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SA Rugby has reached an agreement with the Namibian Rugby Union for an SA training squad XV to play a Namibian Invitational XV in Windhoek on Friday 29 May 2009.


However, the team will not play as the Springboks as has been reported in the Namibian media.


“Namibia has agreed to arrange a warm-up match in advance of the British and Irish Lions tour in June and July,” said SA Rugby Acting MD, Andy Marinos.


“As there is the possibility that we may have players involved in the Super 14 final on May 30, the SA Training XV will feature players in the current core group of players who are available, and possibly a few newcomers who have performed consistently well during the Super 14,” Marinos said.


“This is part of an extended training squad system similar to what the coach selected ahead of last year’s Inbound Tests, where an assessment on an extended group of players can be made before the finalization of the final 30-man squad that will line up against the British and Irish Lions in the Castle Series,” Marinos added.


Springbok coach Peter de Villiers, who was in Windhoek on Tuesday to finalise arrangements, confirmed that it will be a practice match.


“With the British and Irish Lions tour starting so soon after the completion of the Super 14 it was important to arrange a practice match to enable us to do some match situation planning with the available players ahead of the Castle Series,” De Villiers said.


“There is even the possibility that I might ask Namibia to include some of our players in their Invitational XV,”De Villiers said.


“Namibia plan to invite other international players to take part which will be an added draw card for spectators”.


Sapa Rugbyweek.com

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