New Springboks Captain Named As 8 Uncapped Players Included For France Series
South Africa head coach Allister Coetzee has named Warren Whiteley as the new Springboks captain as he called up eight uncapped players for their June Test series against France.
Lukhanyo Am, Andries Coetzee, Ross Cronje, Dillyn Leyds, Raymond Rhule, Courtnall Skosan, Ruan Dreyer and Lizo Gqoboka have all been added while there are recalls for Frans Steyn. Jan Serfontein, Francois Hougaard, Duane Vermeulen, Coonie Oosthuizen and Chiliboy Ralepelle.
In naming his squad, Coetzee added that the national selectors rewarded form, but a number of players were also not considered due to injury.
“Warren has been one of the outstanding leaders in South African rugby for many years,” said Coetzee.
“He is respected by his team-mates and opposition alike and has a lot of experience when it comes to captaincy, having led the Emirates Lions with great authority for many seasons. He is resilient, copes well under pressure and makes good decisions.”
South Africa Squad for June Series with France
Lood de Jager, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Ruan Dreyer, Eben Etzebeth, Steven Kitshoff, Siya Kolisi, Jaco Kriel, Frans Malherbe, Malcolm Marx, Bongi Mbonambi, Oupa Mohoje, Franco Mostert, Tendai Mtawarira, Lizo Gqoboka, Coenie Oosthuizen, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Duane Vermeulen, Warren Whiteley.
Lukhanyo Am, Andries Coetzee, Ross Cronje, Damian De Allende, Francois Hougaard, Elton Jantjies, Jesse Kriel, Dillyn Leyds, Rudy Paige, Raymond Rhule, Jan Serfontein, Courtnall Skosan, Frans Steyn.