The new appointment has marked the start of his tenure with the introduction of nine uncapped players of which I know little or nothing but the general consensus over on out friends at Sharksworld appears to be that it’s a reasonable selection.
Speaking on his selection Coetzee said:
“The selection of this squad was based on rewarding form and exposing young and upcoming local players to the Springboks, which is why priority was given to locally based players. We have many experienced players still available for selection, but we just felt that the time was right to look at the next generation.
“Our depth was obviously tested in certain positions, but this also created opportunities for new players, who have found their feet at Vodacom Super Rugby level, and to make the step up to the Springboks.”
With up to 25 players unavailable due to illness, injury or Sevens involvement it’s no surprise that there will be some experimentation but there is still the basis of a strong team among the newcomers.
Ulster’s latest signing, Marcell Coetzee is among those on the the extensive injury list and Ruan Pienaar has asked not to be considered for the June series.
South Africa Squad
The squad consists of seventeen forwards and fourteen backs.
|Pieter-Steph du Toit||Garth April*|
|Eben Etzebeth||Patrick Lambie|
|Siya Kolisi||Lwazi Mvovo|
|Frans Malherbe||JP Pietersen|
|Bongi Mbonambi*||Wille le Roux|
|Sikhumbuzo Notshe*||Ruan Combrinck*|
|Scarra Ntubeni*||Faf de Klerk*|
|Jaco Kriel*||Elton Jantjies|
|Julian Redelinghuys||Lionel Mapoe|
|Warren Whiteley||Jesse Kriel|
|Trevor Nyakane||Rudy Paige|
|Adriaan Strauss||Jan Serfontein|
|Lood de Jager||Damian de Allende|
|Steven Kitshoff*||Nic Groom*|
|Duane Vermeulen||* Denotes new cap|