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Rossouw and Sephaka head for Dunedin





Vodacom Blue Bulls flanker forward Danie Rossouw will join the Springbok rugby squad on Tuesday in Dunedin after he received the call last night to replace his injured provincial team mate Pedrie Wannenburg.

Wannenburg returned home after he sustained an injury to his lower back during the Springbok’s penultimate training session before the Vodacom Tri-Nations clash with the Wallabies, which the Boks won 22-19 at the Subiaco Oval in Perth.

The imposing Rossouw is the second player to be called up over the past weekend to the Springbok camp. Prop forward Lawrence Sephaka travelled with the national squad from Perth to Sydney today after he was confirmed as replacement for Gurthro Steenkamp.

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The latter sustained a fracture in his right hand and returned home on Sunday morning. The Boks arrived at 8pm on Sunday in Sydney and will depart at 09h10 for Dunedin. The expected time arrival in New Zealand is 14h30 (2 hour time change from Sydney).

The Springboks will hold a press conference at 16h30 (NZ local time). “Both Danie and Lawrence were with us earlier in the season and both are familiar with our set-up and our moves. They will add more cover to the side because we need to be at full strength against the All Blacks,” said Jake White, the Springbok coach.

The Springbok team to face the All Blacks in their last 2005 Vodacom Tri-Nations fixture will be announced at a press conference on Wednesday.

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