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Bok training squad named …

Heyneke Meyer will hold a fourth and final Planning Camp in Durban from Sunday, with 42 players across all five Super Rugby franchises invited to attend.

The camp this weekend will take place on Sunday 27 and Monday 28 May. The players will depart Durban around midday on Monday and will be back with their Super Rugby franchises for training in the afternoon.

“We’ve planned it in Durban, because the Stormers take on The Sharks the day before and will be there already. Players from the Bulls, Lions and Cheetahs will fly in on Sunday morning.

“This is by no means a final Springbok squad and the door will be open for all our eligible players until the announcement of the squad that will take on England.

“This camp will put in place a number of the finer details in terms of what we want to achieve against England. We will hit the ground running on 3 June, when we converge in Durban for the first Test with a final squad.”

Players invited to the final Springbok Planning Camp in Durban on 27 and 28 May:

Forwards (22): Coenie Oosthuizen, Tendai Mtawarira, Dean Greyling, Jannie du Plessis, Pat Cilliers, Werner Kruger, Bismarck du Plessis, Adriaan Strauss, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Flip van der Merwe, Eben Etzebeth, Andries Bekker, Juandré Kruger, Marcell Coetzee, CJ Stander, Heinrich Brüssow, Keegan Daniel, Willem Alberts, Jean Deysel, Pierre Spies, Ryan Kankowski, Josh Strauss.

Backs (20): Francois Hougaard, Jano Vermaak, Piet van Zyl, Morné Steyn, Pat Lambie, Elton Jantjies, Peter Grant, Wynand Olivier, Jean de Villiers, Juan de Jongh, JJ Engelbrecht, Bryan Habana, Bjorn Basson, JP Pietersen, Gio Aplon, Lwazi Mvovo, Akona Ndungane, Zane Kirchner, Jaco Taute, Joe Pietersen.

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Author: Tank

Ex WP prop with a fair amount of experience in all things media ...

3 Comments

  1. Very happy to see Peter Grant and Joe Pietersen in the mix, even though they may not get places in the match 22. Grant especially has performed consistently well but been ignored by De Villiers. I am also very glad to see the lack of Du Preezs and Matfields among the list.

  2. 15 from the Bulls and 8 from the Stormers. As I have said all along, HM will go with what he knows. A player like Olivier must have a very good chance of being the 13 and someone like Vermaak the bench scrum half. What is interesting Tank is that you got the impression that HM has not got his capatin down in ink – I know he probably will not even make the 22, but Andries Strauss is the stand out captain of the SA teams. I would love to know what “rocket” the Lions players are on in order to be in Durban on Sunday morning

  3. Well, after my comment HM goes and offers du Preez the captaincy… Despite him not being in a training camp?? Surely he needs to be an integral part of the PLANNING process for him to be a captain??