Brüssow and Muller cleared for Castle Tri-Nations away leg

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World Cup winner Johann Muller and star flanker Heinrich Brüssow were included in the Springbok squad on the away leg of the Castle Tri-Nations Series on Friday.

The pair have responded well to treatment and will be part of a 28-man party to take on Australia in Sydney on July 23 and New Zealand in Wellington a week later.

The squad includes World Cup-winning prop, CJ van der Linde, who was added as cover at the start of the week because of a number of injuries to leading front rankers. The 30-year-old DHL Western Province prop – who can play on either side of the scrum – has now been retained having trained well with the squad this week.

“Johann and Heinrich are very important to us this year and they’ll continue their rehabilitation on tour,” said Peter de Villiers, Springbok coach.

“This squad is a good blend of experienced players, with Rugby World Cup titles behind their name, and the form players from Vodacom Super Rugby, with some outstanding potential. We’ve had some good field session this week and I’m excited about this tour.

“We’ve chosen from our Rugby World Cup preliminary squad – so the players know they’re in the selectors’ thinking for the tournament. I’ve told them that this is their chance to prove that they’re ready to take their place in the final squad.”

Following the overseas leg of the Series, the Springboks host Australia in Durban on August 13 before concluding the shortened series against New Zealand in Port Elizabeth on August 20. The final Rugby World Cup squad will be named on August 23.

Castle Tri-Nations tour squad:

Player Province Caps
Backs
Gio Aplon DHL Western Province 13
Bjorn Basson Vodacom Blue Bulls 4
Juan de Jongh DHL Western Province 6
Adrian Jacobs The Sharks 32
Elton Jantjies MTN Lions
Patrick Lambie The Sharks 4
Charl McLeod The Sharks
Lwazi Mvovo The Sharks 2
Odwa Ndungane The Sharks 7
Wynand Olivier Vodacom Blue Bulls 32
Ruan Pienaar Ulster 47
Morne Steyn Vodacom Blue Bulls 25
Forwards    
Heinrich Brüssow Toyota Free State Cheetahs 13
Jean Deysel The Sharks 1
Dean Greyling Vodacom Blue Bulls
Alistair Hargreaves The Sharks 2
Ryan Kankowski The Sharks 17
Werner Kruger Vodacom Blue Bulls
Ashley Johnson Toyota Free State Cheetahs
Johan Muller Ulster 23
Coenie Oosthuizen Toyota Free State Cheetahs
Chiliboy Ralepelle Vodacom Blue Bulls 18
Danie Rossouw Vodacom Blue Bulls 54
John Smit The Sharks 102
Deon Stegmann Vodacom Blue Bulls 4
Adriaan Strauss Toyota Free State Cheetahs 9
CJ van der Linde DHL Western Province 69
Flip van der Merwe Vodacom Blue Bulls 10

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