Veterans boost Province

AJ Venter and Willem de Waal have linked up with the Western Province squad and will join the side on a three day camp in Somerset West.

Province have completed two resounding victories over an East Cape XV and a Namibian XV, but are still lacking some experience when compared to their first Currie Cup opponents, the Sharks. Venter and De Waal will add value in this department, as will Super 14 regulars Ross Skeate and Wylie Human.

Coach Allister Coetzee said he was pleased with side’s progress.

”We have used our two warm up games successfully to provide opportunities to a number of younger players to help ascertain as to whether they are capable of making the step up to Currie Cup rugby. The loss of 18 players to the Springboks, Emerging Boks and also Fiji [Sireli Naqelevuki] has necessitated the need for a camp which will provide an opportunity to knit and focus a competitive group of players and to step up the intensity as we approach our first league fixture against the Sharks in Durban.”

The camp will run from 11-13 June in Somerset West. WP play their first game a week later at the Absa Stadium, and the captain will be announced in the build up.

WP squad:

1. A.J Venter

2. Adriaan Fondse

3. Allister Siegelaar

4. Brok Harris

5. Conraad Britz

6. Dabeon Draghoender

7. Danie Van Der Merwe

8. David Hendricks

9. Deon Fourie

10. Dylan Des Fountain

11. Francois Louw

12. Francois Van der Merwe

13. Gio Aplon

14. Joe Pietersen

15. Justin Melck

16. Mark Goosen

17. P.J Vermeulen

18. Paul Delport

19. Pieter Myburgh

20. Ricardo Croy

21. Rito Hlungwani

22. Ross Skeate

23. Ruaan Du Preez

24. Schalk Ferreira

25. Simon Westraad

26. Terry Jacobs

27. Wikus Blaauw

28. Willem De Waal

29. Wylie Human

30. Zhahier Ryland