Boks back on Currie Cup duty
Marcell Coetzee (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Five members of the Springboks’ 30-man Rugby Championship squad have been released to their provinces for Absa Currie Cup duty this weekend.
Franco van der Merwe (Golden Lions), Marcell Coetzee (Sharks), Juan de Jongh (WP) and Bjorn Basson (Blue Bulls) are all available to play in the Currie Cup this weekend.
De Jongh's release will no doubt amuse WP fans as he played last weekend for the Cape side against the Blue Bulls at Loftus Versfeld...
Furthermore, Piet van Zyl will also return to the Free State Cheetahs, with Fourie du Preez back in the Springbok squad for the last two home matches in the Rugby Championship.
The remaining members of the Springbok squad will gather in Cape Town on Friday, where the injury situation will be assessed. A final call on any possible changes to the squad will be made by Sunday.
The Springboks will start their on-field preparations on Monday for next Saturday’s Test against Australia at Newlands.
“We have two crucial matches ahead and we will have to work very hard if we are to keep alive our chances of winning the Rugby Championship,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer. This weekend's Currie Cup fixtures:
Friday, September 20
Western Province v Griquas - 19:10Saturday, September 21
Sharks v Free State Cheetahs - 15:00
Golden Lions v Blue Bulls - 17:05