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Experienced prop Beast Mtawarira, scrumhalf Cobus Reinach and promising utility back Curwin Bosch are part of a large contingent Cell C Sharks players included in the extended Springbok squad for their second training camp, from 2 to 4 April in Stellenbosch.

The Durban-based players were not considered for the first training camp, held last month in Johannesburg, because of overseas travel commitments at the start of the Vodacom Super Rugby competition.

The second of three training camps – which are part of the Springboks’ preparation plans for the forthcoming international season – will take place at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport. South Africa will host France in a three-match Castle Lager Incoming Series in June, before the Castle Lager Rugby Championship gets underway in August.

The Springbok selectors invited a group of 13 Cell Sharks players, 10 each from the Emirates Lions and DHL Stormers as well as eight Toyota Cheetahs players to the three-day camp.

There are no players from the Vodacom Bulls or the Southern Kings in the latest training group as these two franchises are in action abroad. As with the first camp, there are also no overseas-based players included amongst the squad list of 41 players, adhering to Regulation 9 of World Rugby. Lock Franco Mostert is not available for this camp as his wife is due to give birth to their first child.

Injured Springboks Pat Lambie, Uzair Cassiem and Ruan Combrinck have been invited to the camp, but injured players such as Damian de Allende and Jean-Luc du Plessis (both DHL Stormers), who made the trip to the previous camp in Johannesburg, are not required to do so again.

Included amongst the 41 players are another five Young Guns, players all under the age of 23 years who have been earmarked as potential future Springboks. They are Ox Nche (prop, Toyota Cheetahs), Wilco Louw (prop, DHL Stormers), Ruan Ackermann (loose forward, Emirates Lions), EW Viljoen (centre, DHL Stormers) and Bosch (flyhalf, Cell C Sharks).

Allister Coetzee, Springbok coach, said he and his coaching staff are looking forward to continue their preparation work with the extended training squad.

“The first camp was very successful and we managed to cover a lot of our planning and training plans with the group that assembled in Johannesburg. We aim to do the same in Stellenbosch,” said Coetzee.

“This group has a different look to it because of the addition of the Cell C Sharks players, while we are not able to call up players from the Vodacom Bulls and the Southern Kings because they will be abroad when the camp takes place.”

With a third camp planned for May, there is still time for players to catch the attention of the selectors, according to Coetzee: “There is still one more camp to follow after Stellenbosch, so we will keep the door open for players who perform in Vodacom Super Rugby.

“The camp provides another opportunity for us to cast the net wider and also to have a closer look at certain positions. There are a couple of new faces in this group who have shown consistently good form. I also want to thank our franchise and conditioning coaches for their continued collaboration and support,” said Coetzee.

During their three day stay in Stellenbosch, the group will undergo medical and conditioning assessments, attend gym and undertake a couple of field training sessions.

Invited players for the second Springbok camp in Stellenbosch (2 – 4 April):

No Name and surname Position Franchise
*1 Ruan Ackermann Loose forward Emirates Lions
2 Lukhanyo Am Centre Cell C Sharks
3 Clayton Blommetjies Fullback Toyota Cheetahs
*4 Curwin Bosch Flyhalf/Fullback Cell C Sharks
5 Ruan Botha Lock Cell C Sharks
6 Uzair Cassiem Flank Toyota Cheetahs
7 Andries Coetzee Fullback Emirates Lions
8 Ruan Combrinck Wing Emirates Lions
9 Ruan Dreyer Prop Emirates Lions
10 Jean-Luc du Preez Flank Cell C Sharks
11 Pieter-Steph du Toit Lock DHL Stormers
12 Eben Etzebeth Lock DHL Stormers
13 Rohan Janse van Rensburg Centre Emirates Lions
14 Elton Jantjies Flyhalf Emirates Lions
15 Siya Kolisi Flank DHL Stormers
16 Jaco Kriel Flank Emirates Lions
17 Pat Lambie Flyhalf Cell C Sharks
18 Dillyn Leyds Wing DHL Stormers
*19 Wilco Louw Prop DHL Stormers
20 Frans Malherbe Prop DHL Stormers
21 Lionel Mapoe Centre Emirates Lions
22 Malcolm Marx Hooker Emirates Lions
23 Bongi Mbonambi Hooker DHL Stormers
24 Oupa Mohoje Flank Toyota Cheetahs
25 Beast Mtawarira Prop Cell C Sharks
26 Lubabalo Mtembu No 8 Cell C Sharks
27 Lwazi Mvovo Wing Cell C Sharks
*28 Ox Nche Prop Toyota Cheetahs
29 Coenie Oosthuizen Prop Cell C Sharks
30 Etienne Oosthuizen Lock Cell C Sharks
31 Chiliboy Ralepelle Hooker Cell C Sharks
32 Cobus Reinach Scrumhalf Cell C Sharks
33 Raymond Rhule Wing Toyota Cheetahs
34 Seabelo Senatla Wing DHL Stormers
35 Kobus van Wyk Wing Cell C Sharks
36 Jano Vermaak Scrumhalf DHL Stormers
37 Francois Venter Centre Toyota Cheetahs
38 Shaun Venter Scrumhalf Toyota Cheetahs
*39 EW Viljoen Centre DHL Stormers
40 Warren Whiteley No 8 Emirates Lions
41 Fred Zeilinga Flyhalf Toyota Cheetahs

*Indicates Young Guns

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