De Klerk and Kolbe named to strong South Africa a-squad

Faf De Klerk and Cheslin Kolbe are among the players included in a strong South African “A” squad to face the British and Irish Lions in Cape Town on Wednesday.

Lukhanyo Am leads a nine-man squad that contested the Springboks’ 2019 World Cup final victory over England.

Five players retain their starting places in the 40-9 win over Georgia on July 2 over Willie Le Roux, Pieter-Steph Du Toit, Franco Mostert, Eben Etzebeth and Trevor Nyakane.

The seasoned figure of Morne Steyn was also named to the squad by coach Jacques Nienaber.

The second test against Georgia that was scheduled for last Friday has been canceled due to coronavirus infections at both camps.

While it then emerged over the weekend that a new group of South African players and staff, including captain Siya Kolisi, had tested positive, a significant proportion of the squad were able to take over. training Sunday following six days in isolation and six rounds of PCR tests.

With Nienaber still self-isolating, South African rugby director Rassie Erasmus was in charge of training.

“We are pleased to be able to name a quality squad with a number of experienced players despite the challenges of the past week, which included confining the entire team to their rooms as part of the preventive self-isolation measures of the team, “Nienaber said in a statement on

South Africa A: Willie le Roux; Cheslin Kolbe, Lukhanyo Am, Damian de Allende, Sbu Nkosi; Morné Steyn, Faf de Klerk; Steven Kitshoff, Joseph Dweba, Trevor Nyakane; Eben Etzebeth, Franco Mostert; Marco van Staden, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Jasper Wiese.

Substitutes: Malcolm Marx, Coenie Oosthuizen, Vincent Koch, Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, Rynhardt Elstadt, Herschel Jantjies, Jesse Kriel, Damian Willemse, Kwagga Smith, Elton Jantjies

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