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Boks won’t focus on Tri-Nations

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The Springboks will not focus on winning the Tri-Nations, but solely upon claiming the World Cup this year.

That is what Andy Marinos, Manager of National Teams for the SA Rugby – the commercial arm of the South African Rugby Union, said on Thursday.

With this in mind the Bok management have decided to select a 45-man squad to be used on a rotational basis to play in the seven scheduled Tests before the Boks take on Samoa in their opening game of the World Cup on September 9.

The Boks international season kicks off with a two Test home series against England on May 26, a solitary match against Samoa in Johannesburg and culminated in the four Tri-Nations fixtures.

The problem for the Bok selectors is that they are unable to name a date for the announcement of the squad and camp due to the success of the Bulls and the Sharks in the Super 14 series.

“Because there is a good possibility that the Sharks and the Bulls could reach the semi-finals of the Super 14 we cannot give a date for the announcement of the squad,” said Marinos.

“With a large proportion of the squad coming from those two
teams and the semis scheduled for May 11 and 12 all we can say is that the announcement will be sometime in May.”

What Marinos could confirm was that the Springbok World Cup squad would be announced on July 21.

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