Fourie back in his familiar jersey
Fourie du Preez is back in the Springbok squad for their home games in the Rugby Championship. Ten overseas-based players will be members of the 30-man squad that will do duty for the Springboks in the Rugby Championship, which kicks off with the Boks playing against Argentina at the FNB Stadium in Joburg on August 17. Among the men who ply their trade overseas is veteran scrumhalf Fourie du Preez, who returns to the Bok setup for the first time since the 2011 World Cup.
The other players who play in Europe, or are headed that way, are Zane Kirchner, Bryan Habana, Morné Steyn, Jano Vermaak, Ruan Pienaar, Francois Louw, Juandré Kruger, Chiliboy Ralepelle and Gurthro Steenkamp. Steenkamp is also back in the Bok fold after missing the June Tests, but did feature for Heyneke Meyer’s team on the November tour of Ireland, England and Scotland.
The majority of the squad played in June, with only Du Preez, Steenkamp and a fit-again Duane Vermeulen coming into the side. With Pierre Spies injured and not able to play rugby again until next year, Meyer breathed a sigh of relief that first first choice No 8 Vermeulen is fit again.
Along with Fourie, they boast 102 Tests worth of experience between the two of them, have been part of successful teams before and will be able to share a lot of knowledge with the younger players around them.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The Star