Springbok convener of selectors Peter Jooste has said form Currie Cup players would make the squad to play Ireland and England.
Jooste told Die Volksblad that 30 players would tour and that those who had excelled in the Absa Currie Cup would be considered for selection. He insisted the national squad was not a closed shop and said the selectors would use the three test matches to introduce new players to the national set-up, while giving established stars a rest.
Those senior players said to be staying at home include Victor Matfield, who missed the 2002 end of year tour because of injury. The Boks didn’t win a test, losing to France, Scotland and England by record margins in every test.
Jooste has often made remarks in the past, most notably in declaring Solly Tyibilika would start the Tri Nations, only for Bok coach Jake White to do the opposite. So it is debatable whether or not Jooste is simply paying lip service to the media to keep the wolves at the door until selection of the national squad is confirmed after the October 14 Currie Cup final.
For now there is some kind of hope for those on the fringe of national selection. They at least have something to play for in the next three weekends, which is more than they had during the Super 14, when form counted for very little as far as national selection was concerned.