3 Boks to face Namibia for Blue Bulls Presidents XV

Trevor Nyakane (Gallo)
Trevor Nyakane (Gallo)

Cape Town - Trevor Nyakane, Marco van Staden and Embrose Papier will all be in action in Windhoek on Saturday against Namibia in a friendly match at the Hage Geingob Stadium.

The trio have been included in a Blue Bulls Presidents XV that will face the Namibians in a match that will provide ideal match fitness for the threesome.

Nyakane is on his way back to full match fitness following concussion, while Van Staden and Papier had no playing time with the Springboks in Australasia in the last two weeks.

A number of fringe squad players and current Blue Bulls with limited game time so far in the Currie Cup will also be in action.

They include Dylan Sage, Franco Naude, Tinus de Beer and Dayan van der Westhuizen, who all played in last weekend’s Currie Cup win over the Pumas.

The likes of Garrick Matteus, Mosolwa Mafuma, Dan Kasende and Victor Sekekete will be keen to impress coach Pote Human with a spot in the regular playing squad a nice incentive.

“Namibia is slowly but surely busy preparing their squad for next year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan, so every match they play will be an important step towards that, so we expect a real tussle in Windhoek,” said Human.

“For ourselves, this will be a great opportunity to some fringe players to show what they can do against quality opponents and ideal game time for others who have not played much rugby in recent weeks.”

Bulls team:

15 Garrick Matteus, 14 Mosolwa Mafuma, 13 Dylan Sage, 12 Franco Naude, 11 Dan Kasende, 10 Tinus de Beer, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Frederick Eksteen, 7 Thembalani Bholi, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Aston Fortuin, 4 Victor Sekekete, 3 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 2 Jan-Henning Campher, 1 Trevor Nyakane

Substitutes: 16 Marco Fuhri, 17 Luke Fortuin, 18 Cabous Eloff, 19 Denzil Hill, 20 Dwight Pansegrouw, 21 Raegan Oranje, 22 Wian van Zyl, 23 Heino Bezuidenhout

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