Jaco Taute, Elton Jantjies, CJ van der Linde and and Coenie Oosthuizen have been called into the Bok squad for the home Tests …
Only two scrumhalves have been selected which means Jano Vermaak misses out. The selectors felt that Vermaak is familiar with the game plan and can easily be brought back in should his services be required.
Dean Greyling misses out after his brainfart in Dunedin but with both Oosthuizen and Van Der Linde in the squad, Meyer now has five props for two games, meaning three guys will fight for a single spot on the bench.
Still no space for Gio Aplon or Heinrich Brussow, but thankfully Francois Louw remains part of the squad, and will likely start against the Aussies as a fetcher.
Squads are easy to pick, though, it’s the match 22 that counts. Johan Goosen seems set to start, but what will Meyer do at fullback?
Zane Kirchner will stay, so the Boks now have both Taute and Pat Lambie fighting for those 4 minutes at the end of a Test match …
Is there really any point in having Morne Steyn in the squad if he is not starting? He is no impact player. Surely it would be better for him to get game time in Currie Cup and build up his confidence again?
The Bok squad:
Willem Alberts (Sharks) – 15 Test caps
Andries Bekker (Western Province) – 27
Craig Burden (Sharks) – 0
Pat Cilliers (Golden Lions) – 3
Marcell Coetzee (Sharks) – 7
Juan de Jongh (Western Province) – 10
Jean de Villiers (captain, Western Province) – 79
Jannie du Plessis (Sharks) – 37
Eben Etzebeth (Western Province) – 6
Johan Goosen (FS Cheetahs) – 2
Bryan Habana (Western Province) – 81
Francois Hougaard (Blue Bulls) – 22
Elton Jantjies (Golden Lions) – 0
Zane Kirchner (Blue Bulls) – 19
Juandré Kruger (Blue Bulls) – 5
Pat Lambie (Sharks) – 15
Tiaan Liebenberg (Western Province) – 3
Francois Louw (Bath, England) – 12
Tendai Mtawarira (Sharks) – 39
Lwazi Mvovo (Sharks) – 7
Coenie Oosthuizen (FS Cheetahs) – 1
Ruan Pienaar (Ulster, N Ireland) – 58
Jacques Potgieter (Blue Bulls) – 3
Frans Steyn (Sharks) – 53
Morné Steyn (Blue Bulls) – 41
Adriaan Strauss ( FS Cheetahs) – 16
Jaco Taute (Golden Lions) – 0
CJ van der Linde (Golden Lions) – 73
Flip van der Merwe (Blue Bulls) – 18
Duane Vermeulen (Western Province) – 2