Adi Jacobs has been called up to the Bok tour squad as a precautionary measure and may well go on tour, depending on the fitness of other centres in the squad.
Both Jean de Villiers and Juan de Jongh are in doubt for the tour following groin and ankle injuries respectively, sustained during Saturday’s Currie Cup final. De Jongh was replaced during the first half, while de Villiers was forced to soldier on despite his injury, which may go some way to explaining an uncharacteristically lacklustre display from the veteran inside centre.
Another Province back, scrum half Ricky Januarie, lasted just 20 minutes of the final and he has already been confirmed as the tour party’s first casualty. No replacement has yet been named, although it is possible that another scrumhalf will be added to the group following a general squad fitness assessment tomorrow. Jacobs, who is today en route to Johannesburg to join up with the squad, will also learn his fate after this assessment.
The tour group is as follows:
Props: Beast Mtawarira (Sharks), Jannie du Plessis (Sharks), Coenie Oosthuizen (Cheetahs)*, CJ van der Linde (Cheetahs)
Hookers: Bismarck du Plessis (Sharks), Adriaan Strauss (Cheetahs), Chilliboy Ralepelle (Bulls)
Locks: Victor Matfield (Bulls, Captain), Bakkies Botha (Bulls), Flip van der Merwe (Bulls), Alistair Hargreaves (Sharks)
Loose Forwards: Schalk Burger (WP), Juan Smith (Cheetahs, Vice Captain), Pierre Spies (Bulls), Ryan Kankowski (Sharks), Keegan Daniel (Sharks)*, Willem Alberts (Sharks)*
Scrumhalves: Francois Hougaardt (Bulls), Ruan Pienaar (Ulster)
Flyhalves: Morne Steyn (Bulls), Patrick LAmbie (Sharks)*, Elton Jantjies (Lions)*
Centres: Jean de Villiers (WP), Jean de Jongh (WP), Adrian Jacobs (Sharks)**
Outside Backs: Gio Aplon (WP), Bryan Habana (WP), Lwazi Mvovo (Sharks)*, Bjorn Basson (Griquas), Francois Steyn (Racing Metro)
* indicates uncapped player
** indicates provisional squad member