Franco fronts up

Franco van der Merwe has been called into the Springbok training group as cover for the second row.

Van der Merwe has been called up to the training as a result of both Juandre Kruger and Flip van der Merwe having niggles and being unable to take part in training. Van der Merwe is in Durban, where the training is taking place, and has been involved in previous Springbok training squads.

The training runs until Tuesday morning, following which players will return to their unions to prepare for the two South African derbies to be played this coming weekend.

By Richard Ferguson