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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.

FILE: The Springboks train at Cape Town Stadium on 1 June 2015. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

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.

Forwards:

Schalk Brits

Schalk Burger

Marcell Coetzee

Lood de Jager

Bismarck du Plessis

Jannie du Plessis

Eben Etzebeth

Vincent Koch

Francois Louw

Frans Malherbe

Victor Matfield

Teboho 'Oupa' Mohoje

Tendai Mtawarira

Trevor Nyakane

Adriaan Strauss

Heinke van der Merwe

Warren Whiteley

Backs:

Damian De Allende

Bryan Habana

Jesse Kriel

Patrick Lambie

Willie le Roux

Lionel Mapoe

Lwazi Mvovo

Rudy Paige

Ruan Pienaar

JP Pietersen

Handré Pollard

Cobus Reinach

Jan Serfontein

Morné Steyn