最初是為了擊敗英國和愛爾蘭獅隊,他在2021年夏天以2-1的系列賽勝利完成了這項任務。

為今年的系列賽命名的這支43人陣容包含了值得信賴的資深球員的平衡,一些人在離開測試環境幾年後回歸,還有一些潛在的首次亮相者。

令人印象深刻的是,有17名球員在本賽季經歷了為其俱樂部參加決賽的壓力。

其中一個決定性的比賽是首屆聯合橄欖球錦標賽(URC)的決賽,在開普敦的風暴隊和公牛隊之間進行,由東道主贏得。

一個擴大的聯盟的前景被賣給了觀眾,作為觀看世界冠軍與歐洲國家比賽的機會,但它可以說是照亮南非新興人才的一個更大的工具。

隨着他們在下個賽季加入歐洲比賽,這一點只會增加。

在Nienaber的陣容中,8名未上場的球員中有5人參加了那次激烈的URC決賽。

其中包括無情的清道夫迪恩-富里,他在比賽結束時脖子上掛着比賽最佳球員的獎牌,並獲得了本賽季最高的翻盤次數。35歲的他可能會成為首次參加春秋隊比賽的最年長的球員。

他的年輕的風暴隊隊友,充滿活力和破壞力的8號埃文-魯斯,橫掃了季末的URC獎項,包括其中最負盛名的年度最佳球員。

其他人也令人印象深刻。後衛庫爾特-李-阿倫德斯被他的世界盃冠軍教練傑克-懷特比作傑森-羅賓遜,在乾淨利落的突破方面名列前茅,他有理由感到鼓舞--切斯林-科爾貝和馬卡茲-馬皮姆皮在離開世界盃一年後首次亮相,然後在決賽中進球。

但不要指望新球員在今年年初有太多的比賽時間。

Nienaber將在增加球隊深度的目標與取得成績和首先建立勢頭之間取得平衡。

"Nienaber說:"當你代表Boks時,你代表你的國家,你代表一個已經存在了100多年的品牌。

"這不是一個可以發展的平台。如果在本賽季的過程中出現一些結果,我們可能會有機會讓球員更多地接觸到測試橄欖球。"

因此,所有的跡象表明,儘管杜安-韋爾穆倫因膝傷被排除在系列賽之外,但有經驗的一方將被提名參加第一次測試。

那麼,誰將填補八號球位?如果說魯斯是URC中的傑出候選人,那麼他在決賽中的對位者埃利-盧烏則一直緊隨其後。

一周後,在特威克納姆舉行的一場激動人心的英超決賽中,萊斯特隊的賈斯帕-維澤獲得了全場最佳球員的榮譽稱號。

儘管他在第一次測試前五天才到達訓練營,但他的11個帽子可能使他成為穿八號球衣的最熱門人選。

公牛隊的後排球員Marcell Coetzee也可以填補這一空缺。他在阻止萊恩斯特隊連續第五次贏得URC冠軍的過程中證明了自己的重要性,考慮到他們的陣容中有19名愛爾蘭國腳,這不是一個簡單的成就。

與昆士隊的安德烈-埃斯特胡伊森(Andre Esterhuizen)和沃里克-格蘭特(Warrick Gelant)一起,科茲還有機會穿上綠色和金色的球衣,這三個人最後一次穿上這身衣服是在2019年。

如果漢德勒-波拉德(Handre Pollard)與蒙彼利埃(Montpellier)在14強決賽中上場,那麼本賽季參加過決賽的17名球員將在周五晚上增加到18人。

波拉德是43人陣容中僅有的兩名飛翼球員之一,也是自2018年以來在Nienaber和橄欖球總監Rassie Erasmus手下首發的僅有三人之一。

其他三人是埃爾頓-揚吉蒂和莫恩-斯泰恩,後者在2021年獅子會系列賽中以制勝點球鎖定勝局後,於37歲時從國際橄欖球賽中退役。

約翰-古森(Johan Goosen)最後一次參加測試是在2016年擊敗威爾士的比賽中,他一直在準備營中繼續康復,這表明他可能在今年晚些時候回歸時提供10號位的掩護。

但就目前而言,波拉德的健康狀況可能被證明是最重要的。

自2008年11月以來,威爾士和南非之間的15次測試中,有10次是以5分或更少的分數來決定的,這在尼恩納伯看來並不奇怪。

"他說:"如果你看一下我們與威爾士的歷史和事實,那麼至少在我看來,我認為這將是一場激烈的系列賽。

Nienaber還指出,他即將到來的對手可能與他自己的球隊在四年前處於同樣的位置。

"我期待一個絕望的威爾士隊,而不是因為他們的位置,"他補充說。

"我不能對他們營地里發生的事情發表意見,但我們以前作為春秋隊在2018年回來的時候也曾絕望過。

"我知道那是什麼感覺,我知道那是我們可能會面臨的情況。"

尊敬的話語,但南非在主場對陣威爾士時從未輸過。

由於這個系列賽的前兩場測試是在高海拔地區進行的,而且主場球迷又回到了看台,東道主又指定了如此強大的陣容,皮瓦克決定將這個系列賽稱為 "終極挑戰 "是可以理解的。

這甚至可能是一個輕描淡寫的說法。


Last updated on .From the section Welsh Rugby

When Siya Kolisi lifted the World Cup in 2019, it marked the culmination of a journey that had begun 518 days earlier.

Now with a similar length of time until the 2023 World Cup final in Paris, the teams meet again.

But unlike four years ago, Wales are the side looking for a resurgence while the Springboks have set goals of developing their game and building depth.

As Wales fly out to South Africa on 23 June, BBC Sport Wales runs the rule over the formidable squad that Wayne Pivac's team will meet this summer in a three-Test series.

Appointed South Africa head coach in January 2020, Jacques Nienaber could not have imagined his first Test would not be for another 18 months.

The pandemic limited opportunities to cast the selection net too far and his selections were initially designed to defeat the British and Irish Lions, a task he managed with the 2-1 series win in the summer of 2021.

This 43-man squad named for this year's series contains a balance of trusted senior players, a return for some after a few years out of the Test environment and a number of potential debutants.

Form has been rewarded with an impressive 17 players having experienced the pressure of playing in a final for their club this season.

One of those deciders was the inaugural United Rugby Championship (URC) final, played in Cape Town between the Stormers and Bulls and won by the hosts.

The prospect of an expanding league was sold to its audience as a chance to watch the world champions ply their trade against European nations, but it arguably became a greater vehicle for shining a light on South Africa's emerging talent.

That will only increase with their inclusion in European competition next season.

Five of the eight uncapped players in Nienaber's squad played in that tightly contested URC final.

Those include the relentless scavenger Deon Fourie, who finished the game with a man-of-the-match medal around his neck and the highest number of turnovers won this season. At 35, he could become the oldest player to make his Springboks debut.

His younger Stormers team-mate, the dynamic and destructive number eight Evan Roos, swept up the end-of-season URC awards, including the most prestigious of the lot, players' player of the year.

Others have also impressed. Likened to Jason Robinson by his World Cup-winning coach Jake White, full back Kurt-Lee Arendse topped the charts for clean breaks and he has reason to feel inspired - both Cheslin Kolbe and Makazole Mapimpi made their debuts a year out from a World Cup and then scored in the final.

But do not expect too much game-time for the new players early on this year.

Nienaber will be balancing the aim of increasing squad depth with getting results and building momentum first.

"When you represent the Boks, you represent your country and you represent a brand that has been around for more than 100 years," said Nienaber.

"That is not the platform to develop. If a few results go our way over the course of the season, we may be in a position to give players more exposure to Test rugby."

So all the signs point to an experienced side being named for the first Test, although Duane Vermeulen has been ruled out of the series with a knee injury.

So who will fill the number eight berth? If Roos has been the standout candidate in the URC, his opposite number in that final, Elrigh Louw, has been close behind.

A week later, though, in a pulsating Premiership final at Twickenham, it was Leicester's Jasper Wiese who took the man-of-the-match accolade.

His 11 caps may make him the favourite to wear the eight shirt despite only arriving in camp five days before the first Test.

Bulls back row Marcell Coetzee could also fill that void. He is a man who proved crucial in stopping Leinster winning a fifth consecutive URC title, no mean feat given that their squad contained 19 Irish internationals.

Along with Quins' Andre Esterhuizen and Warrick Gelant, Coetzee has another shot to pull on the green and gold, with the returning trio last donning the colours in 2019.

The tally of 17 players who have featured in a final this season will rise to 18 on Friday night if Handre Pollard takes the field with Montpellier in the Top 14 showpiece.

Pollard is one of only two fly-halves in the squad of 43, and one of just three who have started under Nienaber and director of rugby Rassie Erasmus since 2018.

The others are Elton Janjties and Morne Steyn, who retired from international rugby aged 37 after clinching the 2021 Lions series with the winning penalty.

Johan Goosen, whose last Test appearance was in a 2016 defeat against Wales, has been in the preparation camp as he continues his rehabilitation, which suggests he may provide cover at 10 later in the year when he returns.

But in the present, Pollard's fitness may prove the most important of all.

Since November 2008, 10 of the 15 Tests between Wales and South Africa have been decided by five points or fewer, a sequence which is not lost on Nienaber.

"If you look at our history with Wales and the facts then in my mind at least, I think it will be a tightly contested series," he said.

Nienaber has also identified that his upcoming opponent may be in the same position as his own team were in four years ago.

"I expect a desperate Welsh side, and not because of where they are," he added.

"I can't give an opinion on what is going on in their camp, but we have been desperate before as Springboks when we came back in 2018.

"I know what that feels like and I know that is what we will probably face."

Respectful words, but South Africa have never lost at home against Wales.

With the opening two Tests of this series being played at altitude, and with home fans back in the stands and the hosts naming such an imposing squad, Pivac's decision to call the series the "ultimate challenge" is understandable.

That might even turn out to be an understatement.

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