Rugby Championship

Goosen set for starting role

2012-09-23 14:57
Johan Goosen (Getty Images)
Cape Town - Cheetahs pivot Johan Goosen looks likely to start at flyhalf for the Springboks in their next Rugby Championship Test against Australia.

Rapport reported on Sunday that Goosen is expected to be included ahead of the struggling Morné Steyn for Saturday's Test at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.

Bok coach Heyneke Meyer on Saturday also included Lions flyhalf Elton Jantjies as the third No 10 in the squad. However, despite the in-form Jantjies's presence, Steyn is still expected to be included on the bench against the Wallabies.

Steyn's poor goal-kicking cost the Springboks dearly in their last Test against the All Blacks in Dunedin, which the Boks lost 21-11 despite dominating much of the game.

Other additions to the 30-man Bok squad were Lions utility back Jaco Taute and props CJ van der Linde and Coenie Oosthuizen.

The clash at Loftus kicks off at 17:00 on Saturday, with the Boks concluding their Rugby Championship campaign the next week against the All Blacks in Soweto.

The Springbok squad for the Rugby Championship Tests against Australia and New Zealand in South Africa:

Willem Alberts (Sharks) - 15 Test caps
Andries Bekker (Western Province) - 27
Craig Burden (Sharks) - 0
Pat Cilliers (Golden Lions) - 3
Marcell Coetzee (Sharks) - 7
Juan de Jongh (Western Province) - 10
Jean de Villiers (captain, Western Province) - 79
Jannie du Plessis (Sharks) - 37
Eben Etzebeth (Western Province) - 6
Johan Goosen (FS Cheetahs) - 2
Bryan Habana (Western Province) - 81
Francois Hougaard (Blue Bulls) - 22
Elton Jantjies (Golden Lions) - 0
Zane Kirchner (Blue Bulls) - 19
Juandré Kruger (Blue Bulls) - 5
Pat Lambie (Sharks) - 15
Tiaan Liebenberg (Western Province) - 3
Francois Louw (Bath, England) - 12
Tendai Mtawarira (Sharks) - 39
Lwazi Mvovo (Sharks) - 7
Coenie Oosthuizen (FS Cheetahs) - 1
Ruan Pienaar (Ulster, N Ireland) - 58
Jacques Potgieter (Blue Bulls) - 3
Frans Steyn (Sharks) - 53
Morné Steyn (Blue Bulls) - 41
Adriaan Strauss ( FS Cheetahs) - 16
Jaco Taute (Golden Lions) - 0
CJ van der Linde (Golden Lions) - 73
Flip van der Merwe (Blue Bulls) - 18
Duane Vermeulen (Western Province) - 2

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