Wikus to join Bok squad

Luke Watson and Kabamba Floors have been snubbed again – this time for the Boks’ match against the World XV in December.

The national selectors will instead bring ex-Lions captain Wikus van Heerden over for the game that will celebrate 100 years of Bok rugby and help line the pockets of the SA Players Association (Sarpa). Having been tipped as a stand-in Bok captain before the season began, Van Heerden has played no part in the international season, and recently signed a contract with the Blue Bulls.

Van Heerden will be joined by three Western Province players – De Wet Barry, Bolla Conradie and Selborne Boome – as well as forgotten Boland winger Jongi Nokwe.

Boome last played a Test for the Boks at the 2003 World Cup, while Nokwe was discarded by the Stormers midway though this year’s Vodacom Super 14. Barry played against France this year, before being dropped, while Conradie has fallen behind Fourie du Preez, Ricky Januarie and Ruan Pienaar in the scrumhalf pecking order.

These World XV call-ups will come as some consolation to Western Province, who are only represented by Jean de Villiers in the squad for the Tests against Ireland and England.

Watson has refused to comment on his non-selection, but said he felt very sorry for his team-mates.