Springboks bring back Duane Vermeulen and Frans Steyn for All Blacks series

Duane Vermeulen, pictured during a scrum in the 2019 World Cup final against England, has been recalled to the Springboks for the 2022 Rugby Championship.

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Duane Vermeulen, pictured during a scrum in the 2019 World Cup final against England, has been recalled to the Springboks for the 2022 Rugby Championship.

Veterans Duane Vermeulen and Frans Steyn will strengthen the Springboks squad for Championship Rugby which kicks off with two Tests against the All Blacks on tour.

Both men were part of the 2019 Rugby World Cup winning squad in South Africa but missed the Springboks’ 2-1 win over Wales earlier this month through injuries.

Number 8 Vermuelen, 36, who has 61 caps since 2012, recently underwent knee surgery while Steyn, a 35-year-old utility back with 71 Test appearances, suffered a hamstring injury in June.

They have recovered enough to be named in an extended 41-man Rugby Championship squad, but World Cup-winning winger Cheslin Kolbe is out with a broken jaw suffered in the third Test against Wales.

As Vermeulen and Steyn return to the fold, they may not be ready in time for the opening test against the All Blacks at Mbombela – Vermeulen’s birthplace – on August 7 (New Zealand time) .

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A statement from South Africa said the next few weeks would be “an opportune time for Bok coaches and medical staff to monitor [Vermeulen and Steyn’s] progress”.

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

“Duane and Frans are both very experienced players and they each have valuable traits that they bring to the playing field, so we are delighted to welcome them into the fold,” said Springboks coach Jacques. Nienaber.

He said the Springboks would “reassess the size of the squad for our tour of Australia and Argentina in the coming weeks”.

IN ONE LOOK

The Springbok squad – led by Siya Kolisi – is:

Accessories: Thomas du Toit (Sharks), Steven Kitshoff (Stormers), Vincent Koch (Wasps), Frans Malherbe (Stormers), Ntuthuko Mchunu (Sharks), Ox Nche (Sharks), Trevor Nyakane (Racing 92).

prostitutes: Joseph Dweba (Stormers), Malcolm Marx (Kubota Spears), Bongi Mbonambi (Sharks).

Locks: Lood de Jager (Wild Knights), Eben Etzebeth (Sharks), Salmaan Moerat (Stormers), Ruan Nortje (Bulls), Marvin Orie (Stormers).

Loose AttackersPieter-Steph du Toit (Toyota Verblitz), Siya Kolisi (Sharks), Elrigh Louw (Bulls), Evan Roos (Stormers), Kwagga Smith (Shizuoka Blue Revs), Jasper Wiese (Leicester Tigers), Duane Vermeulen (Ulster).

Utility fronts: Rynhardt Elstadt (Toulouse), Deon Fourie (Stormers), Franco Mostert (Honda Heat).

Scrumhalfs: Faf de Klerk (Canon Eagles), Jaden Hendrikse (Sharks), Herschel Jantjies (Stormers), Grant Williams (Sharks)>

Half flies: Elton Jantjies (Red Hurricanes), Handre Pollard (Leicester Tigers).

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

Exterior backs: Warrick Gelant (Racing 92), Willie le Roux (Toyota Verblitz), Makazole Mapimpi (Sharks.)

utility backs: Kurt-Lee Arendse (Bulls), Frans Steyn (Cheetahs), Damian Willemse (Stormers).

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