Springbok squad to take on Wallabies named
The touring squad consists of 22 players who did duty against the World XV at DHL Newlands in Cape Town.
JOHANNESBURG - The Springbok selectors on Sunday finalised the squad of 31 players that will travel to Brisbane for the opening match of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship, next Saturday at the Suncorp Stadium against the Wallabies.
The touring squad consists of 22 players who did duty against the World XV at DHL Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday.
The only member of the match-day squad to stay behind in South Africa is Jean de Villiers, who has been released to DHL Western Province to get game time in their Absa Currie Cup warm-up matches in the next fortnight.
The players who did not feature against the World XV, but will travel to Brisbane, are Lionel Mapoe, Lwazi Mvovo, Rudy Paige, Jan Serfontein, Morné Steyn, Schalk Brits, Lood de Jager, Frans Malherbe and Heinke van der Merwe.
Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said, "I would like to give as many of our squad members as possible game time in the build-up to the Rugby World Cup, so there will be changes against the Wallabies.
"We'll re-assess the minor bumps and bruises when we get to Brisbane on Monday evening [Australian time]. It's a short week so the guys will have to find their rhythm quickly before we play what promises to be a very tough and intense Test match against Australia."
Injured players Duane Vermeulen, Willem Alberts, Frans Steyn, Fourie du Preez, Pieter-Steph du Toit and Steven Kitshoff, were not considered for the week-long tour and will continue with their individualised rehabilitation programmes.
Lood de Jager
Bismarck du Plessis
Jannie du Plessis
Teboho 'Oupa' Mohoje
Heinke van der Merwe
Damian De Allende
Willie le Roux