Young gun Moodie named in 34-man Bok squad for Australia tour, Bongi out for 4 weeks

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  • The Springboks have named a 34-man squad for their tour to Australia.
  • Young speedster Canan Moodie has been included for his first Bok tour.
  • Hooker Bongi Mbonambi is out for four weeks, with his spot in the squad taken by Deon Fourie.

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber on Monday named a 34-man squad for their Rugby Championship tour to Australia. 

The Boks will tackle the Wallabies in Adelaide on 27 August and Sydney on 3 September.

It's a settled Bok squad, with uncapped winger Canan Moodie the only newbie to embark on his first tour.

The Bok coach said he would make changes to the squad for the two Tests against Argentina in Buenos Aires (17 September) and Durban (24 September).

"We have been working with a large group of players for the last few months and we believe this will pay off in the long run as we look to expand our depth for the Rugby World Cup and beyond," Nienaber said in a statement.

"Since we are going on tour, however, we will take a group of players that is more in line with the size of a Rugby World Cup squad, and our thought process is that we will have two groups of players -  one who will participate in the Australian leg of the competition and another for the Argentina matches.

"This way we can manage the players as well as possible on tour, while at the same time ensuring we continue to develop our depth and give the players opportunities to prove themselves with a little over a year to go before the Rugby World Cup kicks off." 

Springbok touring squad:

Props: Steven Kitshoff (Stormers), Vincent Koch (Wasps), Frans Malherbe (Stormers), Ox Nche (Sharks), Trevor Nyakane (Racing 92)

Hookers: Joseph Dweba (Stormers), Malcolm Marx (Kubota Spears)

Locks: Eben Etzebeth (Sharks), Lood de Jager (Wild Knights), Salmaan Moerat (Stormers)

Loose forwards: Pieter-Steph du Toit (Toyota Verblitz), Siya Kolisi (Sharks), Elrigh Louw (Bulls), Kwagga Smith (Shizuoka Blue Revs), Jasper Wiese (Leicester Tigers), Duane Vermeulen (Ulster)

Utility forwards: Deon Fourie (Stormers), Franco Mostert (Honda Heat)

Scrumhalves: Faf de Klerk (Canon Eagles), Jaden Hendrikse (Sharks), Herschel Jantjies ( Stormers), Cobus Reinach (Montpellier)

Flyhalves: Elton Jantjies (NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes), Handre Pollard (Leicester Tigers)

Midfielders: Lukhanyo Am (Sharks), Damian de Allende (Wild Knights), Andre Esterhuizen (Harlequins)

Outside backs: Makazole Mapimpi (Sharks), Willie le Roux (Toyota Verblitz), Canan Moodie (Bulls), Warrick Gelant (Racing 92)

Utility Backs: Damian Willemse (Stormers), Jesse Kriel (Canon Eagles), Frans Steyn (Cheetahs)

Moodie, who was called up to the squad as utility back cover following the suspension of Kurt-Lee Arendse, is the only uncapped player in the group. The 19-year-old will provide cover at wing and fullback.

The Bulls young gun's presence also fills the void left by Cheslin Kolbe, who is on the road to recovery from a broken jaw. Bok management said Kolbe would only return for the final Rugby Championship Test against Argentina.

Bongi out for 4 weeks

Meanwhile, hooker Bongi Mbonambi has been ruled out for four weeks after suffering a knee injury at training last week. Deon Fourie will serve as back-up to Malcolm Marx and Joseph Dweba, while Damian Willemse's versatility in the backline will see provide cover at flyhalf, centre and fullback.

"Bongi has been ruled out for four weeks, but Deon, who is an experienced hooker and flank, has been practicing his lineout throws with us, so we are confident that he will be able to fill that void for us in these matches," said Nienaber.

"We are also excited to see how Canan slots in during the next few weeks and to see how he adapts to our structures and systems, and we believe he has the skills to slot in for Kurt-Lee and Cheslin.

"This is a settled group of players and includes a wide spread of experience and young players who have made their presence felt, and we believe that they have what it takes to guide us back on track in the Rugby Championship in the matches against Australia."

The Springboks are currently on a short break and will depart on Thursday for the tour to Australia and Argentina.

"We are bitterly disappointed about the defeat against New Zealand last weekend, and we know that we have to be at our best to fight back in the next four matches of the competition to keep us in contention to win the tournament," said Nienaber.

"We saw what Australia are capable at home last year and we know that we will be tested thoroughly.

"The last time we beat the Wallabies in Australia was in 2013, so we have a big mountain to climb over there, but that said, we have looked at our game against New Zealand and we know what areas we need to improve on, and we will put in the hard work on the field to iron out those aspects when we arrive in Australia.

"It is going to be a tough tour, but we know what our players are capable of, and we are determined to make our nation proud."

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