Boks to face Namibia

A Springbok training XV will take on Namibia as preparation for the British & Irish Lions series.

The Boks were also meant to play against the New Zealand Maori as a warm-up, but the match seems to be abandoned due to a President’s Council ruling that doesn’t allow teams selected on racial lines playing against South African sides.

The team to face Namibia will not officially be known as the Springboks.

‘As there is the possibility that we may have players involved in the Super 14 final on 30 May, the SA Training XV will feature players in the current core group of players who are available, and possibly a few newcomers who have performed consistently well during the Super 14,’ said Andy Marinos, acting MD of SA Rugby.

‘This is part of an extended training squad system similar to what the coach selected ahead of last year’s Inbound Tests, where an assessment on an extended group of players can be made before the finalisation of the final 30-man squad that will line up against the Lions,’ Marinos added.

Bok coach Peter de Villiers hinted that the match will not be up to the standard required in preparation for the Lions series, and that South African players could be used by the Namibians.

‘With the Lions tour starting so soon after the completion of the Super 14 it was important to arrange a practice match to enable us to do some match situation planning with the available players,” said De Villiers.

‘There is even the possibility that I might ask Namibia to include some of our players in their Invitational XV. Namibia plan to invite other international players to take part which will be an added draw card for spectators.’