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Springboks release players back to their Currie Cup clubs

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Springbok head coach Allister Coetzee has taken the surprising move of releasing a number of players back to their clubs for Currie Cup duty.

The Springboks have lost their last three matches in succession and Coetzee spoke on Sunday about working hard to fix their problems.

Instead of keeping the players training and working on their new game plan Coetzee decided against keeping his players in camp to develop their skills and fitness.

Malcolm Marx (Golden Lions), Lwazi Mvovo (Sharks), Rudy Paige, Trevor Nyakane (both Blue Bulls) and Bongi Mbonambi (Western Province) have therefore been released and can be considered for Currie Cup duty this coming weekend.

All five players were part of the Springbok squad that returned on Sunday to South Africa after twoRugby Championship Tests away to New Zealand and Australia. The reason for the release of these players is that Springbok management feel they will benefit from additional game or training time.

Furthermore, SA Rugby has requested that the following players not to be considered for Currie Cup duty this week: Faf de Klerk ( Golden Lions), Juan de Jongh (Western Province), Oupa Mohoje ( Free State Cheetahs) and Vincent Koch (Pumas). This is because of the players’ workload up to now, however, the final decision rests with the respective provinces.

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