Craig Burden will tour to Argentina with the Springbok Rugby Championship squad, as cover for the injured Bismarck du Plessis.
Du Plessis went off early during the Boks’ Newlands victory over Argentina and initial indications are that the knee injury he sustained will keep him out for pretty much the rest of the season.
The Boks will head for Argentina with 26 players in tow; aside from those who did duty in today’s match 22 (minus Bismarck, of course), Burden, Tiaan Liebenberg, Dean Greyling, Juandre Kruger and Jano Vermaak have all made the cut.
That leaves Siya Kolisi, Juan de Jongh and Elton Jantjies who have missed out from the original 30 man squad. They will apparently be released to play Currie Cup and may come back into the selection frame later in the year.
Forwards (15): Willem Alberts, Andries Bekker, Craig Burden, Pat Cilliers, Marcell Coetzee, Keegan Daniel, Jannie du Plessis, Eben Etzebeth, Dean Greyling, Juandré Kruger, Tiaan Liebenberg, Tendai Mtawarira, Jacques Potgieter, Adriaan Strauss, Flip van der Merwe.
Backs (11): Jean de Villiers (captain), JJ Engelbrecht, Bryan Habana, Francois Hougaard, Zane Kirchner, Patrick Lambie, Lwazi Mvovo, Ruan Pienaar, Frans Steyn, Morné Steyn, Jano Vermaak.Tweet