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Meyer struggles with flyhalf selection

Boks coach says he is facing a tough decision on which flyhalf to select for the test against Italy.

FILE: Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer during the team announcement in Cape Town on 15 August 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said on Tuesday he faces a tough decision over who to select at flyhalf for next weekend's opening Test match of the season against Italy in Durban.

Pat Lambie finished the international season last year as the incumbent after Morne Steyn sat out in an effort to recover his form.

The Springboks are currently training in Durban.

Meyer said that he's been particularly pleased with the return to form of Steyn for the Bulls.

"Morne said it numerous times last year, its just a question when he'll be back. He was overplayed last year and I think it was a good thing to rest him at the end of year."

Meanwhile, Franco van der Merwe, currently on loan with the Sharks joined the Springbok training group in Durban after injuries to two of the locks in the squad.

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

"We don't have a lot of time to prepare for the first Test, 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.

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