The current run of good form by the Kings has resulted in four players catching the eye of Springbok coach Allister Coetzee as he starts his preparation for the upcoming three-Test series against France next month. Four Kings players are in his training camp to be held in Plettenberg Bay early next week. A number of injured players have also been invited, including Pat Lambie who misses the Sharks’ trip to Singapore to take on the Sunwolves after being concussed in the game against the Kings in Port Elizabeth on the weekend. The Lions scrumhalf Faf de Klerk is out of favour not only with his franchise but also the Springboks as he doesn’t crack an invitation. But his uncapped teammates Ross Cronje and Harold Vorster get a chance to impress the Bok coach. Expect a few overseas players to make the final squad, as both Frans Steyn and Bismarck du Plessis from Montpellier in France have been cleared by their club to be available for the Springboks. – David O’Sullivan
Four Southern Kings players, Chris Cloete, Andisa Ntsila, Lionel Cronje and Makazole Mapimpi, are amongst an extended group of players who have been invited to the third Springbok training camp, from May 21-23 in Johannesburg.
At the conclusion of the camp on May 23, the Springbok squad of 31 players for the Incoming Series next month against France will be announced, as well as the 26-man SA ‘A’ squad for their matches against the French Barbarians. Following next week’s announcement, the Springbok squad will gather in Plettenberg Bay from May 28 to June 4 to continue with preparations for the French series.
The latest training camp forms part of the Springboks’ preparation plans for the forthcoming international season and the squad will be based at Montecasino, Fourways. No players from the Cheetahs were included as they are on tour in New Zealand. As with the first two camps, there are also no overseas-based players amongst the training squad, adhering to Regulation 9 of World Rugby.
Next week’s final training camp in Johannesburg will give Springbok coach Allister Coetzee and his management team a last chance to have a close look at several candidates before the Bok coach announce his first official Springbok group of the year.
“As with the previous two camps, this assembly provides another chance for the coaches to cast the net wide and to have another closer look at certain positions,” explained Coetzee.
“There are again some new faces in the wider group who have shown consistently good form during Vodacom Super Rugby and the coaches are looking forward to continue with our preparations with the group. They are knocking hard on the door and will be in contention comes squad selection.
International rugby returns to the Orlando Stadium when SA ‘A’ take on a French Barbarians team led by former Les Bleus star Fred Michalak
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“We will announce the Springbok and SA ‘A’ squads after the camp and I can honestly say that there are still a number of positions up for grabs.”
During their three day stay in Johannesburg the players will undergo medical and conditioning assessments, attend gym and have a couple of field training sessions.
The SA ‘A’ squad will take on the French Barbarians in two matches, in Durban on 16 June and in Johannesburg on June 23. They will assemble on Wednesday, June 7in Durban. – Sport24
The extended Springbok squad for the training camp from May 21-23 in Johannesburg (in alphabetical order):
- Lukhanyo Am (centre, Sharks)
- Ruan Botha (lock, Sharks)
- Chris Cloete (flank, Southern Kings)
- Andries Coetzee (fullback, Emirates Lions)
- Lionel Cronje (flyhalf, Southern Kings)
- Ross Cronje (scrumhalf, Lions)
- Damian de Allende (centre, Stormers)
- Lood de Jager (lock, Bulls)
- Ruan Dreyer (prop, Lions)
- Jean-Luc du Preez (flank, Sharks)
- Thomas du Toit (prop, Sharks)
- Pieter-Steph du Toit (lock, Stormers)
- Dewaldt Duvenage (scrumhalf, Stormers)
- Eben Etzebeth (lock, Stormers)
- Warrick Gelant (fullback, Bulls)
- Lizo Gqoboka (prop, Bulls)
- Elton Jantjies (flyhalf, Lions)
- Siya Kolisi (flank, Stormers)
- Jaco Kriel (flank, Lions)
- Jesse Kriel (centre/Fullback, Bulls)
- Pat Lambie (flyhalf, Sharks)
- Dillyn Leyds (wing, Stormers)
- Frans Malherbe (prop, Stormers)
- Makazole Mapimpi (wing, Southern Kings)
- Lionel Mapoe (centre, Lions)
- Malcolm Marx (hooker, Lions)
- Bongi Mbonambi (hooker, Stormers)
- Franco Mostert (lock, Lions)
- Tendai Mtawarira (prop, Sharks)
- Sikhumbuzo Notshe (loose forward, Stormers)
- Andisa Ntsila (flank, Southern Kings)
- Trevor Nyakane (prop, Bulls)
- Coenie Oosthuizen (prop, Sharks)
- Chiliboy Ralepelle (hooker, Sharks)
- Jan Serfontein (centre, Bulls)
- Courtnall Skosan (wing, Lions)
- Jano Vermaak (scrumhalf, Stormers)
- Harold Vorster (centre, Lions)
- Warren Whiteley (No 8, Lions)