SA Rugby Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus and newly appointed coach Jacques Nienaber have selected two strong 25-man squads for next month's Springbok Showdown.
The Springbok Showdown sees the Springbok Green take on Springbok Gold in a friendly encounter at Newlands on Saturday, 3 October (17:05).
Springbok assistant coach Mzwandile Stick will coach the Springbok Green, while Deon Davids will coach the Springbok Gold with Erasmus and Nienaber acting as the two team commissioners.
At Friday's live draft draw on SuperSport, the two squads were picked, which includes 13 members of the Rugby World Cup-winning squad.
The 50 players who made the cut after the draft picks were selected from the initial 93 players that were unveiled last week.
"The draft picks exercise was a refreshing way to select the two squads for the game," explained Erasmus.
"Myself, Jacques and the coaches thoroughly enjoyed the exercise, but the tension of picking squads on live television wasn't good for the nerves - I want to thank SuperSport for their support in this project and I hope our fans enjoyed something new on the South African rugby landscape."
The two squads and management members will assemble in Cape Town on Sunday, where they will prepare their match day preparations separately from each other in their respective "bio-bubble environments".
According to the SA Rugby press release, each squad will be augmented by seven rookies, whose names will be announced in the coming days.
These players, who will return to their provinces the day before the match if they are not required to step into either squad as replacements, were selected to gain experience of a typical Springbok squad environment in the weeklong build-up to the eagerly awaited Cape Town clash.
A number of players who are currently injured were not considered for the match, including Pieter-Steph du Toit (Stormers), Sbu Nkosi (Sharks), Aphelele Fassi (Sharks) and Lizo Gqoboka (Bulls).
Erasmus said the players were picked from a very dynamic draft list and he thanked the franchise teams for their collaboration during the entire identification, monitoring and drafting process.
The two Springbok Showdown draft squads are:
Springbok Green squad
Props: Ox Nche, Thomas du Toit, Trevor Nyakane, Luan de Bruin
Hookers: Bongi Mbonambi, Schalk Erasmus
Locks: JD Schickerling, Hyron Andrews, Oupa Mohoje
Loose forwards: Siya Kolisi, Arno Botha, Duane Vermeulen, Junior Pokomela, Juarno Augustus
Scrumhalves: Sanele Nohamba, Embrose Papier
Flyhalves: Elton Jantjies, Manie Libbok
Centres: Frans Steyn, Wandisile Simelane, Jeremy Ward
Outside backs: Seabelo Senatla, Yaw Penxe, Gianni Lombard, Malcolm Jaer
Springbok Gold squad:
Props: Steven Kitshoff, Dylan Smith, Frans Malherbe, Ruan Dreyer
Hookers: Scarra Ntubeni, Dylan Richardson
Locks: Salmaan Moerat, Marvin Orie, Jason Jenkins
Loose forwards: Marco van Staden, Nizaam Carr, Sikhumbuzo Notshe; Vincent Tshituka, James Venter
Scrumhalves: Herschel Jantjies, Jaden Hendrikse
Flyhalves: Damian Willemse, Curwin Bosch
Centres: Rikus Pretorius, Lukhanyo Am, Werner Kok, Manuel Rass
Outside backs: Sergeal Petersen, Rosko Specman, Warrick Gelant
- Compiled by Sport24 staff