Springboks released for Currie Cup action

by Staff Writer

A group of 23 players involved in the Springboks’ preliminary Rugby World Cup squad have been released back to their clubs and provinces to be available for Absa Currie Cup selection this weekend.

The list includes 15 of the 29 players who were part of the squad for the away leg of the Castrol Edge Tri-Nations Series.

The Springbok squad for the home leg of the Castrol Edge Tri-Nations series will be announced by electronic media release on Friday.

“Eight of this group have not played any rugby since the end of the Vodacom Super Rugby competition and have been on rehabilitation programmes, with their European clubs or with the Springbok squad,” said Springbok coach Peter de Villiers.

“Our medical team is continuing assessments on the remainder of the players who were unavailable for selection for the away leg. There are still injury concerns around a number of them.”

The eight players who have not appeared since the end of the Super Rugby season are: BJ Botha, Heinrich Brüssow, Elton Jantjies, Zane Kirchner, Francois Louw, Johann Muller, Adriaan Strauss and Coenie Oosthuizen.

De Villiers said the players released back to their provinces and clubs remained in contention for Springbok selection for the Castrol Edge Tri-Nations and Rugby World Cup.

Players released are:

Player

Province/Club

Bjorn Basson

Vodacom Blue Bulls

BJ Botha

Munster, Ireland

Heinrich Brüssow

Toyota Free State Cheetahs

Adrian Jacobs

The Sharks

Elton Jantjies

MTN Lions

Zane Kirchner

Vodacom Blue Bulls

Patrick Lambie

The Sharks

Francois Louw

Bath, England

Charl McLeod

The Sharks

Lwazi Mvovo

The Sharks

Odwa Ndungane

The Sharks

Wynand Olivier

Vodacom Blue Bulls

Dean Greyling

Vodacom Blue Bulls

Alistair Hargreaves

The Sharks

Ryan Kankowski

The Sharks

Werner Kruger

Vodacom Blue Bulls

Ashley Johnson

Toyota Free State Cheetahs

Johann Muller

Ulster, Northern Ireland

Coenie Oosthuizen

Toyota Free State Cheetahs

Chiliboy Ralepelle

Vodacom Blue Bulls

Deon Stegmann

Vodacom Blue Bulls

Adriaan Strauss

Toyota Free State Cheetahs

Flip van der Merwe

Vodacom Blue Bulls

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