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2006 South Africa rugby union tour of Ireland and England

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.

2006 South Africa rugby union tour of Ireland and England
ManagerJake White
Tour captain(s)John Smit
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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 DublinEdit

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   67'
FH 10 Ronan O'Gara   79'
SH 9 Peter Stringer   75'
N8 8 Denis Leamy
OF 7 David Wallace
BF 6 Neil Best   61'
RL 5 Paul O'Connell   79'
LL 4 Donncha O'Callaghan
TP 3 John Hayes
HK 2 Rory Best   79'
LP 1 Marcus Horan   67'
HK 16 Frankie Sheahan   79'
PR 17 Bryan Young   67'
LK 18 Malcolm O'Kelly   79'
FL 19 Simon Easterby   61'
SH 20 Isaac Boss   75'
FH 21 Paddy Wallace   79'
WG 22 Geordan Murphy   67'
  Eddie O'Sullivan
FB 15 Bevin Fortuin
RW 14 Jaco Pretorius   75'
OC 13 Bryan Habana
IC 12 Jean de Villiers
LW 11 François Steyn
FH 10 André Pretorius
SH 9 Ricky Januarie   4' to 9'
N8 8 Pierre Spies
OF 7 Juan Smith
BF 6 Danie Rossouw   67'
RL 5 Albert van den Berg
LL 4 Johan Ackermann   14'
TP 3 CJ van der Linde
HK 2 John Smit (c)
LP 1 Lawrence Sephaka   40'
HK 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle
PR 17 BJ Botha   40'
LK 18 Johann Muller   14'
N8 19 Jacques Cronjé   67'
FH 20 Ruan Pienaar   4'   9'
CE 21 Wynand Olivier   75'
FB 22 JP Pietersen
Jake White

Second test with EnglandEdit

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   39'
SH 9 Peter Richards   69'
N8 8 Martin Corry (c)
OF 7 Pat Sanderson   57'
BF 6 Joe Worsley
RL 5 Ben Kay   57'
LL 4 Tom Palmer
TP 3 Julian White
HK 2 George Chuter   57'
LP 1 Andrew Sheridan   49'
HK 16 Lee Mears   57'
PR 17 Phil Vickery   49'
LK 18 Chris Jones   57'
FL 19 Lewis Moody   57'
SH 20 Shaun Perry   69'
FH 21 Andy Goode   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   57'
SH 9 Ricky Januarie   74'
N8 8 Jacques Cronjé   40'
OF 7 Danie Rossouw
BF 6 Pierre Spies
RL 5 Johann Muller
LL 4 Johan Ackermann   77'
TP 3 BJ Botha
HK 2 John Smit (c)
LP 1 CJ van der Linde   69'
HK 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle
PR 17 Deon Carstens   69'
LK 18 Albert van den Berg   77'
N8 19 Hilton Lobberts   40'
SH 20 Ruan Pienaar   74'
FH 21 André Pretorius   57'
FB 22 Bevin Fortuin
Jake White

The revenge with EnglandEdit

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  
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   '
17. Tim Payne
L 18. Ben Kay   '
F 19. Lewis Moody   '
SH 20. Shaun Perry   '
FH 21. Toby Flood   '
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   '
F 18. Albert van den Berg   '
F 19. Gerrie Britz   '
20. Ruan Pienaar   '
21. Jaco Pretorius
22. Bevin Fortuin
John Smit

The final match against World XVEdit

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.