Bismarck won't start against Oz
Johannesburg - Bismarck du Plessis is not likely to start when the Springboks name their side to face the Wallabies in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship match at Newlands on September 28.According to the supersport.com website, Du Plessis, who has faced a torrid week after being incorrectly red-carded by French referee Romain Poite in Auckland last weekend, is set to be on the bench when the Boks resume their chase for the title next week. The hooker’s red card was later expunged by the International Rugby Board as it was incorrect, but it hardly helped as the Boks had to play with 14 men for almost 50 minutes of the game, losing 29-15 in the process. But unless coach Heyneke Meyer has changed his mind, Du Plessis is unlikely to start against the Wallabies as he has already stated that Adriaan Strauss would move back to the No 2 spot when the Boks get home.
It is also unlikely that Meyer – a firm believer in continuity – would have changed his decision because of the cards that Du Plessis received in Auckland. It is a tough juggling act for Meyer – Du Plessis is rightly rated as the best hooker in the world, but Strauss is having an exceptional season and his leadership abilities also mean a lot to the side, as well as his ball-carrying abilities.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at SPORT24Similar Stories