Peter de Villiers says he has a good idea how his team for the first Test against Wales would look like and Tonderai Chavhanga could find himself on the wing.
Stephen Nell reports in Die Burger that Stormers speedster Tonderai Chavhanga could be in with a good chance of playing for South Africa in the first rugby Test match against Wales on June 7.
The Springboks communications manager, Chris Hewitt, said on Thursday all the players at the training camp in Somerset West had been told to see the physiotherapist.
“We may struggle to get Schalk Burger fit for the series against Wales, but it seems Tonderai will be ready,” Hewitt said.
Chavhanga tore a hamstring when the Stormers beat the Hurricanes in the Super 14 competition at Newlands on April 12 but had shown such good form that he could be a leading candidate to wear the No 14 jersey against the Welsh.
Springbok coach Peter de Villiers was in charge of the Emerging Springboks last season when Chavhanga was in the team and will be aware of the damage the speedy wing can cause.
De Villiers said earlier this week that he had a good idea of what his run-on team for the first Test against Wales would look like. He added that some of the players in the training squad would be involved with this year’s Emerging Springboks.
He will announce a squad of 30 next Wednesday for the two Test matches against Wales and the one against Italy.
The names of the 26 Emerging Springboks to play in the Nations Cup tournament in Romania next month will be announced on the same day.
Polish some younger players
If the Sharks reach the Super 14 final, their top players are unlikely to be considered for the three Test matches in June.
“I initially planned to select twelve Sharks for the training camp but when they qualified for the semi-finals I had the opportunity to bring in some younger guys and to polish them for the future,” De Villiers said on Thursday.
“I never said they would be Springboks now, or even during the next two years. But I know they can be honed.
“There are a few guys who can go from here to the Emerging Springboks. They will know how things work here and we’ll be able to call on them at any time.”
The Emerging Springboks will play Georgia, Italy A and Romania. Their coach, former Springbok Chester Williams, said on Thursday he and De Villiers had spoken about which players should be available.
“I have a good idea of what my squad will look like. I am confident that we’ll do well with the players at our disposal,” Williams said.Tweet