Peter de Villiers has named a training squad from which the South African XV to take on a Namibian XV will be named. As the pre-Lions tour warmup match will take place on the eve of the Super 14 final, no Bulls players have been selected.
There are a number of uncapped players in the mix, with Sharks forwards Steven Sykes and Jean Deysel rewarded for some promising work in last year’s Currie Cup and this year’s Super 14. The former has been particularly impressive in the number 4 shirt for the coastal side and his call-up is testament to that. Lions scrumhalf Janno Vermaak is also there, along with a surprising selection in the form of WP centre, Morgan Newman.
Earl Rose and Wian du Preez have both been on Bok tours before, although neither has a test cap.
There is a strong Sharks contingent to the squad, with John Smit, Bismarck du Plessis and Tendai Mtawarira among the front rankers. There is no spot for Jannie du Plessis, indicating that Smit will be the tighthead. Sykes is joined by teammate Johann Muller in the second row, while Ryan Kankowski is also in the mix. Adi Jacobs, Odwa Ndungane and JP Pietersen have all been included, while there is no room for either Rory Kockott or Stefan Terblance. Ruan Pienaar and Deon Carstens were not considered due to injury.
Peter Grant and Earl Rose look to cover the flyhalf position, while Adriaan Strauss will be the backup hooker.
Here is the full squad:
Props: Wian Du Preez, Tendai Mtawarira, John Smit (capt)
Hookers: Bismarck Du Plessis, Adriaan Strauss
Locks: Andries Bekker, Johann Muller, Steven Sykes
Loose forwards: Heinrich Brüssow, Schalk Burger, Jean Deysel, Ryan Kankowski,Juan Smith
Scrumhalves: Ricky Januarie, Jano Vermaak
Flyhalves: Peter Grant, Earl Rose
Centres: Jean de Villiers, Adi Jacobs, Morgan Newman
Wings/Fullbacks: Odwa Ndungane, Jongi Nokwe, JP Pietersen