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Boks get the cotton wool treatment

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Springboks on 6 Oct 2014 at 09:26
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The contracted Springbok group will not be released to play Currie Cup rugby, in accordance with an agreement that was reached with their provincial unions ahead of the competition.

Instead, the group (comprising the bulk of the Rugby Championship squad) will enjoy a rare period of rest, before regrouping in a fortnight’s time for a national training camp in Stellenbosch. That camp will last from 20-24 October, with the squad for the end of year tour to be announced on the 26th of this month. The group will then convene again in Johannesburg later that week, for a pre-tour camp.

Four new players have been added to the contracted group: Victor Matfield, Cornal Hendricks, Jan Serfontein and Damian de Allende.

From a Sharks perspective, the only Bok squad members who will thus be available for Currie Cup duty are Cobus Reinach and Lwazi Mvovo, although in the case of the former, there may be an additional request from the Bok management to use him sparingly, since he is now the de facto second scrumhalf and an injury ahead of the November tour would be catastrophic.

Bok contracted group: Willem Alberts (loose forward), Marcell Coetzee (loose forward), Damian de Allende (centre/wing), Jean de Villiers (centre), Bismarck du Plessis (hooker), Jannie du Plessis (prop), JJ Engelbrecht (centre/wing), Eben Etzebeth (lock), Cornal Hendricks (wing), Francois Hougaard (scrumhalf), Siya Kolisi (loose forward), Patrick Lambie (flyhalf/fullback), Willie le Roux (fullback/wing), Victor Matfield (lock), Tendai Mtawarira (prop), Coenie Oosthuizen (prop), Jan Serfontein (centre), Adriaan Strauss (hooker), Flip van der Merwe (lock) and Duane Vermeulen (No 8).


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