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Four Southern Kings players, Chris Cloete, Andisa Ntsila, Lionel Cronje and Makazole Mapimpi, are amongst an extended group of players who have been invited to the third Springbok training camp, from 21 to 23 May in Johannesburg.

At the conclusion of the camp on May 23, the Springbok squad of 31 players for the Castle Lager Incoming Series next month against France will be announced, as well as the 26-man SA ‘A’ squad for their matches against the French Barbarians. Following next week’s announcement, the Springbok squad will gather in Plettenberg Bay from 28 May to 4 June to continue with preparations for the French series.

The latest training camp forms part of the Springboks’ preparation plans for the forthcoming international season and the squad will be based at Montecasino, Fourways. No players from the Toyota Cheetahs were included as they are on tour in New Zealand. As with the first two camps, there are also no overseas-based players amongst the training squad, adhering to Regulation 9 of World Rugby.

Next week’s final training camp in Johannesburg will give Springbok coach Allister Coetzee and his management team a last chance to have a close look at several candidates before the Bok coach announce his first official Springbok group of the year.“As with the previous two camps, this assembly provides another chance for the coaches to cast the net wide and to have another closer look at certain positions,” explained Coetzee.

“There are again some new faces in the wider group who have shown consistently good form during Vodacom Super Rugby and the coaches are looking forward to continue with our preparations with the group. They are knocking hard on the door and will be in contention comes squad selection.

“We will announce the Springbok and SA ‘A’ squads after the camp and I can honestly say that there are still a number of positions up for grabs.”

During their three day stay in Johannesburg the players will undergo medical and conditioning assessments, attend gym and have a couple of field training sessions.

The SA ‘A’ squad will take on the French Barbarians in two matches, in Durban on 16 June and in Johannesburg on 23 June. They will assemble on Wednesday 7 June in Durban.

The extended Springbok squad for the training camp from 21 – 23 May in Johannesburg (in alphabetical order):

No Name and surname Position Province/Franchise
1 Lukhanyo Am Centre Cell C Sharks
2 Ruan Botha Lock Cell C Sharks
3 Chris Cloete Flank EP/Southern Kings
4 Andries Coetzee Fullback Emirates Lions
5 Lionel Cronje Flyhalf Southern Kings
6 Ross Cronje Scrumhalf Emirates Lions
7 Damian de Allende Centre DHL Stormers
8 Lood de Jager Lock Vodacom Bulls
9 Ruan Dreyer Prop Emirates Lions
10 Jean-Luc du Preez Flank Cell C Sharks
11 Thomas du Toit Prop Cell C Sharks
12 Pieter-Steph du Toit Lock DHL Stormers
13 Dewaldt Duvenage Scrumhalf DHL Stormers
14 Eben Etzebeth Lock DHL Stormers
15 Warrick Gelant Fullback Vodacom Bulls
16 Lizo Gqoboka Prop Vodacom Bulls
17 Elton Jantjies Flyhalf Emirates Lions
18 Siya Kolisi Flank DHL Stormers
19 Jaco Kriel Flank Emirates Lions
20 Jesse Kriel Centre/Fullback Vodacom Bulls
21 Pat Lambie Flyhalf Cell C Sharks
22 Dillyn Leyds Wing DHL Stormers
23 Frans Malherbe Prop DHL Stormers
24 Makazole Mapimpi Wing Border/Southern Kings
25 Lionel Mapoe Centre Emirates Lions
26 Malcolm Marx Hooker Emirates Lions
27 Bongi Mbonambi Hooker DHL Stormers
28 Franco Mostert Lock Emirates Lions
29 Tendai Mtawarira Prop Cell C Sharks
30 Sikhumbuzo Notshe Loose forward DHL Stormers
31 Andisa Ntsila Flank SWD/Southern Kings
32 Trevor Nyakane Prop Vodacom Bulls
33 Coenie Oosthuizen Prop Cell C Sharks
34 Chiliboy Ralepelle Hooker Cell C Sharks
35 Jan Serfontein Centre Vodacom Bulls
36 Courtnall Skosan Wing Emirates Lions
37 Jano Vermaak Scrumhalf DHL Stormers
38 Harold Vorster Centre Emirates Lions
39 Warren Whiteley No 8 Emirates Lions
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