Springbok Training Squad Update
Eight Sharks have been added to Rassie Erasmus’ Springbok training squad as they continue with their preparations for next month’s Rugby Championships. Two have been sent home, both Stormers.
The Sharks group consists of four forwards, namely Tendai Mtawarira (prop), Thomas du Toit (prop), Armand van der Merwe (hooker) and Jean-Luc du Preez (loose forward) and four backs – Lukhanyo Am (centre), André Esterhuizen (centre), Makazole Mapimpi (wing) and Lwazi Mvovo (wing).
Players from the Lions will be added to the training squad once they have completed their Super Rugby commitments.
Meanwhile, Stormers players Cobus Wiese and John Schickerling have both been released from the training camp back to the Western Province Currie Cup team.
The Springbok coaching and conditioning staff are managing the workload of the national players after a strenuous Super Rugby campaign.
The updated Springbok training squad:
Forwards: Jean-Luc du Preez (Sharks), Pieter-Steph du Toit (Stormers), Thomas du Toit (Sharks), Eben Etzebeth (Stormers), Steven Kitshoff (Stormers), Siyamthanda Kolisi (Stormers), Wilco Louw (Stormers), Frans Malherbe (Stormers), Bongi Mbonambi (Stormers), Salmaan Moerat (Stormers), Tendai Mtawarira (Sharks), Sikhumbuzo Notshe (Stormers), Trevor Nyakane (Bulls), Coenraad Oosthuizen (Sharks), Rudolph Snyman (Bulls), Armand van der Merwe (Sharks), Marco van Staden (Bulls).
Backs: Lukhanyo Am (Sharks), Damian de Allende (Stormers), André Esterhuizen (Sharks), Warrick Gelant (Bulls), Jesse Kriel (Bulls), Makazole Mapimpi (Sharks), Lwazi Mvovo (Sharks), Embrose Papier (Bulls), Handré Pollard (Bulls), Ivan van Zyl (Bulls), Damian Willemse (Stormers).