might as well keep an eye on thge boks as well…luke watson has pulled out of the tour after what he described a media witch hunt
South Africa squad for november tests
South Africa coach Peter de Villiers has excluded overseas-based players from his 28-man squad for the end-of-year tour to Britain.
De Villiers said in an official news release on Saturday: 'We decided against selecting players from overseas on this occasion as they know they can slot in at any time but we felt that the time is right to give players like Ruan (Pienaar) an opportunity in the No 10 jersey and we will be looking at John Smit as a tighthead on this tour.
‘Ruan Pienaar is earmarked for the No 10 jersey as I’m looking to find a long-term successor to Butch James, following his decision to retire following the Lions tour next year.’
James (Bath), number eight Joe van Niekerk (Toulon) and prop forward CJ van der Linde (Leinster) were therefore not selected.
The Springboks depart on a three-week tour of Britain on Oct. 31 and will face Wales in Cardiff on Nov. 8, followed by Scotland in Edinburgh and England at Twickenham.
Four other players from the most recent Tri-Nations squad are also missing with hooker Adriaan Strauss and flyhalf Peter Grant overlooked while fullback Percy Montgomery has retired from internationals and controversial flanker Luke Watson made himself unavailable prior to the team announcement.
Watson withdrew from the selection process in the wake of his dispute with the South African Rugby Union over inflammatory remarks he allegedly made earlier this month.
De Villiers said: 'We have named what we believe is the strongest squad.
‘It has been selected from players we used during the Tri-Nations as well as the form players in the Currie Cup.’
‘With the British & Irish Lions heading to South Africa in just a few months these Tests are as important as any we have undertaken since our readmission in 1992.’
Free State Cheetahs flanker Heinrich Brussow (22) and Golden Lions flyhalf Earl Rose (24) are the only uncapped players in the squad.
The coach praised the two newcomers for their outstanding form in South Africa’s domestic Currie Cup competition.
De Villiers continued: 'Both Earl and Heinrich really put their hands up.
‘Earl’s form may have dipped at times but he has the ‘X’ factor you look for in a flyhalf and he has time to develop while Heinrich has really burst onto the scene and is outstanding at contesting at the breakdown.’
De Villiers also called on four players who have recovered from injuries of varying length, including centre Jaque Fourie, number eight Ryan Kankowski and lock Bakkies Botha.
Hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle has been rewarded after a long fitness battle with a recall for the first time since 2006.
Backs: Jean de Villiers, Fourie du Preez, Jaque Fourie, Bryan Habana, Adrian Jacobs, Conrad Jantjes, Enrico Januarie, Jongi Nokwe, Odwa Ndungane, Ruan Pienaar, JP Pietersen, Earl Rose, Francois Steyn
Forwards: Andries Bekker, Bakkies Botha, Schalk Burger, Heinrich Brussow, Bismarck du Plessis, Ryan Kankowski, Victor Matfield, Tendai Mtawarira, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Brian Mujati, Danie Rossouw, John Smit (captain), Juan Smith, Pierre Spies, Gurthro Steenkamp