Cape Town - The Stormers boast the most players in the first
Springbok squad of the year named by new coach Allister Coetzee.
Coetzee on Saturday named a 31-man squad for the upcoming
three-Test series against Ireland in June.
The Stormers have not exactly set the world alight with
their performances in Super Rugby this year, but it was still enough for nine
of their players to crack the nod in Coetzee’s squad.
The Lions, currently South Africa’s best team, have seven
players in the squad, followed by the Sharks (6 players), Bulls (5) and Cheetahs (1).
There are also three overseas-based players in Duane Vermeulen
(Toulon, France), Steven Kitshoff (Bordeaux, France) and Francois Louw (Bath,
The Springboks play Ireland in Cape Town (June 11),
Johannesburg (June 18) and Port Elizabeth (June 25).
Forwards (17): Pieter-Steph du Toit, Eben Etzebeth, Siya
Kolisi, Frans Malherbe, Bongi Mbonambi, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Scarra Ntubeni
(Stormers), Jaco Kriel, Julian Redelinghuys, Warren Whiteley (Lions), Trevor
Nyakane, Adriaan Strauss (Bulls), Lood de Jager (Cheetahs), Steven Kitshoff
(Bordeaux/FRA), Francois Louw (Bath/ENG), Tendai Mtawarira (Sharks), Duane
Backs (14): Garth April, Patrick Lambie, Lwazi Mvovo, JP
Pietersen, Wille le Roux (Sharks), Ruan Combrinck, Faf de Klerk, Elton Jantjies,
Lionel Mapoe (Lions), Jesse Kriel, Rudy Paige, Jan Serfontein (Bulls), Damian
de Allende, Nic Groom (Stormers)