Springboks name training squad
Published 08/08/2010 | 19:02
South Africa have named a 29-strong training squad for a four-day camp in Johannesburg next week ahead of the home leg of the Vodacom Tri Nations.
The group includes the bulk of the squad that were on duty for the away leg of the competition, with only Andries Bekker and Ruan Pienaar unavailable due to injury.
Three players have been recalled; Cheetahs flanker Juan Smith and Sharks wing JP Pietersen, who have made successful returns from injury, and Racing Metro full-back Frans Steyn, who last played against Wales in June.
Steyn was, however, injured in a pre-season game on Friday and will undergo a scan in Paris on Tuesday to determine the extent of the injury.
Two more players who are returning from injury, Sharks hooker Bismarck du Plessis and Cheetahs flanker Heinrich Brussow, have been included in the party.
Centre Jaque Fourie is not included as he is suspended for the Test against New Zealand on August 21.
The final squad of 24 for the three home Tests will be confirmed on August 13 and will assemble in Johannesburg two days later.
The match 22 for the Test against New Zealand will be announced on August 17. The Springboks will then face Australia in Pretoria on August 28 and in Bloemfontein on September 4.
Forwards: BJ Botha (Ulster); Schalk Burger (Stormers); Jannie du Plessis (Sharks); Ryan Kankowski (Sharks); Francois Louw (Stormers); Victor Matfield (Bulls); Tendai Mtawarira (Sharks); Dewald Potgieter (Bulls); Chiliboy Ralepelle (Bulls); Danie Rossouw (Bulls); John Smit (Sharks, Captain); Juan Smith (Cheetahs); Pierre Spies (Bulls); Gurthro Steenkamp (Bulls); CJ van der Linde (Cheetahs); Flip van der Merwe (Bulls)
Backs: Gio Aplon (Stormers); Juan de Jongh (Stormers); Jean de Villiers (Stormers); Jaque Fourie (Stormers); Bryan Habana (Stormers); Francois Hougaard ( Bulls); Ricky Januarie (Stormers); Butch James (Bath); Zane Kirchner (Bulls); Wynand Olivier (Vodacom Bulls); JP Pietersen (Sharks); Frans Steyn (Racing Metro); Morne Steyn (Bulls).