Rugby

Div: Tour make or break

2009-10-31 22:37
Peter de Villiers (File)

Pretoria - Springbok coach Peter de Villiers included nine new caps in his squad to tour Europe in November as part of his long-term planning to keep the Springboks at the top of world rugby.

Blue Bulls scrumhalf Heini Adams, utility back Francois Hougaard, hooker Bandise Maku and flank Dewald Potgieter, Western Province centre Juan de Jongh, Natal Sharks lock Alistair Hargreaves, Free State Cheetahs No 8 Ashley Johnson and Griquas flank Davon Raubenheimer and fullback Riaan Viljoen are the new caps.

"We're number one in the world and we seriously want to stay there. We are looking ahead so we can stay number one for many years," De Villiers told a news conference on Saturday.

"We don't want to be caught with our pants down when the first-stringers all leave the scene at the same time. There's still life after the 2011 World Cup and we want to leave a legacy for whoever takes over.

"It will be make or break for some of these new players and I want to see whether they have reached their ceiling or whether they can still grow."

Flank Juan Smith was not considered due to injury, while centre Jean de Villiers and fullback Francois Steyn, who are playing overseas, are the other members of the victorious Tri-Nations squad who will not be on tour.

The Springboks play Tests against France in Toulouse on November 13, against Italy in Udine on November 21 and Six Nations champions Ireland in Dublin on November 28.

Squad:

John Smit (captain), Victor Matfield, Andries Bekker, Bakkies Botha, Heinrich Brüssow, Schalk Burger, Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Alistair Hargreaves, Ashley Johnson, Ryan Kankowski, Bandise Maku, Tendai Mtawarira, Dewald Potgieter, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Davon Raubenheimer, Danie Rossouw, Pierre Spies, Gurthro Steenkamp, Heinke van der Merwe, Heini Adams, Meyer Bosman, Juan de Jongh, Fourie du Preez, Jaque Fourie, Bryan Habana, Francois Hougaard, Adrian Jacobs, Zane Kirchner, Odwa Ndungane, Jongikhaya Nokwe, Wynand Olivier, Ruan Pienaar, JP Pietersen, Earl Rose, Morne Steyn, Riaan Viljoen.

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