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Spies motivated after Bok snub

Pierre Spies (Gallo Images)
Pierre Spies (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Bulls captain Pierre Spies is eager to prove his worth after not receiving a Springbok contract for the 2014 season.

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The South African Rugby Union (SARU) on Friday announced the names of seven additional players contracted for 2014, along with the 10 long-term contracts handed out last year.

Marcell Coetzee (loose forward), JJ Engelbrecht (centre/wing), Francois Hougaard (scrumhalf), Patrick Lambie (flyhalf/fullback), Willie le Roux (fullback/wing), Coenie Oosthuizen (prop) and Flip van der Merwe (lock) are the seven newly-contracted players.

The 10 players with long-term contracts are: Willem Alberts (loose forward), Jean de Villiers (centre), Bismarck du Plessis (hooker), Jannie du Plessis (prop), Eben Etzebeth (lock), Siya Kolisi (loose forward), Tendai Mtawarira (prop), Frans Steyn (utility back), Adriaan Strauss (hooker) and Duane Vermeulen (No 8).

Spies's name was absent on Friday but the No 8 said he would use it as motivation to hit back after spending the second part of 2013 on the sidelines with a bicep injury.

In an interview with the EWN Sport website, Spies said he has made the decision to play in South Africa for the next two years and that he will be hunting the "three contracts in the system that they still have to give out".

The 28-year-old said he would be looking to head abroad after the two years had elapsed.



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