The most improved centre of the 2010 Currie Cup Tournament, Andries Strauss, has been called up the replace an injured Zane Kirchner. Strauss is set to join the Boks on Wednesday and will in all likelihood play on Saturday against the Barbarians.
Kirchner suffered a concussion and a mild elbow sprain in the 21-11 victory over England at the same venue this weekend and was withdrawn after 47 minutes of the match.
“We have alternatives for fullback in the squad in Gio Aplon and Patrick Lambie but are short on centres,” said Springbok coach Peter de Villiers. “Andries had a great Absa Currie Cup season for the Sharks and has played his way to this opportunity.”
The Springboks are without both of Saturday’s centres. Jean de Villiers suffered a mild groin strain in the match while Frans Steyn has returned to club duty in France. Juan de Jongh and Jaque Fourie – who had also played centre for the Springboks this season – were both unable to tour because of injury.
Of the Sharks 2010 Currie Cup Winning team, only Stefan Terblanche and Steven Sykes have not represented the Boks on this tour. All the best Andries, go make us proud!
The revised Springbok squad is:
Backs: Gio Aplon, Francois Hougaard, Adi Jacobs, Elton Jantjies, Patrick Lambie, Charl McLeod, Lwazi Mvovo, Odwa Ndungane, Andries Strauss.
Forwards: Willem Alberts, Bakkies Botha, Keegan Daniel, Jannie du Plessis, Bismarck du Plessis, Alistair Hargreaves, Ryan Kankowski, Bandise Maku, Tendai Mtawarira, Coenie Oosthuizen, Juan Smith (captain), Adriaan Strauss, CJ van der Linde, Flip van der Merwe.Tweet