Cape Town - A group of 38 players, featuring eight players who were not part of the
first camp, will assemble in Durban for the second Springbok training
camp before the final squad for the Incoming Series is
named early next month.
The players who were not part of the first training camp in Cape Town in
April are: Gio Aplon (Stormers, wing/fullback), the Cheetahs’ trio of Trevor Nyakane (prop), Lappies Labuschagne (loose
forward) and Willie le Roux (fullback/wing), Bulls duo of JJ
Engelbrecht (centre/wing) and Lionel Mapoe (wing/centre), Wiehahn Herbst
(Sharks, prop) and Demetri Catrakilis (Kings, flyhalf).
Seven injured players, who were part of Springbok squads in 2012, were
not considered for selection as they will not be fit to play in June.
They are JP Pietersen, Jaco Taute, Frans Steyn, Johan Goosen, Duane
Vermeulen, Pat Cilliers and Frans Malherbe. Furthermore Andries Bekker,
who is not available due to club commitments later this season in Japan,
wasn’t considered for selection.
Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said he was impressed with the form of a
number of the country’s top players, despite concerns about the high
number of injuries to key players.
“It looks like most of the guys are improving weekly and a few new
players have put up their hands, which is good to see with the first
Test only a few weeks away,” said Meyer.
“We’ve also been very impressed with the form shown by a number of
players since we were together in April. This camp will provide us with a
great opportunity to work with these players before the squad for the
Castle Lager Incoming Series is finalised.
“Overseas-based players were not considered for this camp as some of
them are still playing in their respective finals this coming weekend.
They are at the end of their seasons and need a well-deserved break
before the start of the series.”
The training squad will assemble in Durban on Sunday, a day after the
highly anticipated Super Rugby derby between Sharks and the
Bulls at Kings Park. All five South African franchises are in
action on Saturday, May 25 - the Kings host the Cheetahs
in Port Elizabeth and the Stormers take on the Reds in Cape Town.
Players invited to the second Springbok training camp of 2013:
Tendai Mtawarira, Trevor Nyakane, Jannie du Plessis,
Coenie Oosthuizen, Wiehahn Herbst, Adriaan Strauss, Bismarck du Plessis,
Chiliboy Ralepelle, Eben Etzebeth, Flip van der Merwe, Juandré Kruger,
Pieter-Steph du Toit, Siya Kolisi, Marcell Coetzee, Willem Alberts, Arno
Botha, Lappies Labuschagne, Pierre Spies, Ryan Kankowski
Jano Vermaak, Francois Hougaard, Pat Lambie, Morné
Steyn, Elton Jantjies, Demetri Catrakilis, Jean de Villiers, Juan de
Jongh, Jan Serfontein, Robert Ebersohn, JJ Engelbrecht, Bryan Habana,
Lwazi Mvovo, Raymond Rhule, Lionel Mapoe, Bjorn Basson, Gio Aplon, Zane
Kirchner, Willie le Roux
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