Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
2 minute read
27 Oct 2014
1:00 pm

Five new faces in Bok tour squad

Rudolph Jacobs

Lions flanker Jaco Kriel is one of five newcomers and two returnees have been added to the bulk of the Springbok Rugby Championship squad as the national selectors opted for continuity and rewarding form in naming a 36-man squad for next month’s tour to the northern hemisphere.

Springbok wing JP Pietersen File Picture: SAPA stringer

Twenty-nine of the 36 players named for the outgoing tour were part of the Rugby Championship squad. They will be joined by the uncapped quintet of Robbie Coetzee, Julian Redelinghuys, Nizaam Carr, Jaco Kriel and Seabelo Senatla, while Coenie Oosthuizen and Johan Goosen have been recalled to the squad for the four-Test tour.

“Many of the selected players were at our training camp in Stellenbosch last week where we put in a lot of very hard work. We’ll have to hit the ground running when we assemble in Johannesburg on Wednesday before we depart on what will be a challenging tour,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.

None of the overseas-based players will be available for the final match of the tour, against Wales in Cardiff on 29 November, as it falls outside the international Test window. Ruan Pienaar’s selection is dependent on a fitness Test in Dublin next week, where he will join the squad on Sunday.

“The Test in Cardiff will be our second of the season which falls outside the window and as we saw against Scotland in Port Elizabeth in June, this is a great test of our depth,” said Meyer.

Springboks and players who have been involved with the national team before but were not considered for selection due to injury include Fourie du Preez, Schalk Brits, Callie Visagie, Frans Malherbe, Marcel van der Merwe, Flip van der Merwe, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Francois Louw, Siya Kolisi, Arno Botha, Pierre Spies and Willem Alberts. Alberts could come into consideration at a later stage during the tour.

The Springbok squad:

Forwards (20): Bakkies Botha, Schalk Burger, Nizaam Carr, Marcell Coetzee, Robbie Coetzee, Eben Etzebeth, Lodewyk de Jager, Jaco Kriel, Victor Matfield, Teboho Mohoje, Tendai Mtawarira, Trevor Nyakane, Coenie Oosthuizen, Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Julian Redelinghuys, Gurthro Steenkamp, Adriaan Strauss, Duane Vermeulen, Warren Whiteley.

Backs (16): Damian de Allende, Johan Goosen, Bryan Habana, Cornal Hendricks, Francois Hougaard, Patrick Lambie, Lwazi Mvovo, Ruan Pienaar, JP Pietersen, Handre Pollard, Cobus Reinach, Willie le Roux, Seabelo Senatla, Jan Serfontein, Morne Steyn, Jean de Villiers (capt).