The Springboks have released Craig Burden, Frans Malherbe, Jacques Potgieter, Jano Vermaak and Lwazi Mvovo to their respective Currie Cup unions.
There will be no Rugby Championship action this weekend, so Bok head coach Heyneke Meyer has decided to let five of his fringe players get a run in the Currie Cup.
The struggling Blue Bulls will be boosted by the returns of scrumhalf Vermaak and flank Potgieter, while the Sharks have hooker Burden and wing Mvovo available. WP get back tighthead prop Malherbe.
Of those five players, only Mvovo got game time during the Boks’ away fixtures against the Wallabies and All Blacks. He came off the bench in the 53rd minute against Australia in Perth.
Front-rower Pat Cilliers would’ve also been released to the Golden Lions, but he’s been ruled out because of injury.
Meyer will announce a squad of 30 players for the Boks’ final two Rugby Championship Tests on Saturday evening, after the Lions-Sharks clash in Johannesburg. The group will meet in Johannesburg on Sunday to start preparations for the fixtures against the Wallabies and All Blacks, which will be played in Pretoria (29 September) and Soweto (6 October) respectively.