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Nienaber squad sees the return of Vermeulen and Steyn for All Blacks

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GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 12: The Springboks sing the South African national anthem during the Rugby Championship match between the South Africa Springboks and the Australian Wallabies at Cbus Super Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

Jacques Nienaber and his coaching team have recall two of his most experience players back to the squad that will face the All Blacks in two test next month.

Duane Vermeulen and Frans Steyn will add much needed experience to the squad.

The Springboks may have won the series against Wales this past month but it was not close to being perfect for the World Champions.

The coaches decided to give all players in their squad a chance against Wales and that meant that a very inexperienced team rocked up in Bloemfontein which they loss.

Some fans did not like it but one have to see the madness in this decision to really appreciate the way Nienaber and his coaching team tried to achieve.

In the long run we still believe it was the right decision and although the whole world and haters will say the Springboks loss against Wales the facts are a Springbok A side loss with 1 point against a full strength Wales side.

Vermeulen will be a good sight for fans after the Boks somewhat struggled without the man they call Thor. He is such a great presence in the team and one of the senior players that add to the leadership of the team as well.

The Springboks pack seems always to play better when Vermeulen is in the side and we expect a huge improvement in that department.

France Steyn record speaks for itself. Two time World Cup winner and one of the coolest heads in the backline for Nienaber will add so much to their backline and giving Nienaber more options not just in selection but also impact from the bench.

Nienaber has selected 41 players in his squad for this first two test matches against an All Blacks side that will want to come to South Africa and rebuild which makes them very dangerous.

Matches against Springboks and All Blacks are mostly closed the last couple of years with the Springboks winning almost as much as the All Blacks which making this tour a juicy affair.

Nienaber has released Fassi and Marchell Coetzee back to their franchises.

Reinach and Kolbe was not availible for selection due to injuries.

The Springboks schedule sees them facing the All Blacks twice at home before they will go to Australia to face the Aussies twice down under. They will then go to Argentina for the clash against the Pumas before ending their Championship in Durban against the Pumas.

“We are pleased with the enthusiasm and attitude the new players showed in the squad during the Castle Lager Incoming Series, and we feel that this group well worked together throughout the campaign and that we have good cover in all positions, so we opted to keep the majority of the group together for the home leg of Castle Lager Rugby Championship campaign,” said Nienaber.

“We will reassess the size of the squad for our tour to Australia and Argentina in the next few weeks.

“Duane and Frans are both very experienced players and they each have valuable traits that they bring to the field of play, so we are excited to welcome them into the fold. This will offer the coaches and medical staff a good opportunity to determine where they are in terms of their rugby.”

Nienaber added: “It is disappointing for Aphelele and Marcell, but we were limited in how many players we could select. That said, we know what both of them can do on the field and we have a big picture in mind with the Rugby World Cup next year.

“We will continue to keep a close eye on them at their provinces as well as all the other players on our radar that were not selected in this group.”

Nienaber looked forward to the next chapter of their season and said: “New Zealand, Australia and Argentina will pose different challenges to Wales, and we realise the importance of hitting the ground running in the first two Tests.

Springbok squad for Castle Lager Rugby Championship:

Props:
Thomas du Toit (Cell C Sharks)
Steven Kitshoff (DHL Stormers)
Vincent Koch (Wasps)
Frans Malherbe (DHL Stormers)
Ntuthuko Mchunu (Cell C Sharks)
Ox Nche (Cell C Sharks)
Trevor Nyakane (Racing 92)

Hookers:
Joseph Dweba (DHL Stormers)
Malcolm Marx (Kubota Spears)
Bongi Mbonambi (Cell C Sharks)

Locks:
Lood de Jager (Wild Knights)
Eben Etzebeth (Cell C Sharks)
Salmaan Moerat (DHL Stormers)
Ruan Nortje (Vodacom Bulls)
Marvin Orie (DHL Stormers)

Loose forwards:
Pieter-Steph du Toit (Toyota Verblitz)
Siya Kolisi (Cell C Sharks)
Elrigh Louw (Vodacom Bulls)
Evan Roos (DHL Stormers)
Kwagga Smith (Shizuoka Blue Revs)
Jasper Wiese (Leicester Tigers)
Duane Vermeulen (Ulster)

Utility forwards:
Rynhardt Elstadt (Toulouse)
Deon Fourie (DHL Stormers)
Franco Mostert (Honda Heat)

Scrumhalves:
Faf de Klerk (Canon Eagles)
Jaden Hendrikse (Cell C Sharks)
Herschel Jantjies (DHL Stormers)
Grant Williams (Cell C Sharks)

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

Midfielders:
Lukhanyo Am (Cell C Sharks)
Damian de Allende (Wild Knights)
Andre Esterhuizen (Harlequins)
Jesse Kriel (Cannon Eagles)

Outside Backs:
Warrick Gelant (Racing 92)
Willie le Roux (Toyota Verblitz)
Makazole Mapimpi (Cell C Sharks)

Utility Backs:
Kurt-Lee Arendse (Vodacom Bulls)
Frans Steyn (Toyota Cheetahs)
Damian Willemse (DHL Stormers)

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