Recovered Jean de Villiers to lead Springboks in Rugby Championship

2014-08-02 15:34

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Springbok captain Jean de Villiers has recovered from the knee injury that kept him out of the June Tests and is back in the national squad for the forthcoming Rugby Championship.

De Villiers is one of six players returning from injury after missing the entire, or a part of the Incoming Series.

The others are Tendai Mtawarira (prop), Frans Malherbe (prop), Eben Etzebeth (lock), Patrick Lambie (flyhalf/fullback) and Damian de Allende (centre).

De Allende, who was forced to withdraw from the squad in June because of a knee ligament injury, and scrumhalf Cobus Reinach are the only uncapped players in the 30-man Springbok squad.

The national selectors have also retained four debutants from the June series for the Rugby Championship – Cornal Hendricks (wing), Teboho “Oupa” Mohoje (loose forward), Lood de Jager (lock) and Handré Pollard (flyhalf).

“It’s great to have Jean back to lead the side in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.

“Victor Matfield and Jan Serfontein both did superbly well in his absence, but he is our captain and I’m sure he will slot back into the side without any difficulty. The same goes for Eben, Frans and Patrick, all of whom have been part of the squad before.

Meyer said all the players would be medically assessed when the squad assembled in Joburg next week.

“This will not only include the players who missed the June Tests because of injury, but also someone such as Mtawarira, who has been out of action for a while. We will deal with every player and his needs individually.” Meyer was pleased he was able to include Hendricks, Mohoje, De Jager and Pollard in his squad.

“These players have impressed from the first minute they joined us. This is a step up for all of them, but that is the kind of challenge we thrive on,” he said.

“It’s never easy cutting a squad down in size and we’re fortunate that we have a number of experienced players who will be on standby.”

The coach said he is looking forward to the start of the Rugby Championship, which kicks off on August 16 when Australia host New Zealand in Sydney and the Springboks take on Argentina at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.

The Springbok squad will gather in Joburg for a pre-competition, five-day camp starting on Monday, and then again on August 10 in Pretoria, where they will prepare for the Test against Argentina.

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