Fly-half Handré Pollard and centre Damian de Allende are amongst seven Springboks released to play in the Currie Cup this coming weekend, it was confirmed on Monday.
The Springbok duo will join utility back Dillyn Leyds, prop Wilco Louw (both Western Province), hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle, loose forward Dan du Preez (both Sharks) and scrum-half Rudy Paige (Blue Bulls) in Currie Cup action for their respective provinces this weekend.
Pollard came on as a second-half replacement for the Springboks against the All Blacks on Saturday in Albany, his first Test appearance since the 2015 Rugby World Cup. He has struggled with an ankle injury for the most part of the season, which limited his playing time.
De Allende has been a member of the national squad this year but he too has seen limited action behind the Springboks’ preferred centre pairing of Jan Serfontein and Jesse Kriel.
Meanwhile, the Springboks arrived home on Sunday evening from their two away matches in Australia and New Zealand. The squad will reassemble on Sunday in Bloemfontein for their next home match, against the Wallabies, at Toyota Stadium on Saturday, 30 September.
The Boks will complete their 2017 Rugby Championship campaign on Saturday, 7 October with a rematch against the All Blacks at Newlands in Cape Town.