In the Hot Seat - Dawie Theron from Stellenbosch
October 31, 2012
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Your Question: Dawie, well done with Raymond Rhule! Were you surprised by his selection to the Springboks team as many feels he is very young? Also, when did you first spotted him, is he coming through the ranks as he did not play Craven Week. Who do you think will be next from you team to play for the Springboks, perhaps Jan Serfontein as he did very well this year? - James from Somerset West.

Dawie answers: James, many thanks for your interest and your question. Raymond is certainly a very exciting player with heaps of potential. We spotted him while playing in the Varsity Cup competition and then for the Free State in the Vodacom Cup. He was injured during Craven Week, but would have made their side that year. I think he will benefit tremendously from this tour, as he will be surrounded by experienced players like JP Pietersen and Jean de Villiers. He is a good listener and learner on the training field and works hard, so I have no doubt that he will develop into an awesome player. There are a few others that I feel will become Springboks from the class of 2012, but it is unfair to name them and create unnecessary expectations. One can look at those who are already playing Super Rugby as the most prominent contenders.

Your Question: Dawie, dit was seker lekker om te sien hoe goed julle SA o.20 outjies in die junior kompetisies gespeel het. Daar was stuk of ses, sewe in die Bulle span wat die onder21 titel gewen het? Geoordeel daaraan, kan ons verwag dat jou groep wat jy nou gaan kies, meerderheid WP sal he, met paar Blou Bulle? Wanneer kies jy ‘n span en gaan jy weer skooloutjies kies soos met Pollard? - Jaap van Wellington

Dawie answers: Jaap, ons het die laaste jaar of wat begin om ons talentidentifisering en keuring meer eenvormig te maak. Dit beteken dat ons al hoe vroeër begin om spelers raak te sien en is ons uitvalgetal heelwat minder. Die WP is natuurlik afgerig deur Nazeem Adams, wat my hulp-afrigter by die Jong Bokkies is. Dit help my baie. Daar is egter ook spelers uit ander spanne wat aan die deur klop en ons groep sal uiteindelik bepaal word deur ‘n speler se talent en potensiaal en nie van watter provinsie hy af kom nie.

Your Question: Hi What do you think it was that caused the turnaround after losing that first game to Ireland? What has been done to ensure further success? Kind regards Wes

Dawie answers: Wes, that defeat really shook us up and it turned out to be the best thing that could have happened in that tournament. We realised that by just turning up and expect things to happen, was not going to win us anything. The team went out to play after that and that brought out all the skills and temperament the guys had. I have mentioned our improved selection protocols in an earlier question, but that will also help us tremendously in our planning for the next tournament next year in France.

Your Question: Will you again be having a training camp in Stellenbosch late this year? Do you think a better run-in to the U20 World Champs, with a settled team, may be the way to go? Especially with tough competition in France and England in our pool. Any news on the injury front? When will Tshepo Motale and Sikhumbuzo Notshe be back?,

Dawie answers: Hendrik, you are clearly following our fortunes with interest and thank you for that. We will continue to use Stellenbosch as our base camp as it comply to all our needs. We would love nothing more than a settled team, but due to injuries, player availability and competitions like Varsity Cup, Vodacom Cup and Super Rugby, some players will only come to us later in the preparations. It is still a couple of months to go before the next JWC, so injuries at this stage is not a concern. Motale and Notshe are two players that could add value, but I prefer not to discuss individual cases at this stage, if you understand.

Your Question: When is the south african rugby union going to wise up and protest the forced attention to the hakka. If the haka is popular with rugby suppoerters then the all blacks will not have a problem performing the hakka for the spectators while the boks continue to focus and warm up - Martin Jordaan.

Dawie answers: Martin, the haka is part of rugby tradition and as a coach I don’t have a problem with it.

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