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Willie Le Roux and Lambie back in Springbok Sqaud

The Flying Dutchmen

Maybe we will see some more of Americano here as experienced backs Willie le Roux and Pat Lambie were included in a 31-man Springbok squad for the two remaining home Tests in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship, in October against Australia and New Zealand.

The Flying Dutchmen

Along with the experienced backline duo, Lood de Jager and Julian Redelinghuys will return in the pack after recovering from injuries which kept them out of action for between one and four weeks respectively.

The rest of the 28-man tour squad that did duty in the recent away matches against the Wallabies and the All Blacks shows only one change – with Redelinghuys back in the squad, Lourens Adriaanse drops out.

The Springboks will assemble in Johannesburg on Sunday to resume with preparations for the return encounter against the Wallabies on 1 October in Pretoria. They conclude their 2016 campaign against the All Blacks a week later, on Saturday 8 October in Durban.

Lambie has returned to full fitness after he was concussed in the first match of the three Test series against Ireland at DHL Newlands in June. Le Roux also last saw Springbok action against Ireland in June and joins the Springboks from Japanese club Canon Eagles.

Redelinghuys has recovered from the hamstring injury he picked up in the Springboks’ 30-23 win over the Pumas in August in Nelspruit, which caused him to miss the away fixtures against Argentina, the Wallabies and the All Blacks.

De Jager, in turn, received a bump on the knee while playing against the Wallabies in Brisbane two weeks ago after which he returned home. Willem Alberts, who was called up as replacement for the Christchurch encounter, remains with the squad.

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee said the selectors have opted for continuity when they selected the squad.

“Although the results have not gone our way so far in the campaign, I think it will be good to keep the current squad together so that we can build continuity,” said Coetzee.

“It’s great to have players with the experience of Pat and Willie back in the squad. The same goes for Julian and Lood, both of whom have played very well for us this year and will add something to the pack.

“Pat has been included in the squad so that our medical and conditioning team can get first-hand feedback.

“We want to ascertain his readiness and confidence for international rugby or whether he rather needs to play another match in the Currie Cup for the Cell C Sharks,” said Coetzee.

Although disappointed with the outcome of the three away matches, Coetzee said the coming two home matches against the Wallabies and All Blacks will provide his team with the chance to deliver improved performances.

“We have much work to do as a team and the best way to build confidence is to keep continuity and improve on the individual errors and our game management that have so far hampered us.

“The two remaining matches will be huge for us and the squad will work hard during the next two weeks to make sure we are well prepared to face the Wallabies and the All Blacks.”

The Springbok squad for the last two matches in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship:

No Name and Surname Franchise / Province / Club Test caps Test points
1 Willem Alberts Stade Francais (France)  39  35
2 Damian de Allende DHL Stormers  19 10
3 Lood de Jager Toyota Cheetahs  23  20
4 Juan de Jongh DHL Stormers  17 15
5 Faf de Klerk Emirates Lions  7  0
6 Pieter-Steph du Toit DHL Stormers  15 15
7 Eben Etzebeth DHL Stormers  51 10
8 Johan Goosen Racing 92 (France)  10 20
9 Bryan Habana (vice-captain) Toulon (France)  121 330
10 Francois Hougaard Worcester Warriors (UK)  37 25
11 Elton Jantjies Emirates Lions  9  69
12 Steven Kitshoff Bordeaux Bègles (France)  5  0
13 Vincent Koch DHL Stormers/Steval Pumas  5  0
14 Jaco Kriel Emirates Lions  5  0
15 Jesse Kriel Vodacom Bulls  16  15
16 Patrick Lambie Cell C Sharks  51  137
17 Willie le Roux Canon Eagles (Japan) 37  45
18 Francois Louw Bath (England)  50  40
19 Lionel Mapoe Emirates Lions  7  0
20 Malcolm Marx Emirates Lions  1  0
21 Bongi Mbonambi DHL Stormers  2  0
22 Oupa Mohoje Toyota Cheetahs  12  0
23 Franco Mostert Emirates Lions  4  0
24 Tendai Mtawarira Cell C Sharks  82  10
25 Lwazi Mvovo Cell C Sharks  17  30
26 Trevor Nyakane Vodacom Bulls  26  5
27 Rudy Paige Vodacom Bulls  4  0
28 Julian Redelinghuys Emirates Lions  6  0
29 Morné Steyn Stade Francais (France)  64  703
30 Adriaan Strauss (captain) Vodacom Bulls  61  30
31 Warren Whiteley Emirates Lions  10  15

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  1. Bringing le Roux in, opens up a possibility for Goosen to play at 10 in home tests. Lambie needs time I feel, so play him first test of the bench and start him in the second. Would’ve loved to see RjvR in the squad, even if he doesn’t get gametime.

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    So let’s sing a song of cheer again
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    Altogether shout it now
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  3. At last someone said it loud and clear:
    ““Ek steun transformasie, maar Mzwandile Stick is, met alle respek, uit sy diepte uit. Hy is as die agterlynafrigter aangestel ná twee seisoene as breier van die swakste unie in ons land se o.19-span.” Corne Krige.

  4. Ruan Combrinck: “It’s important to remember that defence is not just about having the right attitude and smashing people backwards, it’s also about getting your footwork right before you make contact. Each year, the skills and attacking prowess of players improve, which is why you always have to work on your defence.”
    ♦That’s why they miss so many stationary ball receivers – they just keep on advancing at full speed. diablo

  5. Clearly going to persist with the same 9/10/12 leaking channel and the same unbalanced loose-forward trio…

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