The Springbok Squad has been announced with the usual suspect keeping their place without any valid reasion and a huge number have been side lined due to injury. Most recent recently added to the injury list are Schalk Burger and Juan De Jongh. Deon Stegmann and Zane Kirchner have been called up to replace them. We have to remember that there have been large amounts of players who have withdrawn due to injury which is why a lot of new names have been added to this squad. Its good to see the younger names like the Lambies and Jantjies being called up.
What do you think about this squad?
Gio Aplon, Bjorn Basson, Juan de Jongh (replaced by Kirchner), Jean de Villiers, Francois Hougaard, Bryan Habana, Elton Jantjies, Ricky Januarie, Patrick Lambie, Lwazi Mvovo, Ruan Pienaar, Frans Steyn, Morne Steyn.
Willem Alberts, Bakkies Botha, Schalk Burger (replaced by Deon Stegmann), Keegan Daniel, Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Alistair Hargreaves, Ryan Kankowski, Victor Matfield, Tendai Mtawarira, Coenie Oosthuizen, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Juan Smith, Pierre Spies, Adriaan Strauss, CJ van der Linde, Flip van der Merwe.
Jean De Villiers and Chilliboy Ralaphela have also both been side-lined due to injury along with – John Smit, Jaque Fourie, Wynand Olivier, Andries Bekker, Fourie du Preez, Heinrich Brüssow, JP Pietersen, Gurthrö Steenkamp, Butch James, BJ Botha, Ricky Januarie, Schalk Burger and Juan de Jongh.
Some very interesting players have been chosen but its good to see lots of younger players are going to get their chance to shine. Just before the world cup as well which could provide some valuable experience just before we get into the serious phases before the 2011 New Zealand World Cup. Its going to be interesting to see what happens on this Outbound tour. Peter De Villiers needs to get something together and quickly.
(team information from iafrica)