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Am and Gelant back up domestic form with Springboks selection

Lukhanyo Am and Warrick Gelant will add attacking dimension to the Springbok squad and uncapped Louis Schreuder and Dan du Preez have also been included for the four-Test challenge up north.

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee has entrusted the core of the Springboks squad that finished third from four in the Rugby Championship.

Eben Etzebeth continues to captain the squad but there’s no place for WP flyhalf Robert du Preez, WP No 8 Nizaam Carr or Lions centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg,

The Springbok tour squad for the 2017 Castle Lager Outgoing Tour to Europe

Forwards (in alphabetical order)

Uzair Cassiem (flank, 26 years, Cheetahs), 6 caps, 5 points (1 try)

Lood de Jager (lock, 25 years, Blue Bulls), 32 caps, 20 points (4 tries)

Ruan Dreyer (prop, 26 years, Golden Lions), 4 caps, 5 points (1 try)

Dan du Preez (No 8, 22 years, Sharks), 0 caps, 0 points

**Jean-Luc du Preez (loose forward, 22 years, Sharks), 10 caps, 10 points (2 tries)

Pieter-Steph du Toit (lock/flank, 25 years, Western Province), 29 caps, 20 points (4 tries)

Eben Etzebeth (lock, 26 years, Western Province), 63 caps, 15 points (3 tries)

Steven Kitshoff (prop 25 years, Western Province), 19 caps, 0 points

Siya Kolisi (flank, 26 years, Western Province), 25 caps, 20 points (4 tries)

Francois Louw (loose forward, 32 years, Bath, England), 54 caps, 40 points (8 tries)

Wilco Louw (prop, 23 years, Western Province), 1 cap, 0 points

Malcolm Marx (hooker, 23 years, Golden Lions), 11 caps, 15 points (3 tries)

Bongi Mbonambi (hooker, 27 years, Western Province), 11 caps, 0 points

Oupa Mohojé (flank, 27 years, Free State Cheetahs), 17 caps, 0 points

Franco Mostert (lock, 26 years, Lions/Ricoh Black Rams, Japan), 15 caps, 0 points

Tendai Mtawarira (prop, 32 years, Sharks), 95 caps, 10 points (2 tries)

Trevor Nyakane (prop, 28 years, Blue Bulls), 34 caps, 5 points (1 try)

Coenie Oosthuizen (prop, 28 years, Sharks), 29 caps, 20 points (4 tries)

Chiliboy Ralepelle (hooker, 31 years, Sharks), 22 caps, 5 points (1 try)

Backs

Lukhanyo Am (centre, 23 years, Sharks), 0 caps, o points

Curwin Bosch (flyhalf, 20 years, Sharks), 1 cap, 0 points

Andries Coetzee (fullback, 26 years, Golden Lions), 9 caps, 0 points

Ross Cronjé (scrumhalf, 27 years, Golden Lions), 6 caps, 10 points (2 tries)

Damian de Allende (centre, 27 years, Western Province), 27 caps, 15 points (3 tries)

Warrick Gelant (fullback, 22 years, Blue Bulls), 0 caps, 0 points

Elton Jantjies (flyhalf, 27 years, Lions/ NTT Shining Arcs, Japan), 20 caps, 198 points (2 tries, 37 conversions, 38 penalties)

Jesse Kriel (centre, 23 years, Blue Bulls), 25 caps, 30 points (6 tries)

Dillyn Leyds (wing, 25 years, Western Province), 5 caps, 0 points

Rudy Paige (scrumhalf, 28 years, Blue Bulls), 11 caps, 5 points (1 try)

Handré Pollard (flyhalf, 23 years, Blue Bulls), 22 caps, 190 points (2 tries, 30 conversions, 37 penalties, 3 drop goals)

Raymond Rhule (wing, 24 years, Free State Cheetahs), 7 caps, 5 points (1 try)

Louis Schreuder (scrumhalf, 27 years, Sharks), 0 caps, 0 points

Courtnall Skosan (wing, 26 years, Golden Lions), 9 caps, 10 points (2 tries)

Francois Venter (centre, 26 years, Free State Cheetahs), 3 caps, 0 points

The Springboks fixtures are:

11 November vs Ireland in Dublin

18 November vs France in Paris

25 November vs Italy in Padova

2 December vs Wales in Cardiff

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