• Promising trio to train with Boks

    Nizaam Carr, Seabelo Senatla and Lizo Gqoboka will train with the Springboks in Cape Town over the next three days.

    Carr has been one of the best loose forwards in South Africa this season, carrying his excellent Super Rugby form for the Stormers into Western Province's Currie Cup campaign.

    Senatla has impressed since making his Currie Cup debut for WP on the wing, while Gqoboka has been playing loosehead prop for the EP Kings.

    'They are three promising young players we’ve identified and we’d like to expose them to the Springbok ethos while also having a look at what they can do in training,' said Bok coach Heyneke Meyer.

    'Lizo has never played Super Rugby and Seabelo has limited exposure to rugby at that level after making a massive impact for the Springbok Sevens team.

    'In the past three years we’ve often had young players train with us. Four members of the Young Guns squad in 2012 have gone on to play Test rugby in Frans Malherbe, Siya Kolisi, Arno Botha and Piet van Zyl, while we’ve also invited Jesse Kriel and Tera Mtembu to training sessions earlier this season.

    'Although these players are not formally part of the Springbok squad, they get to experience what it takes at the top level and we get to work with them, even if it’s only for one or two sessions.'

    Senatla is currently returning from an injury and will not take part in any Springbok field sessions. Carr will train with the Boks on Monday afternoon, while Gqoboka will join the squad for the day on Wednesday.

    Meyer said other players would be given an opportunity to train with the Boks in Johannesburg next week ahead of the match against the All Blacks.

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