SA Rugby’s Director of Rugby, Rassie Erasmus announced his squad of 35 players on Monday, with Marco van Staden, Cyle Brink and Willemse joining the group as uncapped players.

Captain Warren Whiteley, Eben Etzebethand Malcom Marx are back from the injury list and roaring to go!

THE BOK SQUAD!
The Springbok squad for the Castle Lager Rugby Championship in alphabetical order by name and surname, franchise/club, Test caps and points:

20 Forwards:
Cyle Brink (Loose forward, Emirates Lions, uncapped)
Jean-Luc du Preez (Loose forward, Cell C Sharks, 13, 10 – 2t)
Thomas du Toit (Prop, Cell C Sharks, 4, 0)
Pieter-Steph du Toit (Lock / Loose forward, DHL Stormers, 36, 20 – 4t)
Eben Etzebeth (Lock, DHL Stormers, 67, 15 – 3t)
Steven Kitshoff (Prop, DHL Stormers, 27, 5 – 1t)
Siya Kolisi (captain – Loose forward, DHL Stormers, 31, 20 – 4t)
Francois Louw (Loose forward, Bath, England, 57, 45 – 9t)
Wilco Louw (Prop, DHL Stormers, 7, 0)
Frans Malherbe (Prop, DHL Stormers, 19, 0)
Malcolm Marx (Hooker, Emirates Lions, 14, 15 – 3t)
Bongi Mbonambi (Hooker, DHL Stormers, 16, 5 – 1t)
Franco Mostert (Lock, Emirates Lions, 21, 5 – 1t)
Tendai Mtawarira (Prop, Cell C Sharks, 101, 10 – 2t)
Sikhumbuzo Notshe (Loose forward, DHL Stormers, 4, 0)
Marvin Orie (Lock, Emirates Lions, 1, 0)
RG Snyman (Lock, Vodacom Bulls, 3, 0)
Akker van der Merwe (Hooker, Cell C Sharks, 3, 0)
Marco van Staden (Loose forward, Vodacom Bulls, uncapped)
Warren Whiteley (No 8, Emirates Lions, 17, 15 – 3t)

15 Backs:
Lukhanyo Am (Centre, Cell C Sharks, 3, 0)
Ross Cronjé (Scrumhalf, Emirates Lions, 10, 10 – 2t)
Faf de Klerk (Scrumhalf, Sale Sharks, England, 14, 5 – 1t)
Aphiwe Dyantyi (Wing, Emirates Lions, 3, 5 – 1t)
André Esterhuizen (Centre, Cell C Sharks, 2, 0)
Elton Janjies (Flyhalf, Emirates Lions, 26, 215 – 2t, 41c, 41p)
Jesse Kriel (Centre, Vodacom Bulls, 32, 45 – 9t)
Willie le Roux (Fullback, Wasps, England, 44, 55 – 11t)
Makazole Mapimpi (Wing, Cell C Sharks, 1, 5 – 1t)
Lionel Mapoe (Centre, Emirates Lions, 12, 0)
Lwazi Mvovo (Wing, Cell C Sharks, 17, 30 – 6t)
Embrose Papier (Scrumhalf, Vodacom Bulls, 2, 0)
Handré Pollard (Flyhalf, Vodacom Bulls, 29, 246 – 3t, 42c, 46p, 3d)
Ivan van Zyl (Scrumhalf, Vodacom Bulls, 3, 0)
Damian Willemse (Flyhalf, DHL Stormers, uncapped)

Players who were not considered because of injury include Damian de Allende (DHL Stormers), Warrick Gelant, Lood de Jager, Trevor Nyakane (all Vodacom Bulls), Coenie Oosthuizen and Sbu Nkosi (both Cell C Sharks).

The squad will continue with preparations in Cape Town until Friday and following a two-day break will then reassemble in Durban next Sunday to continue with their build-up towards the Castle Lager Rugby Championship opener on 18 August against Argentina at Jonsson Kings Park. The two sides meet again a week later in Mendoza.

 

Story By: JAY J BOTES / Twitter: @jayjbotes

Source: SA RUGBY