2006 South Africa rugby union tour of Ireland and England

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2006 South Africa rugby union tour of Ireland and England
ManagerJake White
Tour captain(s)John Smit
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The 2006 South Africa rugby union tour of Ireland and England was a series of matches played in November and December 2006 in Ireland and England by South Africa national rugby union team.

The Springboks, coached by Jake White lost the test with Ireland, drew the series (1–1) to England and won against a World XV selection.


First test in Dublin[edit]

A bad defeat against Ireland, that had never before scored four tries against Springboks in a century.[1] In the first half, Irish, made three tries that exposed the poor defence of Pierre Spies in particular and Bryan Habana out of position at 13. Spies was twice caught charging out of the line and the Irish swiftly punished that opening each time. The Springboks, fielding a largely experimental side, fought hard as Habana and debutant Francois Steyn dotted down in the second half. That comeback was roundly ended by Horgan after O'Driscoll expertly put him away to seal the game.

The match celebrate the centenary of the first Springboks tour and South Africa played in the kit worn by the 1906 touring squad, which was captained by Paul Roos.[2]

11 November 2006
17:00 WET
Ireland  32–15  South Africa
Try: Trimble
D. Wallace
Con: O'Gara (3)
Pen: O'Gara (2)
Report Try: F. Steyn
Con: A. Pretorius
Pen: A. Pretorius
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 41,000
Referee: Paul Honiss (New Zealand)
South Africa
FB 15 Girvan Dempsey
RW 14 Shane Horgan
OC 13 Brian O'Driscoll (c)
IC 12 Gordon D'Arcy
LW 11 Andrew Trimble Substituted off 67'
FH 10 Ronan O'Gara Substituted off 79'
SH 9 Peter Stringer Substituted off 75'
N8 8 Denis Leamy
OF 7 David Wallace
BF 6 Neil Best Substituted off 61'
RL 5 Paul O'Connell Substituted off 79'
LL 4 Donncha O'Callaghan
TP 3 John Hayes
HK 2 Rory Best Substituted off 79'
LP 1 Marcus Horan Substituted off 67'
HK 16 Frankie Sheahan Substituted in 79'
PR 17 Bryan Young Substituted in 67'
LK 18 Malcolm O'Kelly Substituted in 79'
FL 19 Simon Easterby Substituted in 61'
SH 20 Isaac Boss Substituted in 75'
FH 21 Paddy Wallace Substituted in 79'
WG 22 Geordan Murphy Substituted in 67'
Ireland Eddie O'Sullivan
FB 15 Bevin Fortuin
RW 14 Jaco Pretorius Substituted off 75'
OC 13 Bryan Habana
IC 12 Jean de Villiers
LW 11 François Steyn
FH 10 André Pretorius
SH 9 Ricky Januarie Sent to blood bin 4' to 9'
N8 8 Pierre Spies
OF 7 Juan Smith
BF 6 Danie Rossouw Substituted off 67'
RL 5 Albert van den Berg
LL 4 Johan Ackermann Substituted off 14'
TP 3 CJ van der Linde
HK 2 John Smit (c)
LP 1 Lawrence Sephaka Substituted off 40'
HK 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle
PR 17 BJ Botha Substituted in 40'
LK 18 Johann Muller Substituted in 14'
N8 19 Jacques Cronjé Substituted in 67'
FH 20 Ruan Pienaar Substituted in 4' Substituted off 9'
CE 21 Wynand Olivier Substituted in 75'
FB 22 JP Pietersen
Jake White

Second test with England[edit]

Next up was a two test encounter against England at fortress Twickenham. The Springboks had not beaten England since the Spring Tour of 2000 where the Boks won 18–13. England exacted revenge a week later and had built a period of dominance spanning six years. Even more disconcerting was that the Boks had not won at Twickenham since 1997; this leaving the Boks with a nine-year hoodoo to break. The Boks dominated England for much of the first test and seemed certain of victory until a late try by Phil Vickery gave England the result. A key turning point in the game was the injury to Butch James. His replacement, André Pretorius failed to deliver the steadiness Butch provided and missed an important penalty.[3]

18 November 2006
14:30 GMT
England  23–21  South Africa
Try: Cueto
Con: Goode (2)
Pen: Hodgson (2)
Report Try: James
A. Ndungane
Con: James
Pen: James (2)
Drop: F. Steyn
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 81,512
Referee: Steve Walsh (New Zealand)
South Africa
FB 15 Josh Lewsey
RW 14 Mark Cueto
OC 13 Mathew Tait
IC 12 Jamie Noon
LW 11 Ben Cohen
FH 10 Charlie Hodgson Substituted off 39'
SH 9 Peter Richards Substituted off 69'
N8 8 Martin Corry (c)
OF 7 Pat Sanderson Substituted off 57'
BF 6 Joe Worsley
RL 5 Ben Kay Substituted off 57'
LL 4 Tom Palmer
TP 3 Julian White
HK 2 George Chuter Substituted off 57'
LP 1 Andrew Sheridan Substituted off 49'
HK 16 Lee Mears Substituted in 57'
PR 17 Phil Vickery Substituted in 49'
LK 18 Chris Jones Substituted in 57'
FL 19 Lewis Moody Substituted in 57'
SH 20 Shaun Perry Substituted in 69'
FH 21 Andy Goode Substituted in 39'
FB 22 Toby Flood
Andy Robinson
FB 15 François Steyn
RW 14 Akona Ndungane
OC 13 Wynand Olivier
IC 12 Jean de Villiers
LW 11 Bryan Habana
FH 10 Butch James Substituted off 57'
SH 9 Ricky Januarie Substituted off 74'
N8 8 Jacques Cronjé Substituted off 40'
OF 7 Danie Rossouw
BF 6 Pierre Spies
RL 5 Johann Muller
LL 4 Johan Ackermann Substituted off 77'
TP 3 BJ Botha
HK 2 John Smit (c)
LP 1 CJ van der Linde Substituted off 69'
HK 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle
PR 17 Deon Carstens Substituted in 69'
LK 18 Albert van den Berg Substituted in 77'
N8 19 Hilton Lobberts Substituted in 40'
SH 20 Ruan Pienaar Substituted in 74'
FH 21 André Pretorius Substituted in 57'
FB 22 Bevin Fortuin
Jake White

The revenge with England[edit]

The final analysis was that this was a year of growth as much as it was a disappointing lost opportunity. Injuries to Schalk Burger (broken neck), Bakkies Botha (calf surgery), Jean De Villiers (cracked rib), Bryan Habana (cracked rib), Butch James (groin and knee), André Pretorius (groin), Joe Van Niekerk (C5 & C6 vertebrae), Jacques Cronje (cracked rib), Danie Rossouw (hamstring), Juan Smith (left quadriceps), Eddie Andrews (back), BJ Botha (back surgery), CJ Van Der Linde (Leg), Gurthro Steenkamp (broken hand), Pedrie Wannenburg (wrist surgery), Marius Joubert (fractured hand) amongst other lesser injuries stretched the Bok's depth to its limit. The blessing was that it allowed the Boks to break their reliance on certain individuals and expand their depth in blooding new players and testing new combinations. Francois Steyn was undoubtedly the find of the season alongside the elusive Ruan Pienaar. Jake also found depth in Wynand Olivier and Pierre Spies; the former being used extensively in plugging gaps left by injuries in the backline. Jake lamented the many lost opportunities of this campaign but was optimistic about the various changes they made to their defensive patterns and saw it as an important learning cuve ahead of the World Cup the following year[4]

25 November 2006
England  14–25  South Africa
Try: Cueto
Pen: Goode 3
Try: van der Linde
Con: A. Pretorius
Pen: A. Pretorius 2
Drop: A. Pretorius 4
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 82,000
Referee: Daniel Lewis Ireland
FB 15. Josh Lewsey
RW 14. Mark Cueto
OC 13. Mathew Tait
IC 12. Jamie Noon
LW 11. Ben Cohen
FH 10. Andy Goode
SH 9. Peter Richards
N8 8. Martin Corry (capt.)
OF 7. Pat Sanderson
BF 6. Joe Worsley
RL 5. Chris Jones
LL 4. Tom Palmer
TP 3. Julian White
HK 2. Lee Mears
LP 1. Phil Vickery
H 16. George Chuter Substituted in '
17. Tim Payne
L 18. Ben Kay Substituted in '
F 19. Lewis Moody Substituted in '
SH 20. Shaun Perry Substituted in '
FH 21. Toby Flood Substituted in '
22. Mark van Gisbergen
Andy Robinson
South Africa
FB 15. Frans Steyn
RW 14. Akona Ndungane
OC 13. Wynand Olivier
IC 12. Jean de Villiers
LW 11. Bryan Habana
FH 10. Andre Pretorius
SH 9. Ricky Januarie
N8 8. Danie Rossouw
OF 7. Juan Smith
BF 6. Kabamba Floors
RL 5. Johann Muller
LL 4. Johan Ackermann
TP 3. BJ Botha
HK 2. John Smit (capt.)
LP 1. CJ van der Linde
F 16. Chiliboy Ralepelle
P 17. Deon Carstens Substituted in '
F 18. Albert van den Berg Substituted in '
F 19. Gerrie Britz Substituted in '
20. Ruan Pienaar Substituted in '
21. Jaco Pretorius
22. Bevin Fortuin
John Smit

The final match against World XV[edit]

3 December 2006
World XV 7–32  South Africa XV
Welford Road, Leicester


  1. ^ * "Ireland continue their World Cup ascent as the Springboks are left with a mountain of problems". The Guardian. 13 November 2006. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 31 May 2009. Retrieved 27 August 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Desperate England make it to the line". The Guardian. 19 November 2006. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Robinson clinging on after Pretorius drops England in it". The Observer. 26 November 2006. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Farrell backed for England conversion". The Guardian. 4 December 2006. Retrieved 26 August 2013.