Seabelo Senatla among five uncapped players for South Africa tour
Experienced squad named for Springboks' European tour, but overseas players unavailable for Wales clash in Cardiff
Heyneke Meyer has named five uncapped players in his 36-man squad for South Africa’s Castle Lager Outgoing Tour next month.
The Springboks head coach has given a chance to Robbie Coetzee, Julian Redelinghuys, Nizaam Carr, Jaco Kriel, and 21-year-old Blitzbokke star Seabelo Senatla, who was part of South Africa’s Gold medal-winning Rugby Sevens team at Glasgow 2014
There are also recalls for Cheetahs prop Coenie Oosthuizen and Racing Metro outside-half Johan Goosen.
Their first point of call is a training camp in Johannesburg before their trip to the northern hemisphere to take on Ireland, England, Italy, and Wales.
“It’s wonderful to have this kind of continuity in selection, while the five uncapped players in the squad have all been rewarded for superb form throughout the season,” Meyer said.
“Many of the selected players were at our training camp in Stellenbosch last week, where we put in a lot of very hard work.
“We will have to hit the ground running when we assemble in Johannesburg on Wednesday before we depart on what will be a challenging tour.”
The Springboks, who ended New Zealands’s unbeaten run in the last round of the Rugby Championship last month, have an experienced squad for their four-match European tour, but will lose their overseas-based players for the final match against Wales in Cardiff as it falls outside of the International Rugby Board’s Test window, as will his Wales counterpart Warren Gatland.
That means centurion Bryan Habana, the Toulon wing; Morne Steyn, the Stade Français outside-half; Gurthrö Steenkamp, the Toulouse prop; and Bakkies Botha the Toulon prop, will all head back to their clubs after their encounter with Italy on 22 November.
“The Test in Cardiff will be our second of the season which falls outside the window and as we saw in Port Elizabeth against Scotland in June, this is a great test of our depth,” Meyer said.
Ulster scrum-half Ruan Pienaar has been named in the squad, but could miss out if he fails an injury assessment on a his knee in Dublin, an injury which has kept him out of club action since that famous 27-25 win for the Boks over the All Blacks at Ellis Park in September.
South Africa squad for European tour (36):
Forwards: Bakkies Botha (Toulon), Schalk Burger (Suntory Sungoliath), Nizaam Carr (Western Province), Marcell Coetzee (Sharks), Robbie Coetzee (Goldon Lions), Lodewyk de Jager (Cheetahs), Bismarck du Plessis (Sharks), Jannie du Plessis (Sharks), Eben Etzebeth (Western Province), Jaco Kriel (Lions), Victor Matfield (Blue Bulls), Teboho Mohoje (Cheetahs), Tendai Mtawarira (Sharks), Trevor Nyakane (Cheetahs), Coenie Oosthuizen (Cheetahs), Julian Redelinghuys (Lions), Gurthrö Steenkamp (Toulouse), Adriaan Strauss (Cheetahs), Duane Vermeulen (Western Province), Warren Whiteley (Lions)
Backs: Damian De Allende (Western Province), Jean de Villiers (Western Province), Johan Goosen (Racing Metro), Bryan Habana (Toulon), Cornal Hendricks (Cheetahs), Francois Hougaard (Bulls), Patrick Lambie (Sharks), Willie le Roux (Cheetahs), Lwazi Mvovo (Sharks), Ruan Pienaar (Ulster Rugby), JP Pietersen (Panasonic Wild Knights), Handre Pollard (Bulls), Cobus Reinach (Sharks), Seabelo Senatla (SA Sevens/Western Province), Jan Serfontein (Bulls), Morne Steyn (Stade Français).
Saturday 8 November v Ireland @ Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Saturday 15 November v England @ Twickenham Stadium, London
Saturday 22 November v Italy @ Stadio Euganeo, Padua
Saturday 29 November v Wales @ Millennium Stadium, Cardiff