The Springbok coach, Allister Coetzee, has made seven changes to the squad that did duty in the Test matches against Ireland in June, for the opening two matches of the 2016 Castle Lager Rugby Championship against Argentina.
Coetzee has included uncapped Malcolm Marx and Sikhumbuzo Notshe, and recalled Oupa Mohoje, Vincent Koch, Juan de Jongh, Francois Hougaard, Bryan Habana and Johan Goosen, in a squad of 31 players.
The Springbok coach said: “I’m excited to get Malcolm Marx involved with the Boks on the back of a very strong Vodacom Super Rugby season. It’s also great to welcome back Oupa Mohoje and Vincent Koch to the Boks – both of them have worked incredibly hard and played very well recently.”
Looking back to the International matches against Ireland in June, Coetzee explained: “We will use our experience and learnings from the Ireland series as the stepping stone for the Castle Lager Rugby Championship and keep on growing our depth in our squad and improve on our overall game.”
South Africa squad (in alphabetical order of surname):
Ruan Combrinck (2 caps), Damian de Allende (16 caps), Lood de Jager (20 caps), Juan de Jongh (14 caps), Faf de Klerk (3 caps), Pieter-Steph du Toit (11 caps), Eben Etzebeth (47 caps), Johan Goosen (6 caps), Bryan Habana (117 caps), Francois Hougaard (35 caps), Elton Jantjies (5 caps), Steven Kitshoff (1 cap), Vincent Koch (2 caps), Jaco Kriel (1 cap), Jesse Kriel (12 caps), Francois Louw (46 caps), Lionel Mapoe (4 caps), Malcolm Marx (0 caps), Bongi Mbonambi (1 cap), Teboho Mohoje (8 caps), Franco Mostert (2 caps), Tendai Mtawarira (78 caps), Lwazi Mvovo (17 caps), Sikhumbuzo Notshe (0 caps), Trevor Nyakane (25 caps), Rudy Paige (3 caps), Julian Redelinghuys (5 caps), Morne Steyn (61 caps), Adriaan Strauss – captain (57 caps), Duane Vermeulen (37 caps), Warren Whiteley (6 caps).