JP Pietersen and Schalk Brits will both be considered for selection for the second test against Wales on Saturday.
The Sharks wing, one of the standout players in the World Cup last year, as well as leading try scorer in the 2007 Super 14, was left out of coach Peter de Villiers’ original 30-man squad, after a poor campaign this year. Pietersen’s poor form was blamed on a lack of conditioning and he has been retained with the squad in order to work on this aspect.
Brits has also stayed with the squad ever since its announcement, despite also being outside the 30-man group, with John Smit and Bismarck du Plessis the two hookers.
With Smit unavailable for next weekend’s test against Italy, due to French club commitments, Brits will no doubt come into the selection frame. The news from the camp, though, is that both Brits and Pietersen should now effectively be considered members of an enlarged 32-man squad that will contest selection for the next two tests.
This would presumably cast a fair amount of doubt on their availability for the Currie Cup, something which potential Fantasy League managers may want to take note of.Tweet