Injured Springboks choose Moerat for November testing – .

Injured Springboks choose Moerat for November testing – .

Johannesburg (AFP)

Injured Rugby World Cup-winning South Africa included two unselected players in the lockdown Salmaan Moerat and scrum-half Grant Williams on Tuesday in a 32-man squad for the November tour of Britain .

The Springboks face Wales in Cardiff on November 6, Scotland in Edinburgh seven days later and England in London on November 20.

South Africa beat Wales in the semi-final and England in the final when they won the World Cup for a third time, a record, in Japan two years ago.

Injuries have ruled out a number of stars, including winger Cheslin Kolbe, scrum half Faf de Klerk, prop Frans Malherbe, lock RG Snyman and flanker Pieter-Steph du Toit.

The absence of Munster striker Snyman opened the door for Moerat, who captained the Stormers in the recently launched United Rugby Championship (formerly Pro14).

Under his leadership, the Cape Town team have achieved the best of four South African franchises so far, beating the Dragons in Wales last weekend after drawing a draw with Edinburgh on a four-way tour. matches.

“Salmaan has established himself as a talented padlock and captain since his youth in our junior structures and he has continued to show his class at the senior level,” said coach Jacques Nienaber.

“His call is well deserved, and we can’t wait to see what he adds to the team. He also knows most of the players on the team who have played with or against them. “

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Moerat will compete with top pick Eben Etzebeth and Lood de Jager as well as Marvin Orie and Franco Mostert for second row places.

Williams of the Sharks was one of four scrum-halfs who traveled to Australia last month for the rugby championship but did not get any playing time.

With De Klerk out of the way, he will start the tour third in the pecking order behind Herschel Jantjies and Cobus Reinach.

Jantjies under-studied De Klerk in the World Cup, and Nienaber preferred to take him off the bench this year instead of Reinach.

A surprise omission was Stormers full-back Warrick Gelant, especially considering incumbent Willie le Roux’s poor form during the rugby championship.

Besides Le Roux, Nienaber can choose his full-back from exciting youngsters Aphelele Fassi, Damian Willemse or veteran World Cup winner François Steyn.

After winning the Webb Ellis Trophy, South Africa went 19 months without a test due to the coronavirus pandemic before winning six internationals and losing four this year.

They recovered from a first loss to the British and Irish Lions to win the series 2-1 before losing twice to Australia and winning and losing to New Zealand in the Rugby Championship.

The team will travel to France on Friday for a week-long training camp before moving to Cardiff, where they have lost in their last four visits.


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