Rugby Championship

Bok invite for promising trio

2014-09-22 07:12
Seabelo Senatla (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The promising trio of Nizaam Carr, Seabelo Senatla and Lizo Gqoboka have been invited to join the Springbok squad for on and off-field sessions in Cape Town in the next three days.

The Springboks start their preparations for the final two matches in the Rugby Championship in Cape Town on Monday morning.

“They are three promising young players we’ve identified and we’d like to expose them to the Springbok ethos while also having a look at what they can do in training,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.

“Lizo has never played Super Rugby and Seabelo has limited exposure to rugby at that level after making a massive impact for the Springbok Sevens team.

“In the last three years we’ve often had young players train with us. Four members of the Young Guns squad in 2012 have gone on to play Test rugby in Frans Malherbe, Siya Kolisi, Arno Botha and Piet van Zyl, while we’ve also invited Jesse Kriel and Tera Mtembu to training sessions earlier this season.

“Although these players are not formally part of the Springbok squad, they get to experience what it takes at the top level and we get to work with them, even if it’s only for one or two sessions.”

The 21-year-old Springbok Sevens star Senatla, who has been a revelation since making his Currie Cup debut for Western Province this season but is currently returning from an injury, will spend the next three days in the Springbok camp but will not take part in any field sessions.

Carr, 23, whose versatility as a loose forward has seen him become a fixture for the Stormers and Western Province this season, will train with the Springboks on Monday afternoon.

EP Kings loosehead prop Gqoboka, who is 24 years old, will join the Springbok squad for the day on Wednesday. He has impressed in his first season of Currie Cup Premier Division rugby.

“We know the provinces are in the middle of a rigorous Absa Currie Cup campaign and we appreciate their assistance in granting Nizaam, Seabelo and Lizo the opportunity to work with us. We are planning to do the same in Johannesburg next week,” said Meyer.

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