Exciting young talent for Springbok tour

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  • Promising players rewarded for good domestic form
  • Four uncapped players included in squad for three Tests
  • Hougaard and De Jongh injured, Vermeulen not available

Several promising young players who have shot to prominence on the domestic scene this year, have been included in the 30-man Springbok squad for the international clash against the Barbarians on 5 November at the Wembley Stadium in London.

This match is being played outside the international window and thus only South African based players could be selected. The squad for the Barbarians consists of 12 uncapped players, while the rest of the group performed duty in the recent Castle Lager Rugby Championship.

The uncapped players are Lizo Gqoboka (Vodacom Blue Bulls), Thomas du Toit (Cell C Sharks), RG Snyman (Vodacom Blue Bulls), Roelof Smit (Vodacom Blue Bulls), Jean-Luc du Preez (Cell C Sharks), Uzair Cassiem (Toyota Free State Cheetahs), Tian Schoeman (Vodacom Blue Bulls), Francois Venter (Toyota Free State Cheetahs), Rohan Janse van Rensburg (Xerox Golden Lions), Sergeal Petersen (Toyota Free State Cheetahs), Jamba Ulengo (Vodacom Blue Bulls) and Cheslin Kolbe (DHL Western Province).

Of these players, Gqoboka, Du Toit, Snyman, Du Preez, Venter and Petersen featured for the SA A team against the touring England Saxons in June.

However, the Boks have been dealt a number of injury blows with experienced players Francois Hougaard, Juan de Jongh, Francois Louw and Julian Redelinghuys, all of whom featured during the Castle Lager Rugby Championship, ruled out.

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee also explained that after discussions with Duane Vermeulen, it was decided that his conditioning is not up to international standard since his recent return from injury. He will also return to South Africa in November to be with his wife when the couple’s second child is born.

As a result, flankers Smit and Du Preez, Petersen (wing) and Venter (centre) will remain with the Springbok squad for the remainder of the Castle Lager Outgoing Tour, while the rest of the uncapped players return home after the opening match. Lock Lood de Jager is serving a one match suspension and will not be considered for the Barbarians match.

The Bok squad was further boosted with the return of Ruan Combrinck, who has recovered from the leg injury which ruled him out for most of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship, as well as the inclusion of the experienced JP Pietersen and Jannie du Plessis, both of whom were not involved in the most recent campaign.

Meanwhile, Coetzee said he is looking to working with the group of young players in the build-up to the Barbarians match.

“It is great to have such a big group of young, exciting players with us for the Barbarians match. I view this this as a great opportunity to start building for the future. The selection of many of these players are part of our road map for 2019,” said Coetzee. “They are identified as part of our succession planning going forward. Their selection in the Springbok squad is reward for their consistently good performances this year, at both Vodacom Super Rugby and Currie Cup level.

“The match against the Barbarians is a great occasion for them to show that they belong on this level. It is an opportunity to show their class on the highest level and to gain experience of international rugby.”

“My message to them would be to make it impossible for me to ignore them for future selections and to embrace this well-deserved opportunity.”

The Springbok coach added: “Francois, Jean-Luc, Sergeal and Roelof will stay behind as part of the Springbok squad for the Tests against England, Italy and Wales. It will be good for them to experience the ethos of the Springboks while on tour and with strong performances, I am sure that they will be involved on a regular basis with the Springboks in the future.

“It is also very pleasing to see the return JP and Jannie, as their experience will be vital for us, as well as Ruan, who is now fully fit again. They are welcome additions to the squad because we have a long list of injured players who are unfortunately not available for selection,” said Coetzee.

With several tightheads out injured at the moment, there is a recall for the experienced Jannie du Plessis: “We have been hit hard with injuries in that position. Frans, Julian, Coenie and a contender such as Ruan Dreyer are all injured at the moment, while several of the other experienced tightheads are playing overseas,” explains Coetzee.

The following players, who were part of Bok squads earlier this year, were not considered for the tour because of injuries: Lwazi Mvovo, Juan de Jongh, Francois Hougaard, Francois Louw, Siya Kolisi, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Frans Malherbe, Julian Redelinghuys and Scarra Ntubeni.

“Apart from those players, other experienced campaigners such as Jan Serfontein, Handré Pollard, Cobus Reinach, Marcell Coetzee, Coenie Oosthuizen and Bismarck du Plessis are also not available,” added Coetzee.

Regarding the challenge of playing in the northern hemisphere, the Springbok coach said: “We know that playing during winter in the northern hemisphere is always a huge challenge. The conditions are different and it requires an even more physical and tactical battle and all Test matches played in Europe were almost always decided by small margins in the past.”

“Yes, we have a long injury list, but we prefer to see it as an amazing opportunity for the players selected in the squad. We are looking forward to turn things around on tour against quality opposition,” said Coetzee.

Adriaan Strauss is the captain and leads both squad in his last Springbok tour before his retirement from international rugby.

The Springbok squad for the Barbarians match is:

Name Position Province/Clubs Test caps
Lourens Adriaanse Prop Cell C Sharks 4
Nizaam Carr Flank / No 8 DHL Western Province 2
Uzair Cassiem Flank Toyota Free State Cheetahs 0
Ruan Combrinck Wing Xerox Golden Lions 4
Damian de Allende  Centre DHL Western Province 20
Lood de Jager  Lock Toyota Free State Cheetahs 25
Faf de Klerk Scrumhalf Xerox Golden Lions 8
Jean-Luc du Preez Flank Cell C Sharks 0
Thomas du Toit Prop Cell C Sharks 0
Pieter-Steph du Toit Lock DHL Western Province 17
Eben Etzebeth  Lock DHL Western Province 53
Lizo Gqoboka Prop Vodacom Blue Bulls 0
Rohan Janse van Rensburg Centre Xerox Golden Lions 0
Cheslin Kolbe  Fullback / Wing DHL Western Province 0
Jesse Kriel Centre / Fullback Vodacom Blue Bulls 17
Pat Lambie Flyhalf / Fullback Cell C Sharks 53
Malcolm Marx Hooker Xerox Golden Lions 1
Bongi Mbonambi Hooker DHL Western Province 3
Oupa Mohojé  Flank Toyota Free State Cheetahs 14
Tendai Mtawarira Prop Cell C Sharks 84
Trevor Nyakane Prop Vodacom Blue Bulls 26
Rudy Paige Scrumhalf Vodacom Blue Bulls 5
Sergeal Petersen Wing Toyota Free State Cheetahs 0
Tian Schoeman Flyhalf Vodacom Blue Bulls 0
RG Snyman Lock Vodacom Blue Bulls 0
Roelof Smit  Flank Vodacom Blue Bulls 0
Adriaan Strauss Hooker – captain Vodacom Blue Bulls 63
Jamba Ulengo Wing Vodacom Blue Bulls 0
Piet van Zyl Scrumhalf Vodacom Blue Bulls 2
Francois Venter Centre Toyota Free State Cheetahs 0

 

The Springbok squad for the 2016 Castle Lager Outgoing Tour Tests against England, Italy and Wales):

 

Name  Position Province/Club Test cap
Willem Alberts  Flank Stade Français, France 41
Ruan Combrinck Wing Xerox Golden Lions 4
Damian de Allende Centre DHL Western Province 20
Lood de Jager  Lock Toyota Free State Cheetahs 25
Faf de Klerk Scrumhalf Xerox Golden Lions 8
Jannie du Plessis  Prop Montpellier, France 70
Jean-Luc du Preez Flank Cell C Sharks 0
Pieter-Steph du Toit  Lock DHL Western Province 17
Eben Etzebeth Lock DHL Western Province 53
Johan Goosen Fullback/flyhalf /Centre Racing 92, France 10
Bryan Habana Wing Toulon, France 123
Jaco Kriel Flank Xerox Golden Lions, Kubota Spears 7
Elton Jantjies  Flyhalf Xerox Golden Lions, NTT Communications 9
Steven Kitshoff Prop Bordeaux-Bègles, France 7
Vincent Koch Prop Saracens, England 7
Jesse Kriel Fullback/centre Vodacom Blue Bulls 17
Pat Lambie Fullback/flyhalf Cell C Sharks 53
Willie le Roux Fullback Canon Eagles, Japan 39
Lionel Mapoe Centre Xerox Golden Lions, Kubota Spears 9
Malcolm Marx Hooker Xerox Golden Lions 1
Bongi Mbonambi Hooker DHL Western Province 3
Franco Mostert Lock Xerox Golden Lions, Ricoh Black Rams 4
Tendai Mtawarira Prop Cell C Sharks 84
Trevor  Nyakane Prop Vodacom Blue Bulls 26
Oupa Mohojé Flank Toyota Free State Cheetahs 14
Rudy Paige Scrumhalf Vodacom Blue Bulls 5
Sergeal Petersen Wing Toyota Free State Cheetahs 0
JP Pietersen Wing / Centre Leicester Tigers 69
Roelof Smit Flank Vodacom Blue Bulls 0
Adriaan  Strauss  Hooker – captain Vodacom Blue Bulls 63
Francois Venter Centre Toyota Free State Cheetahs 0
Piet van Zyl Scrumhalf Vodacom Blue Bulls 2
Warren Whiteley Number eight Xerox Golden Lions, NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes 12

Stats and facts:

Springbok squad for the international match against the Barbarians

  • 30 Players were selected for the match against the Barbarians.
  • 12 Uncapped players in the squad
  • The most capped Springbok is Tendai Mtawarira with 84 Tests.
  • Three players have played more than 50 Test matches – Adriaan Strauss (63), Pat Lambie and Eben Etzebeth (53 Tests each).

Springbok squad for the Castle Lager Outgoing Tour:

  • 33 Players were selected for the tour to England, Italy and Wales.
  • There are four uncapped players in the squad.
  • The most capped Springbok is Bryan Habana with 123 Tests.
  • Five players have played more than 50 Test matches – Tendai Mtawarira (84), JP Pietersen (69), Adriaan Strauss (63), Pat Lambie and Eben Etzebeth (53 Tests each).
  • The average number of caps per player is 23.

 

Issued by SA Rugby Communications

 

 

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