Town - Vincent Koch has met up with
the Springboks in Port Elizabeth and is in the selection mix for Saturday's
clash against the Wallabies.
Koch was added to the squad for
the final two matches of the Rugby Championship, and he acknowledged on Tuesday
that his call-up came as a surprise.
Currently playing his rugby out
of Saracens in England, Koch's inclusion further bolsters the tighthead stocks
at the Boks.
Frans Malherbe and Wilco Louw
have been the two tightheads that coach Rassie Erasmus has backed most
throughout the Rugby Championship so far, but the inclusion of Koch makes for
an interesting selection dilemma.
Then there is still Thomas du
Toit of the Sharks and Trevor Nyakane, who is nearing a return to full fitness.
"It's a good problem to
have. I think the group of tightheads we have at the moment are world class
players," Koch said from PE on Tuesday.
"I think any coach of any
team would like to have that problem. It's a challenge, but we're all mates and
we all just want the best for each other.
"We've got to push each
other to the next level because the competition is so good, but that just
brings out the best for the player and the for the team as well.
"It's great to be back ... I
didn't really expect it. The guys and the coaches have welcomed me with open
Kick-off on Saturday is at 17:05.