The Springbok squad for the Castle South Africa 2009 Lions Series was announced by South African Rugby Union president Oregan Hoskins and national coach Peter de Villiers on Monday evening at Montecasino in Johannesburg. The Emerging Springbok side was also named.
The 28-man squad includes one newcomer in Blue Bulls flyhalf Morné Steyn. The selection also marks the return to the Springbok squad of Sharks prop Deon Carstens and Blue Bulls centre Wynand Olivier, both of whom last played for the Boks in 2007.
The other uncapped squad member is Lions flyhalf Earl Rose, who toured Europe with the Springbok team in 2008 but did not play.
Sharks flyhalf Ruan Pienaar and utility back Frans Steyn, who have been recovering from injury in recent weeks, are included in the group.
The squad includes ten players from the Bulls’ victorious Vodacom Super 14 squad. No less than 25 members of the squad that toured Wales, Scotland and England at the end of last year were included again.
The Springboks will face the British & Irish Lions in three Tests- in Durban on June 20, Pretoria on June 27 and Johannesburg on 4 July.
The national selectors have also confirmed the Emerging Springbok team that will face the British & Irish Lions at Newlands in Cape Town on Tuesday, June 23. No player who has appeared for the Springboks was considered for this team.
The bulk of the squad featured for their respective franchises during the Vodacom Super 14. Former SA Schools captain, Dewald Potgieter of the Blue Bulls, will captain the Emerging Boks.
Springbok assistant coach Dick Muir will coach the team alongside assistants Jerome Paarwater and Stanley Raubenheimer.
Springbok Squad (Test caps in brackets):
John Smit – Sharks (81) – Captain, Victor Matfield -Blue Bulls (80) -Vice-Captain, Andries Bekker – Western Province (13), Bakkies Botha -Blue Bulls (55), Schalk Burger – Western Province (49), Deon Carstens -Sharks (7), Bismarck du Plessis – Sharks (21), Ryan Kankowski – Sharks (7), Tendai Mtawarira – Sharks (10), Chiliboy Ralepelle – Blue Bulls (3), Danie Rossouw – Blue Bulls (36), Juan Smith – Cheetahs (54), Pierre Spies – Blue Bulls (19), Gurthrö Steenkamp – Blue Bulls (20),
Jean de Villiers – Western Province (46), Fourie du Preez – Blue Bulls (43), Jaque Fourie – Lions (42), Bryan Habana – Blue Bulls (46), Adi Jacobs – Sharks (21), Ricky Januarie – Western Province (34), Odwa Ndungane – Sharks (3), Jongi Nokwe – Cheetahs (3), Wynand Olivier – Blue Bulls (21), Ruan Pienaar – Sharks (27), JP Pietersen – Sharks (24), Earl Rose – Lions (uncapped), Frans Steyn – Sharks (27), Morné Steyn – Blue Bulls (uncapped).
Emerging Springboks Squad:
Jacques Botes – Sharks, Jean Deysel – Sharks, Wian du Preez – Cheetahs, Werner Kruger – Blue Bulls, Patrick Cilliers – Sharks, Tiaan Liebenberg – Western Province, Bandisa Maku – Blue Bulls, Dewald Potgieter – Blue Bulls – Captain, Wilhelm Steenkamp – Blue Bulls, Steven Sykes – Sharks, Franco van der Merwe – Lions, Duane Vermeulen – Western Province
Heini Adams – Blue Bulls, Bjorn Basson – Griquas, Burton Francis – Blue Bulls, Zane Kirchner – Blue Bulls, Louis Ludik – Lions, Morgan Newman -Western Province, Earl Rose – Lions, Deon van Rensburg – Leopards, Jano Vermaak – Lions, Luzuko Vulindlu – Sharks
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