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S’bura’s Bok nod

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Springboks on 19 May 2014 at 11:28
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Cell C Sharks centre S’bura Sithole has been rewarded for a great Super Rugby campaign to date by being included in Bok coach Heyneke Meyer’s 36-man squad, for a training camp to be held in Durban later this month.

The squad, which includes on Fourie du Preez out of a slew of foreign-based players, nonetheless provides some strong hints as to which players have impressed the Bok coach so far in 2014 and will now come strongly into the reckoning for squad places when the final squad for the June internationals is named.

The big news will be the return of Heinrich Brüssow; the Cheetahs flanker was a mainstay under former coach Peter de Villiers, but has now been included for the first time in a Bok squad convened by Meyer. Schalk Burger and Victor Matfield also return after long spells out, but their inclusions are perhaps less surprising.

Sithole is one of a handful of uncapped players invited to attend. Cheetahs forwards Lood de Jager and Teboho Mohoje are there, as are the Bulls pair of Marcel van der Merwe and Jacques du Plessis. New faces at the back are Lions flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff, Stormers centre Damian de Allende, Cheetahs wing (and former Blitzbok) Cornall Hendricks and Sithole.

The Sharks are otherwise well-represented, with only Lourens Adriaanse falling out of the frame (after making his test debut late last year). Beast Mtawarira, Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Marcell Coetzee, Willem Alberts, Frans Steyn, JP Pietersen, Sithole and Lwazi Mvovo comprise a 9-strong contingent. The Cheetahs also have 9 players in the squad, the Stormers and Bulls 8 each.

Meanwhile, SARU have revealed that Jaque Fourie has sustained a serious ankle injury which is likely to curtail his test participation during June.

The 36-man Springbok training squad is:

Forwards (20): Tendai Mtawarira (Cell C Sharks), Trevor Nyakane (Toyota Cheetahs), Marcel van der Merwe (Vodacom Bulls)*, Jannie du Plessis (Cell C Sharks), Frans Malherbe (DHL Stormers), Coenie Oosthuizen (Toyota Cheetahs), Bismarck du Plessis (Cell C Sharks), Adriaan Strauss (Toyota Cheetahs), Eben Etzebeth (DHL Stormers), Lood de Jager (Toyota Cheetahs)*, Victor Matfield (Vodacom Bulls), Flip van der Merwe (Vodacom Bulls), Heinrich Brüssow (Toyota Cheetahs), Marcell Coetzee (Cell C Sharks), Siya Kolisi (DHL Stormers), Willem Alberts (Cell C Sharks), Jacques du Plessis (Vodacom Bulls)*, Teboho Mohoje (Toyota Cheetahs)*, Duane Vermeulen (DHL Stormers), Schalk Burger (DHL Stormers).

Backs (16): Fourie du Preez (Suntory, Japan), Francois Hougaard (Vodacom Bulls), Johan Goosen (Toyota Cheetahs), Marnitz Boshoff (Lions)*, Jean de Villiers (DHL Stormers), Damian De Allende (DHL Stormers)*, Jan Serfontein (Vodacom Bulls), Juan de Jongh (DHL Stormers), JJ Engelbrecht (Vodacom Bulls), S’bura Sithole (Cell C Sharks)*, Frans Steyn (Cell C Sharks), Lwazi Mvovo (Cell C Sharks), Bjorn Basson (Vodacom Bulls), JP Pietersen (Cell C Sharks), Cornal Hendricks (Toyota Cheetahs)*, Willie le Roux (Toyota Cheetahs).

* uncapped.


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