Van der Merwe joins the Boks

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has had to call for reinforcements at lock.

The Springboks. Picture: Rugby15

CAPE TOWN - Franco van der Merwe, currently on loan with The Sharks in Super Rugby, has joined the Springbok training group in Durban due to injuries to two of the locks in the squad.

Van der Merwe joined the training squad of 38 players on Monday morning.

"Both Juandré Kruger and Flip van der Merwe are unable to take part in the field sessions, necessitating the call-up for Franco," said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.

"There are a few players carrying niggles and we will manage them accordingly, but with Juandré and Flip out, we're a bit thin at lock, which is why it was decided to bring in Franco, who has been part of a number of Bok squads since last June."

The final Springbok squad for the Castle Lager Incoming Series, involving Italy, Samoa and Scotland, will be named in Cape Town on Saturday.

"Juandré and Flip will remain with us until Tuesday morning and luckily Franco has been part of the squad before, so he slotted in easily.

We don't have a lot of time to prepare for the first Test against Italy in Durban, so to see the enthusiasm from the players at this camp, is wonderful," said Meyer.

The second Springbok training camp concludes on Tuesday when the players will return to their franchises for the final round of Super Rugby before the break for the June Test window.