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Springbok squad for international season raises a few eyebrows


Springbok squad for international season raises a few eyebrows

Jacques Nienaber includes eight uncapped players, with Duane Vermeulen and Frans Steyn notable exceptions

Sports reporter

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber has announced a squad of 43 players for the season that features the three-Test series against Wales next month and the Rugby Championship and year-end tour later in the year.

In the squad, which has a number of surprises, Nienaber included eight uncapped players who were rewarded for performances but there is no place for veterans Duane Vermeulen and Frans Steyn. A notable inclusion is that of Marcell Coetzee who has led the Bulls to a United Rugby Championship (URC) final against the Stormers in Cape Town next weekend.

The uncapped players are No.8 Evan Roos (Stormers), flank Elrigh Louw (Bulls), locks Ruan Nortje (Bulls) and Salmaan Moerat (Stormers), utility forward Deon Fourie (Stormers), fullback Kurt-Lee Arendse (Bulls), scrumhalf Grant Williams and prop Ntuthuko Mchunu (both Sharks).  ..

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