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Schalk Brits added to Springbok squad

Hooker Schalk Brits has been added to the Springbok squad and has already joined the group in Bloemfontein, it was confirmed on Monday.

FILE: Schalk Brits of Saracens offloads the ball under pressure from Dave Ewers (6) and Henry Slade of Exeter Chiefs (R) during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Exeter Chiefs at Allianz Park on 10 May 2015 Picture: Rugbyworldcup.com

JOHANNESBURG - Hooker Schalk Brits has been added to the Springbok squad and has already joined the group in Bloemfontein, it was confirmed on Monday.

Rassie Erasmus, the Director of Rugby at SA Rugby, believes that Brits can play a similar role in the current Springbok setup such as experienced players Duane Vermeulen and Willie le Roux.

“We are busy with building experience, continuity and capacity towards the Rugby World Cup, so we want our young players rubbing shoulders with experienced players such as Duane Vermeulen and Willie le Roux,” explained Erasmus.

“I want Schalk to perform a similar role, because he has extensive inside knowledge and plenty of experience from playing for Saracens in the English and European conditions. It’s a great way for our younger guys to learn the trade of international rugby from these guys.”

The Springbok team to face England in the second Test in Bloemfontein’s Toyota Stadium will be named on Thursday.

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