With the commencement of the Vodacom Super Rugby competition just over a week away, Head Coach Robert du Preez, has announced his final 45-man Vodacom Super Rugby squad as well as a 27-man touring squad, who will depart for Australia on Saturday afternoon.
In announcing his 45-man squad, du Preez said: “The work ethic and spirit that these players brought to our pre-season was incredible and all credit goes to them for the positive energy that has been currently created. We effectively had a 13-week pre-season and there were no excuses at practice sessions or any complaints about being overworked, and as a coaching unit we commend our players for this.”
The squad is:
Backs: Rhyno Smith, Curwin Bosch, Sbu Nkosi, S’bura Sithole, Odwa Ndungane, Lwazi Mvovo, Clement Poitrenaud, Marius Louw, Tristan Blewett, Kobus van Wyk, Lukhanyo Am, Andre Esterhuizen, Jeremy Ward, Johan Deysel, Benhard Janse van Rensburg, Garth April, Inny Radebe, Patrick Lambie (c), Cobus Reinach, Hanco Venter, Rowan Gouws, Michael Claassens.
Forwards: Jacques Vermeulen, Jean Deysel, Jean Droste, Jean-Luc du Preez, John-Hubert Meyer, Tera Mtembu, Keegan Daniel, Khaya Majola, Philip van der Walt, Daniel du Preez, Ruan Botha, Stephan Lewies, Hyron Andrews, Etienne Oosthuizen, Lourens Adriaanse, Beast Mtawarira, Thomas du Toit, Coenie Oosthuizen, Juan Schoeman, Stephan Coetzee, Franco Marais, Chiliboy Ralepelle.