South Africa confirmed the roster for November, with two newcomers

South Africa confirmed the roster for November, with two newcomers

The head coach of South Africa’s Jacques Nienaber named a 32-player team that includes prominent Salmaan Moerat as they prepare for their year-end international matches.

The former SA Schools and Junior Springbok captain thus has his first call-up for South Africa’s senior team before games against Wales in Cardiff (November 6), Scotland in Edinburgh (November 13) and England in London (November 20). ).

Moerat is the only newcomer to Nienaber’s team to have participated in the British & Irish Lions series and the Rugby Championship and will join forces with Eben Etzebeth, Lood de Jager, Franco Mostert and Marvin Orie in a strong second row group.

The only other untested player on the team is scrum half Grant Williams, who traveled to Australia with the Springboks for the Rugby Championship.

The main absentees due to injury from Nienaber’s team are Faf de Klerk (hip flexor), Cheslin Kolbe (knee), Frans Malherbe (neck) and RG Snyman (knee).

Other players not considered for selection include Pieter-Steph du Toit and Rynhardt Elstadt, who are recovering from a shoulder and ankle injury, respectively. The squad is made up of 18 forwards and 14 backs.

“This tour will be exciting but challenging,” Nienaber said.

“The core group of players who played a key role in the series against the British & Irish Lions as well as the Rugby Championship will remain together as we build consistency and continuity in our team with a view to the Rugby World Cup 2023.

“We had to travel to Australia with an expanded team due to strict COVID-19 protocols in the country, but with the easing of travel restrictions to Europe and the UK, we were able to get back to a more manageable touring team.

We are two years away from the Rugby World Cup in France, and we have close to 20 test matches before starting our title defense, so each game will count in terms of building trust and consistency as a group.

“Several players have gotten their hands on the Carling Currie Cup and the first four rounds of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship, which is great for our home game, and while they remain on our radar, we have decided to stick with the core of our 2021 team to this tour. “

Commenting on the loss of some players due to injuries, Nienaber said: “It is always unfortunate to lose players due to injuries, but we have good depth in our team, and these are established players who have proven themselves at the highest level.”

Nienaber was delighted to call Moerat, who has served as co-captain of the Stormers on their United Rugby Championship tour in recent weeks and said that experience and leadership qualities would be valuable as he moves towards the Springbok team.

Salmaan has established himself as a talented second line and captain since his youth in our youth structures. and he has continued to show his class at the senior level for DHL Stormers and DHL Western Province, ”said Nienaber.

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