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Trio earn Springboks call


Odwa Ndungane

Odwa Ndungane

Odwa Ndungane

South Africa have called up three players to their depleted squad for the final two matches of their northern hemisphere tour.

Head coach Peter de Villiers this week lost Bryan Habana to a hand injury, while Bjorn Basson and Chiliboy Ralepelle are the subject of suspensions imposed following positive tests for a banned stimulant.

Wing Odwa Ndungane, hooker Bandise Maku and uncapped scrum-half Charl McLeod will join the Springboks squad in London on Sunday to prepare for the matches with England and the Barbarians.

"I called the players to let them know the good news and they're all really excited to be joining us," said De Villiers, whose side take on Scotland on Saturday.

"I considered calling them in this week but with all the other disruptions I thought it'd be better to focus as much as we could on what is a very important Test against Scotland.

"They can start with us fresh on Monday morning at the beginning of a new Test week."

Ndungane won the last of his seven caps against Wales in June, Maku made his Test debut as a replacement against Italy in the same month, while McLeod is included in the squad for the first time after a successful Currie Cup season with The Sharks.