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Boks announce Tri-Nations squad

The Springboks announced their squad of 27 players to travel to Australia and New Zealand for the away leg...

Springbok captain John Smit and coach Peter de Villiers during a training session in Cape Town on 7 July 2011. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

The Springboks announced their squad of 27 players to travel to Australia and New Zealand for the away leg of the Tri-Nations Series on Friday afternoon.

John Smit will win his 103rd cap against Australia in Sydney on July 23. The Boks play New Zealand in Wellington a week later.

The squad features five Rugby World Cup winners as well as six uncapped players in flyhalf Elton Jantjies, scrumhalf Charl McLeod, loose forward Ashley Johnson and props Coenie Oosthuizen, Werner Kruger and Dean Greyling. All but Greyling have appeared in non-cap matches for the Springboks.

Coach Peter de Villiers said players who performed well in the Super Rugby tournament were rewarded, but added that the long list of injuries has been critical.

"But there is a backbone of experience and it means that all our leading players will receive Test exposure this year," he added.

Twenty-one senior players were ruled out following medical assessments.

The tour squad will assemble in Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon and leave for Australia on July 15.

Castle Tri-Nations tour squad:

Player

Province

Backs

Gio Aplon

DHL Western Province

Bjorn Basson

Vodacom Blue Bulls

Juan de Jongh

DHL Western Province

Adrian Jacobs

The Sharks

Elton Jantjies

MTN Lions

Patrick Lambie

The Sharks

Charl McLeod

The Sharks

Lwazi Mvovo

The Sharks

Odwa Ndungane

The Sharks

Wynand Olivier

Vodacom Blue Bulls

Ruan Pienaar

Ulster

Morne Steyn

Vodacom Blue Bulls

Forwards

Heinrich Brüssow

Toyota Free State Cheetahs

Jean Deysel

The Sharks

Dean Greyling

Vodacom Blue Bulls

Alistair Hargreaves

The Sharks

Ryan Kankowski

The Sharks

Werner Kruger

Vodacom Blue Bulls

Ashley Johnson

Toyota Free State Cheetahs

Johann Muller

Ulster

Coenie Oosthuizen

Toyota Free State Cheetahs

Chiliboy Ralepelle

Vodacom Blue Bulls

Danie Rossouw

Vodacom Blue Bulls

John Smit (captain)

The Sharks

Deon Stegmann

Vodacom Blue Bulls

Adriaan Strauss

Toyota Free State Cheetahs

Flip van der Merwe

Vodacom Blue Bulls

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