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Taute, Jantjies get Bok call at last

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks, The Rugby Championship on 23 Sep 2012 at 09:54
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There was further good news for the Lions last night, as three of their players, including uncapped backline stars Jaco Taute and Elton Jantjies, were included in a slightly enlarged 30-man Springbok squad to take on the Wallabies and All Blacks over the next fortnight.

Along with the pair, veteran prop CJ van der Linde had also been recalled, as has fit-again Cheetahs counterpart Coenie Oosthuizen, who sustained a neck injury during the mid-year test series against England. This bolstering of the front-row stocks sees suspended Bulls loosehead Dean Greyling make way, while Western Province’s Frans Malherbe, who was called up to join the tour in New Zealand as emergency cover, has also been omitted.

The decision to only include two scrumhalves (yet, oddly, four flyhlaves) sees Jano Vermaak also left out, but all other players released for Currie Cup duty this week, namely Lwazi Mvovo, Craig Burden and Jacques Potgieter have been recalled, along with Francois Louw, who made a whirlwind return to the UK to play for Bath this weekend.

Here is the Springbok squad for the home Rugby Championship matches against Australia and New Zealand:

Willem Alberts (The Sharks) – 15 Test caps
Andries Bekker (DHL Western Province) – 27
Craig Burden (The Sharks) – 0
Pat Cilliers (MTN Golden Lions) – 3
Marcell Coetzee (The Sharks) – 7
Juan de Jongh (DHL Western Province) – 10
Jean de Villiers (captain, DHL Western Province) – 79
Jannie du Plessis (The Sharks) – 37
Eben Etzebeth (DHL Western Province) – 6
Johan Goosen (Toyota FS Cheetahs) – 2
Bryan Habana (DHL Western Province) – 81
Francois Hougaard (Vodacom Blue Bulls) – 22
Elton Jantjies (MTN Golden Lions) – 0
Zane Kirchner (Vodacom Blue Bulls) – 19
Juandré Kruger (Vodacom Blue Bulls) – 5
Pat Lambie (The Sharks) – 15
Tiaan Liebenberg (DHL Western Province) – 3
Francois Louw (Bath, England) – 12
Tendai Mtawarira (The Sharks) – 39
Lwazi Mvovo (The Sharks) – 7
Coenie Oosthuizen (Toyota FS Cheetahs) – 1
Ruan Pienaar (Ulster, N Ireland) – 58
Jacques Potgieter (Vodacom Blue Bulls) – 3
Frans Steyn (The Sharks) – 53
Morné Steyn (Vodacom Blue Bulls) – 41
Adriaan Strauss (Toyota FS Cheetahs) – 16
Jaco Taute (MTN Golden Lions) – 0
CJ van der Linde (MTN Golden Lions) – 73
Flip van der Merwe (Vodacom Blue Bulls) – 18
Duane Vermeulen (DHL Western Province) – 2


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