The president of the South African Rugby Union, Oregan Hoskins, and Springbok coach Peter de Villiers on Saturday named a squad of 27 for the away leg of the Vodacom Tri-Nations.
Four players were added to the squad of 23 that did duty during the three home tests, in which the Springboks were unbeaten.
The four new players in the squad are Vodacom Western Province flanker Schalk Burger, Sharks loose forward Ryan Kankowski, Vodacom Blue Bulls prop Gurthrö Steenkamp and Sharks winger Odwa Ndungane. All of them were in action earlier in the year against the British & Irish Lions.
The squad departs South Africa on Monday, August 24. Their first game is on Saturday, August 29 against the Wallabies in Perth. A week later, on Saturday, September 5, they meet Australia again, this time in Brisbane, before concluding the tour in Hamilton against the All Blacks on Saturday, September 12.
The Springbok tour squad is:
John Smit –The Sharks, Captain
Victor Matfield – Vodacom Blue Bulls, Vice-Captain
Andries Bekker – Vodacom Western Province
Bakkies Botha – Vodacom Blue Bulls
Heinrich Brüssow – Vodacom Free State Cheetahs
Schalk Burger – Vodacom Western Province
Bismarck du Plessis – The Sharks
Jannie du Plessis – The Sharks
Ryan Kankowski – The Sharks
Tendai Mtawarira – The Sharks
Chiliboy Ralepelle – Vodacom Blue Bulls
Danie Rossouw – Vodacom Blue Bulls
Juan Smith – Vodacom Free State Cheetahs
Pierre Spies – Vodacom Blue Bulls
Gurthrö Steenkamp – Vodacom Blue Bulls
Jean de Villiers – Vodacom Western Province
Fourie du Preez – Vodacom Blue Bulls
Jaque Fourie – Xerox Lions
Bryan Habana – Vodacom Blue Bulls
Adi Jacobs – The Sharks
Ricky Januarie – Vodacom Western Province
Odwa Ndungane – The Sharks
Wynand Olivier – Vodacom Blue Bulls
Ruan Pienaar – The Sharks
JP Pietersen – The Sharks
Frans Steyn – The Sharks
Morné Steyn – Vodacom Blue Bulls