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Sharks well represented in Bok tour squad


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Springboks, Tri Nations on 8 Jul 2011 at 15:17
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The Springbok tour squad to contest the away leg of the 2011 Castle Tri-Nations series has just been named. Sharks captain John Smit will lead a 27-man squad to the Antipodes that includes no fewer than eight other Sharks players.

The Bulls also have 9 representatives in total amongst the 27, with the Cheetahs (4), Western Province (2) , Ulster (2) and the Lions (1) providing the balance of the representatives. The side is obviously short on experience, with so many of the first-choice stars ruled out, but can count on a number of test veterans including Smit, Danie Rossouw, Johann Muller, Morne Steyn, Ruan Pienaar, Wynand Olivier and Adrian Jacobs.

Three flyhalves have been included, with Pat Lambie and Elton Jantjies both providing backup to Steyn, while both Chilliboy Ralepelle and Adriaan Strauss will provide hooking cover for Smit. With only one specialist tighthead named in Wener Kruger, the Bok captain will no doubt serve as the de facto cover in this position as well.

Bulls loosehead Dean Geryling is the only member of the tour squad who has never been on tour with the Boks, while five other players in the squad have yet to make their test debuts. Charl McLeod is the only uncapped Sharks player in the squad and as one of only two scrumhalves, looks certain to make his test debut during the course of the tour.

Castle Tri-Nations tour squad:

Player Province
Backs
Gio Aplon DHL Western Province
Bjorn Basson Vodacom Blue Bulls
Juan de Jongh DHL Western Province
Adrian Jacobs The Sharks
Elton Jantjies MTN Lions
Patrick Lambie The Sharks
Charl McLeod The Sharks
Lwazi Mvovo The Sharks
Odwa Ndungane The Sharks
Wynand Olivier Vodacom Blue Bulls
Ruan Pienaar Ulster
Morne Steyn Vodacom Blue Bulls
Forwards
Heinrich Brüssow Toyota Free State Cheetahs
Jean Deysel The Sharks
Dean Greyling Vodacom Blue Bulls
Alistair Hargreaves The Sharks
Ryan Kankowski The Sharks
Werner Kruger Vodacom Blue Bulls
Ashley Johnson Toyota Free State Cheetahs
Johann Muller Ulster
Coenie Oosthuizen Toyota Free State Cheetahs
Chiliboy Ralepelle Vodacom Blue Bulls
Danie Rossouw Vodacom Blue Bulls
John Smit (captain) The Sharks
Deon Stegmann Vodacom Blue Bulls
Adriaan Strauss Toyota Free State Cheetahs
Flip van der Merwe Vodacom Blue Bulls


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