The Springbok squad to tour Australia and New Zealand has been announced, with the anticipated inclusion of Johan Goosen and Duane Vermeulen confirmed in the squad. A surprise inclusion is that of Bath player Francois Louw, who comes into the spot left vacant by the injured Siya Kolisi. There is also a return to the squad for Juan de Jongh.
Craig Burden also gets to tour again, as third choice hooker behind Adriaan Strauss and Tiaan Liebenberg, while Keegan Daniel and JJ Engelbrecht are left behind weeks after making their first starts.
The squad of 28 players excludes Elton Jantjes, who gets to run wild in the Currie Cup campaign, while Pat Lambie clocks in more Voyager Miles by flying to the Antipodes to carry tackle bags. With the inclusion of both Vermeulen and Louw we can expect a major shuffle amongst the loose forwards.
The Springbok squad for the Australasian leg of The Castle Rugby Championship is:
Juan de Jongh
Jean de Villiers (captain)
Jannie du Plessis
Flip van der Merwe