Erasmus recalls le Roux for Wallabies Test

The Rugby Championship
by Sam Phillips

Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus has sprung a Sunday evening surprise in naming Willie le Roux in the 30 man squad to face the Wallabies.

The star fullback was initially left out of the South African squad named on Friday due to club commitments with Wasps but he has been recalled to a squad which features just one potential debutant in centre Ruhan Nel.

While le Roux has been recalled Francois Louw is still required by Bath and will not line up in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

Star centre Damian de Allende has also been omitted due to injury but that has opened the door for Nel who has been in red hot form for Western Province in the Currie Cup.

"Ruhan comes with a lot of international experience with the Blitzboks," Erasmus said.

"He has performed consistently well for Western Province so it will be good to see how he operates in the Bok environment."

The other surprise comes up front with experienced prop Vincent Koch earning a call up.

Lions halfback Ross Cronje has also been dropped.


Springboks squad to face the Wallabies

Forwards (16)

Schalk Brits, Eben Etzebeth, Steven Kitshoff, Vincent Koch, Siya Kolisi (capt), Wilco Louw, Frans Malherbe, Malcolm Marx, Bongi Mbonambi, Franco Mostert, Tendai Mtawarira, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, RG Snyman, Marco van Staden, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Warren Whiteley

Backs (14)

Phiwe Dyantyi, Andre Esterhuizen, Elton Jantjies, Faf de Klerk, Cheslin Kolbe, Jesse Kriel, Lionel Mapoe, Ruhan Nel, Sibusiso Nkosi, Embrose Papier, Handre Pollard, Willie le Roux, Damian Willemse, Ivan van Zyl