Springbok coach Peter de Villiers on Monday named 11 Sharks who will join his national squad at their training base in Somerset West, bringing up to 47 the number of players who are in camp ahead of the two-Test series against Wales next month.
Steve Farrell of Rugby 365 reports that the squad will be reduced to 30 on Wednesday, with the rest of the players likely to make up the bulk of the Emerging Springbok squad for the International Rugby Board (IRB) Nations Cup tournament in Romania next month.
On Monday De Villiers revealed that BJ Botha, Bismark du Plessis, Adi Jacobs, Ryan Kankowski, JP Pietersen, Tendai Mtawarira, Johann Muller, Waylon Murray, Ruan Pienaar, Francois Steyn and Odwa Ndungane all joined the squad.
They had travelled directly from Sydney, where they lost 13-28 to the Waratahs in the Super 14 semifinal, to Somerset West to join up with the Bok training squad.
The large contingent of Sharks players in the squad come despite what was probably the Durban-based franchise’s worst performance of the season.
However, De Villiers decided not punish them on Monday by omitting them from his national training squad.
Their arrival follows the departure – at the weekend – of injured players like Heini Adams, Jaque Fourie, Zane Kirchner, Fourie du Preez, Wikus van Heerden and Duanne Vermeulen.
Schalk Burger, who lives fairly nearby to where the Springboks are based, will travel with the squad to Bloemfontein for the June 7 Test as a spectator.
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