Pienaar to join Bok squad

2012-05-28 13:21
Ruan Pienaar (File)
Durban - Coach Heyneke Meyer has confirmed that current Ulster scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar will join the Springbok squad when it gathers next week in preparation for a three-Test series against England, according to the SuperSport website.

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Pienaar was in outstanding form for Ulster this season, culminating in him being shortlisted for the European Player of the Year award.

Pienaar, who has 51 Tests to his name, will fight it out with Fourie du Preez and Francois Hougaard for the starting No 9 jersey, although Du Preez is expected to get the nod - as skipper as well - with Hougaard more likely to start on the wing.

The first Test against England starts in Durban on June 9, followed by Tests in Johannesburg (June 16) and Port Elizabeth (June 23).

Forty-two players are currently in a Springbok camp in Durban.

Forwards (22):
Coenie Oosthuizen, Tendai Mtawarira, Dean Greyling, Jannie du Plessis, Pat Cilliers, Werner Kruger, Bismarck du Plessis, Adriaan Strauss, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Flip van der Merwe, Eben Etzebeth, Andries Bekker, Juandré Kruger, Marcell Coetzee, CJ Stander, Heinrich Brüssow, Keegan Daniel, Willem Alberts, Jean Deysel, Pierre Spies, Ryan Kankowski, Josh Strauss

Backs (20):
Francois Hougaard, Jano Vermaak, Piet van Zyl, Morné Steyn, Pat Lambie, Elton Jantjies, Peter Grant, Wynand Olivier, Jean de Villiers, Juan de Jongh, JJ Engelbrecht, Bryan Habana, Bjorn Basson, JP Pietersen, Gio Aplon, Lwazi Mvovo, Akona Ndungane, Zane Kirchner, Jaco Taute, Joe Pietersen

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