Bok coach Jacques Nienaber names uncapped Salmaan Moerat and Grant Williams in squad for UK tour

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber has announced a squad of 32 players for the Castle Lager Outgoing Tour to the UK next month where they are scheduled to play three Tests against Wales, Scotland and England.

2021-10-19 02:23:00 PM

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber has announced a squad of 32 players for the Castle Lager Outgoing Tour to the UK next month where they are scheduled to play three Tests against Wales, Scotland and England.

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber has announced a squad of 32 players for the Castle Lager Outgoing Tour to the UK next month where they are scheduled to play three Tests against Wales, Scotland and England.

Commenting on the loss of a few players due to injury, Nienaber said: “It’s always unfortunate to lose players due to injury, but we have good depth in our squad, and these are established players who have proven themselves at the highest level.” 

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Nienaber was delighted to call up Moerat, who has been serving as the Stormers’ co-captain on their United Rugby Championship tour in recent weeks and said the lock’s experience and leadership qualities would be valuable as he makes the step up to the Springbok team.

“Salmaan has established himself as a talented lock and captain since his younger days in our junior structures and he has continued to show his class at senior level for the DHL Stormers and DHL Western Province,” said Nienaber.“His call-up is well earned, and we are looking forward to witnessing what he adds to the squad. He is also familiar with most of the players in the squad having either played with them or against them, so we have no doubt he will slot in with ease.”

Nienaber expected tough competition on the tour.“We have built a good base this season after our series victory against the British & Irish Lions and victories against the All Blacks, Argentina and Georgia, although we were disappointed that the results did not go our way in the other three Tests in Australia (in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship).

“Obviously this will be a completely different challenge to that we faced in SA and Australia earlier this year with the vastly different conditions and in terms of the teams we will face, but fortunately we got a taste of what to expect from the northern hemisphere sides in the Castle Lager Lions Series.

“England is in fourth place on the world rankings, and Scotland and Wales are in seventh and ninth place respectively, and they are all top-class teams that will want to make a strong statement in front of their home crowds, so we need to get into the swing of things quickly when we assemble,” the Springbok coach added.

The Springboks will depart for a one-week training camp in France on Friday before making the journey to Cardiff for their opening Test.Springbok Squad for the Castle Lager Outgoing TourProps:Thomas du Toit (Sharks), Steven Kitshoff (Stormers), Vincent Koch (Saracens), Ox Nché (Sharks), Trevor Nyakane (Bulls)

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Hookers:Joseph Dweba (Bordeaux Bègles), Malcolm Marx (Kubota Spears), Bongi Mbonambi (Stormers),Locks:Lood de Jager (Sale Sharks), Eben Etzebeth (Toulon), Salmaan Moerat, Marvin OrieLoose forwards:Siya Kolisi (captain, Sharks), Kwagga Smith (Yamaha Júbilo), Marco van Staden, Duane Vermeulen, Jasper Wiese (Leicester Tigers)

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