Springboks tweak squad with Wallabies inbound

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South Africa recalled experienced flanker Francois Louw on Wednesday as they seek Rugby Championship redemption after a 57-point thrashing in New Zealand last weekend.

Coach Allister Coetzee also called up winger Sibusiso Nkosi and scrum-half Louis Schreuder - both uncapped - for home Tests against Australia and New Zealand.

The Springboks face the Wallabies on September 30 in Bloemfontein and the All Blacks on October 7 in Cape Town.

England-based Louw is renowned for securing turnover ball while Nkosi and Schreuder have impressed for Sharks in the Currie Cup, but are unknown international quantities.

Coetzee ignored another Sharks winger, Kobus van Wyk, who pundits claim has the physique necessary to combat typically large Rugby Championship backs.


"Francois is an experienced loose forward who has always performed well for us," Coetzee said in a statement.

"He is regarded as one of the best open side flankers playing towards the ball and forcing turnovers.

"Francois had a proper off-season for the first time in a long while and will be a good addition to our loose forward combinations in the absence of several players.

"Louis and Sibusiso have performed well this season, and their inclusion gives us an opportunity to work closely with them.

"They are in-form players and are making good decisions on the field in their respective positions.

"Their inclusions and exposure to this level will continue our process of building depth in certain positions." Courtnall Skosan has copped criticism in the aftermath of the loss to the All Blacks. Photo: Getty ImagesPublic and media calls for a clean-out after the Auckland annihilation were ignored with only constantly underperforming scrum-half Francois Hougaard dumped.

Tighthead prop Coenie Oosthuizen and flanker Jaco Kriel, who were part of the team that drew in Australia before missing the All Blacks rout owing to injuries, have been ruled out.

Those severely criticised after the heaviest defeat suffered by the Springboks include wingers Raymond Rhule and Courtnall Skosan and hooker Malcolm Marx.

Rhule and Skosan are considered defensive liabilities and the poor line-out throws of Marx allowed New Zealand to make numerous steals.

Before the New Zealand drubbing, South Africa won five Tests and drew one this year after a horror 2016 in which they lost eight of 12 internationals.

World champions New Zealand will win the southern hemisphere competition for the fifth time in six attempts if they defeat Argentina in Buenos Aires on September 30.

SQUAD

Springboks squad to face the Wallabies

Forwards

Eben Etzebeth (capt)

Steven Kitshoff

Siya Kolisi

Wilco Louw

Bongi Mbonambi

Pieter-Steph du Toit

Tendai Mtawarira

Daniel du Preez

Jean-Luc du Preez

Chiliboy Ralepelle

Ruan Dreyer

Malcolm Marx

Franco Mostert

Lood de Jager

Trevor Nyakane

Uzair Cassiem

Francois Louw

Backs

Andries Coetzee

Ross Cronje

Elton Jantjies

Courtnall Skosan

Jesse Kriel

Rudy Paige

Handre Pollard

Jan Serfontein

Damian de Allende

Dillyn Leyds

Sibusiso Nkosi

Louis Schreuder

Raymond Rhule

The Wallabies take on South Africa on Sunday September 24, kicking off at 1:05am AEST, LIVE on FOX SPORTS and Network Ten. 

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