Du Toit, Du Preez to tour with Boks

22 Oct 16 19:53 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 9 Comments

Young Sharks forwards Thomas du Toit and Jean-Luc du Preez are among a number of uncapped players that will feature for the Springboks against the Barbarians on 4 November. Allister Coetzee has been forced into some selection gymnastics due to the fact that the first match of this year’s end of year tour falls outside the international window and he thus will not have access to any of his overseas-based players.

Coetzee has thus backed domestic form in naming a 30-man squad for that match, with ten other uncapped players (Lizo Gqoboka, RG Snyman, Roelof Smit, Uzair Cassiem, Tian Schoeman, Francois Venter, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Sergeal Petersen, Jamba Ulengo and Cheslin Kolbe) joining the two Sharks. All of the locally-based Springboks who played in the Rugby championship – apart from injured Lwazi Mvovo, Francois Hougaard and Juan de Jongh – are in the mix, while Ruan Combrinck and Nizaam Carr return from injury to take their place in the squad as well.

The 30-man squad for the Barbrians game is:

Lourens Adriaanse, Thomas du Toit, Lizo Gqoboka, Tendai Mtawarira, Trevor Nyakane, Malcolm Marx, Bongi Mbonambi, Adriaan Strauss, Lood de Jager , Pieter-Steph du Toit, Eben Etzebeth , RG Snyman, Nizaam Carr, Uzair Cassiem, Jean-Luc du Preez, Oupa Mohojé, Roelof Smit, Faf de Klerk, Rudy Paige, Piet van Zyl, Pat Lambie, Tian Schoeman, Damian de Allende , Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Jesse Kriel, Francois Venter, Ruan Combrinck, Sergeal Petersen, Jamba Ulengo, Cheslin Kolbe

The squad to stay on and contest the remainder of the tour looks as follows:

Jannie du Plessis , Vincent Koch, Steven Kitshoff, Tendai Mtawarira, Trevor Nyakane, Malcolm Marx, Bongi Mbonambi, Adriaan Strauss, Lood de Jager , Pieter-Steph du Toit, Eben Etzebeth , Franco Mostert, Willem Alberts , Jean-Luc du Preez, Oupa Mohojé, Roelof Smit, Jaco Kriel, Warren Whiteley, Faf de Klerk, Rudy Paige, Piet van Zyl, Pat Lambie, Elton Jantjies , Damian de Allende , Lionel Mapoe , Jesse Kriel, Francois Venter, Ruan Combrinck, JP Pietersen, Sergeal Petersen, Bryan Habana, Johan Goosen, Willie le Roux

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