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Boks target Mujati - report

2012-11-03 09:36
Brian Mujati (Getty Images)
Cape Town - Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer is reportedly targeting tighthead prop Brian Mujati as his 32nd squad member for their European tour.

The 28-year-old Mujati, who played 12 Tests for the Boks in 2008, currently plies his trade with English club Northampton Saints.

And according to the EWN Sport website, Meyer is looking to add Mujati to his squad, which travels to Europe on Saturday.

However, whether Meyer would be allowed to pick Mujati remains a mystery. Current eligibility rules extended to selection for the national team precludes Mujati from being picked as he is not a South African passport holder and is a Zimbabwean citizen.

The South African Rugby Union (SARU) was unable to confirm as to whether team management had asked them to re-investigate whether Mujati would now be available, or indeed if they were looking at re-visiting the situation with the relevant government authorities.

Former Bok coach Peter de Villiers also looked at picking the prop ahead of last year's Rugby World Cup but was unable to do so.

Should the Boks not be allowed to utilise Mujati, Western Province tighthead Frans Malherbe is likely fill the last place in the squad.

The other props in the Bok squad are Pat Cilliers, Tendai Mtawarira, CJ van der Linde, Gurthrö Steenkamp and Jannie du Plessis.

The Springboks play Ireland on November 10 in Dublin, Scotland a week later in Edinburgh before concluding their tour against England in London on November 24.


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