Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
23 Sep 2013
6:02 am

Springboks recall Du Toit and De Jongh

Rudolph Jacobs

The Sharks’ loss is the Springboks’ gain as ace lock Pieter-Steph du Toit finds himself back in the national squad for the remaining two Tests of the Rugby Championship.

FILE PICTURE: Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer. Picture: AFP / Patrick Hamilton.

Du Toit and flank Marcell Coetzee, who was also included, were the Sharks’ big stars in their thumping Currie Cup win over the Cheetahs in Durban on Saturday and their presence will be sorely missed against the Lions on Friday night at Ellis Park.

Du Toit and Western Province centre Juan de Jongh have both been recalled to the squad for the home Tests against Australia this weekend at Newlands and New Zealand at Ellis Park the next weekend.

The 21-year-old Du Toit, who replaces Franco van der Merwe, was part of the squad in June but had to withdraw because of a sternum injury.

He has completed his rehabilitation and has played two full Absa Currie Cup matches for the Sharks.

“It’s great to see Pieter-Steph back in action and I have to commend the Sharks for the good work they’ve done on getting him back to full match fitness,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.

The Bok squad will start preparing for the Test against Australia in Cape Town today.