With the all-important seeding’s for the 2015 Rugby World Cup closing at the end of this year, Heyneke Meyer has decide to call on some of the Springboks who ply their trade beyond South African shores to help them in their quest to secure second place in the world rankings and thus the second easiest pool in the next World Cup.
With New Zealand having a strangle hold on the no.1 spot in the world, it is imperative that South Africa get as many IRB ranking points out of this upcoming tour as possible so as to stave of the Australian threat as it is neck and neck for second place at the moment.
Schalk Brits and Guthro Steenkamp have been recalled to the squad after both having fantastic seasons in Europe and Raymond Rhule, the Cheetahs wing, replaces the injured Bryan Habana. Habana picked up an injury in the opening minutes of the Currie Cup final on Saturday as was rules out of the tour yesterday.
Rhule joins Jano Vermaak, Franco van der Merwe, Lionel Mapoe and Arno Botha as the five uncapped players in the squad.
JP Pietersen and Chiliboy Ralepelle, both injured throughout the Rugby Championship, return to the squad which will meet in Cape Town this week to begin training camp.
Players rules out through injury are:
Coenie Oosthuizen, Bismarck du Plessis, Tiaan Liebenberg, Andries Bekker, Siya Kolisi, Jacques Potgieter, Pierre Spies, Johan Goosen, Frans Steyn and Habana. Furthermore, Schalk Burger, Juan Smith and Heinrich Brüssow
The Springboks face Ireland, England and Scotland next month and will leave for the UK on Saturday.
Springbok squad: Willem Alberts, Arno Botha, Schalk Brits, Pat Cilliers, Marcell Coetzee, Juan de Jongh, Jean de Villiers (captain), Jannie du Plessis, Eben Etzebeth, Francois Hougaard, Elton Jantjies, Zane Kirchner, Juandré Kruger, Pat Lambie, Francois Louw, Lionel Mapoe, Tendai Mtawarira, Lwazi Mvovo, Ruan Pienaar, JP Pietersen, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Raymond Rhule, Gurthrö Steenkamp, Morné Steyn, Adriaan Strauss, Jaco Taute, CJ van der Linde, Flip van der Merwe, Franco van der Merwe , Jano Vermaak, Duane Vermeulen.