A host of Sharks players have made the Springbok squad, with Marcell Coetzee the only debutant.
The forward selection was dominated by the men in black and white, with Beast Mtawarira, Bismarck and Jannie du Plessis, Willem Alberts, Keegan Daniel and Ryan Kankowski joining Coetzee. Amongst the backs, Pat Lambie, Lwazi Mvovo, JP Pietersen and Frans Steyn complete the Sharks contingent.
Fourie du Preez and Heinrich Brussow were shock omissions, whilst the inclusion of the Lions’ Franco van der Merwe and the Bulls’ Jacques Potgieter and Jano Vermaak were unexpected.
No captain has yet been announced, but Jean de Villiers must surely be the clear frontrunner.
Jean de Villiers
Bismarck du Plessis
Jannie du Plessis
Flip van der Merwe
Franco van der Merwe