Cape Town - Experienced
flank Francois Louw and the uncapped Sharks duo of S’busiso Nkosi (wing)
and Louis Schreuder (scrumhalf) were on Wednesday included in the Springbok
squad for the two remaining home matches of the 2017 Rugby
has played in 52 Tests for the Springboks and earns a recall to the squad after
missing out on the June Tests due to a shoulder injury. He underwent a shoulder
operation in May which ruled him out of the series against France.
Junior Springbok Nkosi has been a strong performer on the wing for the Sharks
in the Currie Cup to date after an impressive debut season in Super
Rugby. The 21-year-old is currently the joint top try scorer in the Currie Cup
27-year old Schreuder is included as one of three scrumhalves in the group of
30 players. The No 9, a Springbok tourist in 2013, has continued with his good
performances for the Sharks since joining the Durban-based province from
the Southern Kings before the Currie Cup.
a star in Super Rugby for the Southern Kings this year, replaces
Francois Hougaard in the only change to the squad that returned from
Australasia on Sunday.
Springbok regulars were not considered for selection because of injury.
Oosthuizen suffered a broken arm in Perth against Australia two weeks ago,
while flank Jaco Kriel sustained a shoulder injury in the same match. He
underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair the damage to his shoulder and will be
out of action for the rest of the year.
Whiteley is still recovering from his groin operation, and Frans Malherbe
(prop, neck) is also still out, while Oupa Mohoje is scheduled to return to the
playing field this weekend after spending the last month sidelined with a rib
has retained with the nucleus of the squad who have won five and drawn one of
their seven internationals so far this season, with the three additions
rewarded for their good form.
and S’bu have both performed well this season, and their inclusion gives us an
opportunity to work closely with them,” said Coetzee.
are both in-form players and are making good decisions on the field in their
respective positions. Their inclusion and exposure to this level will continue
our process of building depth in certain positions.
has been there before, but we’re excited to expose S’bu to the Springbok
environment - he is in excellent form and we are excited to work with him.”
seasoned international flank, will bring along more experience and leadership
to the team, who have been hit by long-term injuries amongst the loose forwards.
is an experienced loose forward who has always performed well for us,” said
still regarded as one of the best opensiders playing towards the ball and
forcing turnovers. He had a proper off season for the first time in a long
while, and will be a good addition to our loose forward combinations in the
absence of several players.
will also add to our leadership group and importantly for us, he still has a
burning desire to play for the Springboks.
from the New Zealand match, this squad showed progress so far this season and
the next two home matches give us more opportunities to evolve as a team, and
in particular to stay composed under pressure.”
Springbok squad will get together on Sunday in Bloemfontein, where they will be
based for the build-up to the Test against the Wallabies at the Toyota Stadium
on September 30.
The Boks tackle the All Blacks a week later, on October 7, at Newlands in Cape Town in their final match of the campaign.
30-man Springbok squad for the Tests in Bloemfontein and Cape Town:
de Jager, Ruan
du Preez, Jean-Luc
du Preez, Pieter-Steph
du Toit, Eben
Etzebeth (captain), Steven
de Allende, Elton