Former Sharks prop BJ Botha will join the Bok tour group in Italy as cover for the injured CJ van der Linde.
Botha, who now plies his trade for Ulster in Ireland, hasn’t played for the Boks in over a year, since his decision to move overseas after the 2008 Super 14. van der Linde will remain with the squad while his injury is monitored.
That leave the following 27 players in the squad for the next two tests (* denotes current injury concern)
Beast Mtawarira, John Smit, CJ van der Linde*, BJ Botha, Wian du Preez
Bismarck du Plessis*, Adriaan Strauss
Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha, Danie Rossouw, Andries Bekker*
Hein Brussow, Schalk Burger*, Ryan Kankowski, Jean Deysel, Dewald Potgieter
Fourie du Preez, Francois Hougaard
Morne Steyn, Ruan Pienaar
Adi Jacobs, Jaque Fourie, Wynand Olivier
Bryan Habana, JP Pietersen, Jongi Nokwe