Canan Moodie. (Photo by Darren Stewart/Gallo Images)
Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber has called up six players to
his squad for Saturday’s Test against England at Twickenham as a few players left camp to join up with their French and UK clubs following
the match against Italy in Genoa.
South Africa ‘A’ team captain Thomas du Toit, Ntuthuko
Mchunu (both props), Marco van
Staden (flanker), Johan Goosen (flyhalf) and Grant Williams (scrumhalf) will
all join the Boks, while Bulls wing Canan Moodie has recovered
from the hamstring injury that ruled him out of the tour and will also join up
with the team in London.
Vincent Koch, Trevor Nyakane, Jasper Wiese, Cobus Reinach,
Cheslin Kolbe and Andre Esterhuizen returned to their clubs as Saturday’s clash
against England falls out of the international Test window.
“The players who will join us from the SA ‘A’ team all put
up their hands in the midweek games and we are delighted to have them in the
mix this week, while Canan has showed what he can do at Test level, and I am
sure he will be delighted to be back in the squad,” said Nienaber.
“Some of the players were with us on tour until after the
Ireland Test and it was always the plan to recall them at the conclusion of the
SA ‘A’ matches.
“As we said from the outset we wanted as many players as
possible to get game time on this tour as we look ahead to the Rugby World Cup
next year, and we believe the players and the team will benefit from this in
the next few months.”
Looking ahead at the Test against England at Twickenham,
Nienaber said: “We know it is going to be a tough challenge, and as coaches we
have already started turning our attention to that match.
“There are a lot of positives we can take from the Tests
against Italy, France and Ireland, but England will pose a completely different
challenge and we need to be ready for that. We really want to build momentum
and finish the tour on a positive note, so we will work as hard as we can this
week to achieve that.”
The Boks made the journey from Genoa to London on Sunday and
will begin their on-field preparations on Monday.