South Africa call on Warrick Gelant, Lukhanyo Am , Louis Schreuder and Dan du Preez for Europe tour
Last Updated: 29/10/17 12:13pm
South Africa have named four uncapped players in their squad to tour Europe next month.
Coach Allister Coetzee has looked to add some dynamism to his sides back-line play with the addition of full-back Warrick Gelant, centre Lukhanyo Am and scrumhalf Louis Schreuder, while No 8 Dan du Preez also gets a call-up with regular skipper Warren Whiteley unavailable through injury.
Other players to return to the side after missing the 24-25 loss to New Zealand in their final Rugby Championship clash earlier this month are props Coenie Oosthuizen and Tendai Mtawarira, as well as loose forward Uzair Cassiem.
"This squad reflects consistency and continuity, while we also rewarded players who have constantly shown good form this season," Coetzee said.
"Warrick and Lukhanyo are two examples of players who have excelled in the season so far. Its great to have them in the squad and I look forward to working with them."
Coetzee said the squad for the trip, which starts on November 11 against Ireland, had been selected with half an eye on the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
"With the World Cup now less than two years away, this demanding tour gives us another very good opportunity to keep on building depth and experience," he added.
"Eight new players were capped so far this season and a total of 19 new international players (have) made their Springbok debuts since the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
"Our process to rebuild the Bok team and steadily work towards the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan is continuing at a good and satisfying pace."
Lock Eben Etzebeth will continue to lead the side in the absence of Whiteley, but the squad will be without Jan Serfontein, who asked not to be considered for the tour as he wants to settle in at French club Montpellier.
Siya Kolisi will return to Cape Town after the Test against France in Paris on November 18 as his wife, Rachel, is due to give birth the following week.
He will not be available for the Test against Italy on November 25 in Padua, but will re-join the group for the final tour match in Cardiff against Wales the following week.
Players who are contracted to overseas clubs - lock Franco Mostert, loose forward Francois Louw and flyhalf Elton Jantjies - will not be considered for selection for the game against Wales as that match falls outside the international window.
South Africa squad:
Forwards: Uzair Cassiem, Lood de Jager, Ruan Dreyer, Dan du Preez, Jean-Luc du Preez, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Eben Etzebeth, Steven Kitshoff, Siya Kolisi, Francois Louw, Wilco Louw, Malcolm Marx, Bongi Mbonambi, Oupa Mohoje, Franco Mostert, Tendai Mtawarira, Trevor Nyakane, Coenie Oosthuizen, Chiliboy Ralepelle.
Backs: Lukhanyo Am, Curwin Bosch, Andries Coetzee, Ross Cronje, Damian de Allende, Warrick Gelant, Elton Jantjies, Jesse Kriel, Dillyn Leyds, Rudy Paige, Handre Pollard, Raymond Rhule, Louis Schreuder, Courtnall Skosan, Francois Venter.