Cape Town - The Springbok selectors on
Sunday finalised the squad of 31 players that will travel to Brisbane for the
opening match of the Rugby Championship, on Saturday at the
Suncorp Stadium against the Wallabies.
The touring squad consists of
22 players who did duty against the World XV at Newlands in Cape Town on
The only member of the
match-day squad to stay behind in South Africa is Jean de Villiers, who has
been released to Western Province to get game time in their Absa Currie Cup
warm-up matches in the next fortnight.
The players who did not
feature against the World XV, but will travel to Brisbane, are Lionel Mapoe,
Lwazi Mvovo, Rudy Paige, Jan Serfontein, Morné Steyn, Schalk Brits, Lood de
Jager, Frans Malherbe and Heinke van der Merwe.
"I would like to give as many
of our squad members as possible game time in the build-up to the Rugby World
Cup, so there will be changes against the Wallabies," said Springbok coach
"We’ll re-assess the minor
bumps and bruises when we get to Brisbane on Monday evening (Australian time).
It’s a short week so the guys will have to find their rhythm quickly before we
play what promises to be a very tough and intense Test match against Australia."
Injured players Duane Vermeulen,
Willem Alberts, Frans Steyn, Fourie du Preez, Pieter-Steph du Toit and Steven
Kitshoff, were not considered for the week-long tour and will continue with
their individualised rehabilitation programmes. The rest of the current
Springbok squad who are not on the airplane to Brisbane, will move to Pretoria
where they will continue their rehabilitation and conditioning work.
The Springbok squad that
will travel to Brisbane is:
Forwards: Schalk Brits,
Schalk Burger, Marcell Coetzee, Lood de Jager, Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du
Plessis, Eben Etzebeth, Vincent Koch, Francois Louw, Frans Malherbe, Victor
Matfield, Teboho “Oupa” Mohoje, Tendai Mtawarira, Trevor Nyakane, Adriaan
Strauss, Heinke van der Merwe, Warren Whiteley.
Backs: Damian De
Allende, Bryan Habana, Jesse Kriel, Patrick Lambie, Willie le Roux, Lionel
Mapoe, Lwazi Mvovo, Rudy Paige, Ruan Pienaar, JP Pietersen, Handré Pollard,
Cobus Reinach, Jan Serfontein, Morné Steyn.