Rugby Championships News
Super Rugby is done and dusted – local South African franchises are out of the competition as only the Jaguares remain to represent the “South African” Conference.
Go Jaguares, you are welcome to it!
South Africa and the Springboks are in the somewhat fortunate position of having a time window during which they can focus on the preparation of the team for the upcoming Rugby Championships, and the World Cup that follows afterwards.
The preparations started on Sunday, when a group of 26 players gathered in Pretoria for one of the Springboks’ national alignment and conditioning camps as an integral part of their preparations for the forthcoming international season.
Nine of the players included in the squad are brought in from overseas clubs, while players from the Bulls and Sharks, who took part in the weekend’s Super Rugby quarter-final matches, will join the camp from next Monday.
The Springboks kick off their shortened campaign on July 20 against Australia in Johannesburg and that match will be followed a week later by the keenly awaited rematch with New Zealand in Wellington, the scene of last year’s epic away win over against the All Blacks.
The Boks conclude their official campaign against Argentina two weeks later, on 10 August in Salta, while the same two teams are set to meet again a week later in Pretoria in a once-off Test before the Boks report for Rugby World Cup training duty.
Forwards: Schalk Brits (Bulls), Marcell Coetzee (Ulster), Lood de Jager (Bulls), Pieter-Steph du Toit (Stormers), Rynardt Elstadt (Toulouse), Eben Etzebeth (Stormers), Steven Kitshoff (Stormers), Vincent Koch (Saracens), Siya Kolisi (Stormers), Frans Malherbe (Stormers), Malcolm Marx (Lions), Bongi Mbonambi (Stormers), Tendai Mtawarira (Sharks), Franco Mostert (Gloucester), Marvin Orie (Lions), Kwagga Smith (Lions)
Backs: Damian de Allende (Stormers), Faf de Klerk (Sale Sharks), Aphiwe Dyantyi (Lions), Elton Jantjies (Lions), Herschel Jantjies (Stormers), Cheslin Kolbe (Toulouse), Dillyn Lleyds (Stormers), Willie le Roux (Toyota Verblitz), Cobus Reinach (Northampton Saints), Frans Steyn (Montpellier)