Preliminary Springbok Rugby World Cup squad named

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Twenty-one Rugby World Cup winners were among a preliminary Springbok squad of 49 players named for the 2011 tournament by the South African Rugby Union (SARU) on Monday. The final Rugby World Cup squad of 30 will be named on August 23.

The names were submitted to the International Rugby Board as part of a requirement of Rugby World Cup planning. However, the list is not definitive and the final squad can include players from outside the initial group.

Rugby World Cup-winning 2007 captain John Smit and vice-captain Victor Matfield were joined by 19 other members of the World Cup winners of four years ago in coach Peter de Villiers’ preliminary squad or 49.

“I’m very happy with the squad,” said De Villiers. “We have got a good blend of youth and experience as well as including some uncapped players who have forced their way into contention for selection with their performances in Super Rugby.

“Our planning is at an advanced stage for the international season and the vast majority of these players have attended one or both of our planning camps.

“Our Castle Tri-Nations squad will be drawn from this group once we have been able to sort out those players who are carrying injuries at the end of the Vodacom Super Rugby competition.”

Newcomers to a Springbok squad naming in 2011 are Vodacom Bulls loosehead prop Dean Greyling and the Ulster duo of Johann Muller (lock) and BJ Botha (tighthead prop).

As well as 21 World Cup winners, the squad includes six uncapped players and four whom are based with European clubs.

The Springbok squad for the Castle Tri-Nations will be named on July 2 or 9 (depending on South African involvement in the Vodacom Super Rugby final).

Preliminary Rugby World Squad (in alphabetical order)

Player Province Caps Test points Previous RWCs
Willem Alberts The Sharks 3 15 (3 tries)
Gio Aplon DHL Western Province 13 15 (3 tries)
Bjorn Basson Vodacom Blue Bulls 4 0
Andries Bekker DHL Western Province 24 5 (1 try)
Bakkies Botha Vodacom Blue Bulls 72 35 (7 tries) 2
BJ Botha Ulster 25 5 (1 try) 1
Heinrich Brüssow Toyota Free State Cheetahs 13 5 (1 try)
Schalk Burger DHL Western Province 63 65 (13 tries) 2
Juan de Jongh DHL Western Province 6 5 (1 try)
Jean de Villiers DHL Western Province 67 95 (19 tries) 1
Bismarck du Plessis The Sharks 36 25 (5 tries) 1
Jannie du Plessis The Sharks 24 5 (1 try) 1
Fourie du Preez Vodacom Blue Bulls 55 65 (13 tries) 1
Jaque Fourie DHL Western Province 62 150 (30 tries) 2
Dean Greyling Vodacom Blue Bulls
Bryan Habana DHL Western Province 68 190 (38 tries) 1
Alistair Hargreaves The Sharks 2 0
Francois Hougaard Vodacom Blue Bulls 8 0
Adrian Jacobs The Sharks 32 35 (7 tries)
Butch James MTN Golden Lions 40 148 (3t, 26c, 26p, 1dg) 1
Elton Jantjies MTN Golden Lions
Enrico Januarie DHL Western Province 47 25 (5 tries) 1
Ashley Johnson Toyota Free State Cheetahs
Ryan Kankowski The Sharks 17 5 (1 try)
Zane Kirchner Vodacom Blue Bulls 14 5 (1 try)
Werner Kruger Vodacom Blue Bulls
Patrick Lambie The Sharks 4 2 (1 c)
Francois Louw DHL Western Province 7 10 (2 tries)
Victor Matfield Vodacom Blue Bulls 105 35 (7 tries) 2
Tendai Mtawarira The Sharks 26 5 (1 try)
Johann Muller Ulster 23 0 1
Lwazi Mvovo The Sharks 2 5 (1 try)
Odwa Ndungane The Sharks 7 10 (2 tries)
Wynand Olivier Vodacom Blue Bulls 32 5 (1 try) 1
Coenie Oosthuizen Toyota Free State Cheetahs
Ruan Pienaar Ulster 47 107 (6t, 13c, 17p) 1
JP Pietersen The Sharks 36 60 (12 tries) 1
Chiliboy Ralepelle Vodacom Blue Bulls 18 0
Danie Rossouw Vodacom Blue Bulls 54 40 (8 tries) 2
John Smit The Sharks 102 30 (6 tries) 2
Juan Smith Toyota Free State Cheetahs 69 60 (12 tries) 2
Pierre Spies Vodacom Blue Bulls 40 35 (7 tries)
Gurthrö Steenkamp Vodacom Blue Bulls 31 25 (5 tries) 1
Deon Stegmann Vodacom Blue Bulls 4 0
Frans Steyn Racing Metro 42 97 (6t, 5c, 16p, 3dg) 1
Morné Steyn Vodacom Blue Bulls 25 322 (4t, 37c, 71p, 5dg)
Adriaan Strauss Toyota Free State Cheetahs 9 0
Flip van der Merwe Vodacom Blue Bulls 10 5 (1 try)
Duane Vermeulen DHL Western Province

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