Eight players from the Vodacom Blue Bulls have been included in the Springbok squad to tour Ireland, Scotland and England in November.
Uncapped Jano Vermaak and Arno Botha has been part of the Springbok squad earlier this year, but is yet to play in a test match, while Lionel Mapoe, who will be on loan to the Vodacom Bulls in next year's Super Rugby series, is also included.
Chiliboy Ralepellle, who missed the entire Castle Rugby Championship because of injury, is back in the squad.
Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer, whose squad assembles in Cape Town on Wednesday, said it was not easy to select the squad in the light of the high number of players unavailable due to injury.
Injured players that had been part of the Springbok squad thus far this year, but were not considered for selection, are Coenie Oosthuizen, Bismarck du Plessis, Tiaan Liebenberg, Andries Bekker, Siya Kolisi,Jacques Potgieter, Pierre Spies, Johan Goosen, Frans Steyn and Bryan Habana. Furthermore, Schalk Burger, Juan Smith and Heinrich Brüssow are still out injured.
“We’ve got a settled core of players that did the job during the England series and The Castle Rugby Championship and we decided to stick with them,” said Meyer.
“Obviously losing so many players to injury, the latest being Coenie, Tiaan, Andries, Jacques and Bryan during the Absa Currie Cup, makes it difficult, but this now provides opportunities for other players.
The Springbok squad for the Castle Outgoing Tour to Ireland, Scotland and England:
Willem Alberts (The Sharks) - Loose forward, 17 Tests
Arno Botha (Vodacom Blue Bulls) - Loose forward, 0
Schalk Brits (Saracens, England) - Hooker, 3
Pat Cilliers (MTN Golden Lions) - Prop, 3
Marcell Coetzee (The Sharks) - Loose forward, 9
Juan de Jongh (DHL Western Province) - Centre, 12
Jean de Villiers (captain, DHL Western Province) - Centre, 81
Jannie du Plessis (The Sharks) - Prop, 39
Eben Etzebeth (DHL Western Province) - Lock, 8
Francois Hougaard (Vodacom Blue Bulls) - Scrumhalf / Wing, 24
Elton Jantjies (MTN Golden Lions) - Flyhalf, 2
Zane Kirchner (Vodacom Blue Bulls) - Fullback, 21
Juandré Kruger (Vodacom Blue Bulls) - Lock , 5
Pat Lambie (The Sharks) - Fullback / Flyhalf, 17
Francois Louw (Bath, England) - Loose forward, 14
Lionel Mapoe (MTN Golden Lions) - Wing / Centre, 0
Tendai Mtawarira (The Sharks) - Prop, 41
Lwazi Mvovo (The Sharks) - Wing, 7
Ruan Pienaar (Ulster, N Ireland) - Scrumhalf, 60
JP Pietersen (The Sharks) - Wing / Centre, 45
Chiliboy Ralepelle (Vodacom Blue Bulls) - Hooker, 21
Raymond Rhule (Toyota FS Cheetahs) - Wing, 0
Gurthrö Steenkamp (Toulouse, France) - Prop, 38
Morné Steyn (Vodacom Blue Bulls) - Flyhalf, 41
Adriaan Strauss (Toyota FS Cheetahs) - Hooker, 18
Jaco Taute (MTN Golden Lions) - Utility back, 2
CJ van der Linde (MTN Golden Lions) - Prop, 73
Flip van der Merwe (Vodacom Blue Bulls) - Lock, 20
Franco van der Merwe (MTN Golden Lions) - Lock, 0
Jano Vermaak (Vodacom Blue Bulls) - Scrumhalf, 0
Duane Vermeulen (DHL Western Province) - No 8, 4