Rassie Erasmus has named a 28-man squad for the Springboks’ match against Argentina in Mendoza on Saturday.
Erasmus trimmed the forwards by three players, namely Jean-Luc du Preez (loose forward), Sikhumbuzo Notshe (loose forward) and Marvin Orie (lock). Uncapped flanker Cyle Brink underwent surgery earlier in the week to repair damage suffered to his injured knee.
Squad members Ross Cronjé (scrumhalf), Jesse Kriel (centre) and Lwazi Mvovo (wing) are the three backs not travelling over to South America.
The Springboks have a recovery day on Sunday in Durban, while Siya Kolisi and the squad are due to fly out to Argentina on Monday morning.
Erasmus will announce his match-day squad on Thursday.
Forwards – Thomas du Toit (Prop, Sharks), Pieter-Steph du Toit (Lock/Loose forward, Stormers), Eben Etzebeth (Lock, Stormers), Steven Kitshoff (Prop, Stormers), Siya Kolisi (Captain – Loose forward, Stormers), Francois Louw (Loose forward, Bath, England), Wilco Louw (Prop, Stormers), Frans Malherbe (Prop, Stormers), Malcolm Marx (Hooker, Lions), Bongi Mbonambi (Hooker, Stormers), Franco Mostert (Lock, Gloucester, England), Tendai Mtawarira (Prop, Sharks), RG Snyman (Lock, Bulls/Honda Heat ), Akker van der Merwe (Hooker, Sharks), Marco van Staden (Loose forward, Bulls), Warren Whiteley (No 8, Lions).
Backs – Lukhanyo Am (Centre, Sharks), Faf de Klerk (Scrumhalf, Sale Sharks, England), Aphiwe Dyantyi (Wing, Lions), André Esterhuizen (Centre, Sharks/Sanix Blues, Japan), Elton Jantjies (Flyhalf, Lions), Willie le Roux (Fullback, Wasps, England), Makazole Mapimpi (Wing, Sharks), Lionel Mapoe (Centre, Lions), Embrose Papier (Scrumhalf, Bulls), Handré Pollard (Flyhalf, Bulls), Ivan van Zyl (Scrumhalf, Bulls), Damian Willemse (Flyhalf, Stormers).
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