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South African Players Abroad

Another tough week when picking the South African Players Abroad (#SaffasAbroad) team with most of England and the Pro 14 leagues not playing.

@RugbyMadsa and I had to go deep into places of birth to find some players, notably Nathan McBeth who played for Scotland U20 BUT he is still available to play for South Africa should he get a call up.
My player of the week will go to James Hall after yet another great performance for Oyonnax, leading them to a win over Toulon at home. Hall has been a stand out in Oyonnax’s quest to avoid the drop out of the Top 14. Duhan vd Merwe was in scoring form again this weekend for Edinburgh plus Zito and Engelbrecht both put in huge shifts for their respective teams.

This week we welcome back a full list of fixtures and hopefully some easier calls when we compile next week’s #SaffasAbroad Team of the Week.

Here are our selections.


  1. Nathan McBeth (Scotland U20)
  2. Jody Jenneker (Castres)
  3. Marcel vd Merwe (Toulon)
  4. Mzwanele Zito (Carcassonne)
  5. Juandre Kruger (Toulon)
  6. Francois Uys (Grenoble)
  7. Jacques Engelbrecht (Montauban)
  8. Duane Vermeulen (Toulon)
  9. James Hall (Oyonnax)
  10. Jaco vd Walt (Edinburgh)
  11. Duhan vd Merwe (Edinburgh)
  12. Francois Steyn (Montpellier)
  13. Paul Jordaan (La Rochelle)
  14. Wandile Mjekevu (Toulouse)
  15. Scott van Breda (Jersey Reds)


My Player of the week goes to former Sharks ace Pat Lambie, who came off the bench for All Black Legend Dan Carter early in the second half against Stade Francais in the  Paris derby, was the driving force as Racing scored 21 consecutive points to secure a brilliant come-from-behind victory.

Elsewhere, South African locks seem to give me a headache each week but Grenoble helped us out by sticking Francois Uys on the flank, while Flip van der Merwe’s younger brother, Francois was brilliant for Lyon.

  1. Nathan McBeth (Scotland U20)
  2. Bismarck du Plessis (Montpellier)
  3. Marcel vd Merwe (Toulon)
  4. Francois vd Merwe (Lyon)
  5. Jandre Marais (Bordeaux)
  6. Francois Uys (Grenoble)
  7. Rynhardt Elstadt (Toulouse)
  8. Duan Vermeulen (Toulon)
  9. James Hall (Oyonnax)
  10. Pat Lambie (Racing 92)
  11. Duhan van der Merwe (Edinburgh)
  12. Frans Steyn (Montpellier)
  13. Paul Jordaan (La Rochelle)
  14. Wandile Mjekevu (Toulouse)
  15. Henry Immelman (Montpellier)

Did any #SaffasAbroad catch your eye this past weekend?

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