South Africa are heading for the northern hemisphere for a series of games which will determine whether or not 2017 will be deemed a success. On paper, only being beaten by the All Blacks so far this year is an acceptable return, considering that they faced off against France, Argentina and Australia.
However, the two draws with the Wallabies won’t look so impressive if they don’t manage to pick up wins against Ireland, France, Italy or Wales over the coming months.
Allister Coetzee has named his squad for the tour, and there are some interesting inclusions.
Four uncapped players have been included; Warrick Gelant, Lukhanyo Am, Louis Schreuder and Dan du Preez.
Meanwhile, Eben Etzebeth captains the side, eager to banish the memories of a disappointing November tour in 2016.
South Africa squad for upcoming internationals:
Forwards: Uzair Cassiem, Lood de Jager, Ruan Dreyer, Dan du Preez, Jean-Luc du Preez, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Eben Etzebeth, Steven Kitshoff, Siya Kolisi, Francois Louw, Wilco Louw, Malcolm Marx, Bongi Mbonambi, Oupa Mohoje, Franco Mostert, Tendai Mtawarira, Trevor Nyakane, Coenie Oosthuizen, Chiliboy Ralepelle.
Backs: Lukhanyo Am, Curwin Bosch, Andries Coetzee, Ross Cronje, Damian de Allende, Warrick Gelant, Elton Jantjies, Jesse Kriel, Dillyn Leyds, Rudy Paige, Handre Pollard, Raymond Rhule, Louis Schreuder, Courtnall Skosan, Francois Venter.
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