The news of the preliminary 39 man Springbok squad for an upcoming two day training camp has understandably been overshadowed by the Currie Cup semi finals being played tonight.
Good news for Sharks players is the inclusions of uncapped players in Pat Lambie and Lwazi Mvovo among the backs as well as Willem Alberts and Gerhard Mostert in the forwards.
Other Sharks players in the preliminary squad are: Adi Jacobs, JP Pieteresen, Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Alistair Hargreaves, Ryan Kankowski and Tendai Mtawarira.
Other notable inclusions (for altogether different reasons) are Victor Matfield who probably needs a break more than anything and the exciting prospect of Elton Jantjies.
The full preliminary training squad is as follows:
Backs: Gio Aplon (Western Province), Bjorn Basson (Griquas), Juan de Jongh, Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana (all Western Province), Francois Hougaard (Blue Bulls), Adrian Jacobs (Sharks), Elton Jantjies (Lions), Ricky Januarie (Western Province), Zane Kirchner (Blue Bulls), Patrick Lambie, Lwazi Mvovo (both Sharks), Wynand Olivier (Blue Bulls), JP Pietersen (Sharks), Morne Steyn (Blue Bulls).
Forwards: Willem Alberts (Sharks), Bakkies Botha (Blue Bulls), Schalk Burger (Western Province), Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis (both Sharks), Dean Greyling (Blue Bulls), Alistair Hargreaves (Sharks), Ashley Johnson (Free State Cheetahs), Ryan Kankowski (Sharks), Werner Kruger, Victor Matfield (both Blue Bulls), Gerhard Mostert, Tendai Mtawarira (both Sharks), Coenie Oosthuizen (Free State Cheetahs), Dewald Potgieter, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Danie Rossouw (all Blue Bulls), Juan Smith, Adriaan Strauss (Free State Cheetahs), Pierre Spies, Deon Stegman (both Blue Bulls), CJ van der Linde (Free State Cheetahs), Flip van der Merwe (Blue Bulls), Duane Vermeulen (Western Province).
This squad certainly makes for interesting reading and I’m sure it will provide much food for thought in the two weeks between now and the Currie cup final. What do Sharksworld readers think, who should have been left out and who was unlucky not to make the first cut?Tweet