Cape Town - Southern Kings flank Chris Cloete has been drafted back into the SA ‘A’ team following Jean-Luc du Preez’s elevation to the Springbok squad.
Du Preez, who was invited to train with the Springboks at their training camp in Plettenberg Bay last week, will now remain with the squad throughout the three-Test series against France after Duane Vermeulen was forced to withdraw from the 31-man group with a shoulder injury.
Cloete, who is contracted to the Pumas but on loan to the Southern Kings for Super Rugby, is currently suspended and was replaced in the SA ‘A’ squad by Ruan Ackermann. He will now join the squad again when they get together in Durban on Wendesday, but will not be available for the first match, next Friday at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Earlier, Seabelo Senatla and Lwazi Mvovo had been drafted into the SA ‘A’ squad in place of Jamba Ulengo (injured) and Lionel Mapoe (called up to the Springbok squad) respectively.
Updated SA ‘A’ squad
Ruan Ackermann (loose forward), Lions
Ruan Botha (lock), Sharks
Uzair Cassiem (loose forward), Cheetahs
Chris Cloete (loose forward), Southern Kings
Thomas du Toit (prop), Sharks
Andries Ferreira (lock), Lions
Jason Jenkins (lock), Bulls
Wilco Louw (prop), Stormers
Franco Marais (hooker), Sharks
Ox Nche (prop), Cheetahs
Sikhumbuzo Notshe (loose forward), Stormers
Andisa Ntsila (loose forward), Southern Kings
Trevor Nyakane (prop), Bulls
Ramone Samuels (hooker), Stormers
Ruan Combrinck (wing), Lions
Lionel Cronje (flyhalf), Southern Kings
Juan de Jongh (centre), Stormers
Warrick Gelant (fullback), Bulls
Makazole Mapimpi (wing), Southern Kings
Lwazi Mvovo (wing/fullback), Sharks
Dewaldt Duvenage (scrumhalf), Stormers
Seabelo Senatla (wing), Stormers
Francois Venter (centre), Cheetahs
Jano Vermaak (scrumhalf), Stormers
Harold Vorster (centre), Lions