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Selectors name squad for 2nd Mandela Cup match

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CAPE TOWN. – The national rugby selectors today announced the Springbok squad for the second Nelson Mandela Challenge Test match next week at Ellis Park against the Wallabies.

Lawrence Sephaka, Danie Rossouw and Brent Russell were released and will be allowed to play for their respective provincial teams in the ABSA Currie Cup competition this weekend.

Eddie Andrews and Solomzi Tyibilika were recalled to the squad after missing out on the one-match tour to Australia for the first leg of the Mandela Challenge.

Springbok coach Jake White said players who were not selected for the Ellis Park match, will be considered for the 28-man Vodacom Tri-Nations squad.

“The Mandela Challenge match is of great importance to us and we want to deliver a much improved performance against the Wallabies at Ellis Park, where we always get fantastic support. This match also present us with an opportunity to give some of the other players in the squad a run before we start the defence of our Vodacom Tri-Nations trophy,” said White.

The Springbok squad of 27 will assemble on Thursday, 14 July 2005 at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg. The team will practise daily at St John’s College in Houghton.

A full media, PR & Events and training schedule for the Springboks will be issued on Wednesday, 13 July 2005.

The full Springbok squad for the Mandela Challenge at Ellis Park:

No

Name

Province

1

Eddie Andrews

Investec Western Province

2

De Wet Barry

Investec Western Province

3

Bakkies Botha

Vodacom Blue Bulls

4

Gary Botha

Vodacom Blue Bulls

5

Schalk Burger

Investec Western Province

6

Jacques Cronje

Vodacom Blue Bulls

7

Jean de Villiers

Investec Western Province

8

Fourie du Preez

Vodacom Blue Bulls

9

Os du Randt

Vodacom Cheetahs

10

Jaque Fourie

Golden Lions

11

Bryan Habana

Vodacom Blue Bulls

12

Enrico Januarie

Golden Lions

13

Marius Joubert

Investec Western Province

14

Wayne Julies

Golden Lions

15

Victor Matfield

Vodacom Blue Bulls

16

Percy Montgomery

Sharks

17

Breyton Paulse

Claremont Montferrand (Fr)

18

Andre Pretorius

Golden Lions

19

Hanyani Shimange

Investec Western Province

20

John Smit – captain

Sharks

21

Gurthro Steenkamp

Vodacom Blue Bulls

22

Solomzi Tyibilika

Sharks

23

Albert van den Berg

Sharks

24

CJ van der Linde

Vodacom Cheetahs

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