Rassie Erasmus has named his 35-man squad for the Springboks end-of-year tour.

South Africa Autumn Internationals Squad

South Africa have named an unchanged starting side to the one that beat Scotland in Murrayfield last weekend, however there is one change on the bench with Eben Etzebeth recovering from an injury to replace Lood de Jager.

Wales have won the last three meetings between the two sides however Rassie Erasmus is confident that will change in Cardiff.

“Wales have a formidable squad and their current run of eight unbeaten Tests is proof and also an indication of their good form at the moment,” he said.

“They are a well-balanced and strong side with a great home record so our boys will be in for a massive contest on Saturday.

“We will be desperate to win, and to end the tour on a high would be fantastic for the experience and growth of this squad.”

South Africa team to face Wales in the Autumn Internationals – 24th November 

Willie le Roux; Sbu Nkosi, Jesse Kriel, Damian de Allende, Aphiwe Dyantyi; Handré Pollard, Embrose Papier; Steven Kitshoff, Malcolm Marx, Frans Malherbe, RG Snyman, Franco Mostert, Siya Kolisi (c), Pieter-Steph du Toit, Duane Vermeulen.

Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi, Thomas du Toit, Vincent Koch, Eben Etzebeth, Francois Louw, Ivan van Zyl, Elton Jantjies, Cheslin Kolbe

South Africa team to face Scotland in the Autumn Internationals – 17th November

Willie le Roux, Sbu Nkosi, Jesse Kriel, Damian de Allende, Aphiwe Dyantyi, Handre Pollard, Embrose Papier, Steven Kitshoff, Malcolm Marx, Frans Malherbe, RG Snyman, Franco Mostert, Siya Kolisi (c), Pieter-Steph du Toit, Duane Vermeulen.

Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi, Thomas du Toit, Vincent Koch, Lood de Jager, Francois Louw, Ivan van Zyl, Elton Jantjies, Cheslin Kolbe.

South Africa team to face France in the Autumn Internationals – 10th November

Willie le Roux, Sbu Nkosi, Jesse Kriel, Damian de Allende, Aphiwe Dyantyi; Handré Pollard, Faf de Klerk, Steven Kitshoff, Malcolm Marx, Frans Malherbe, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Franco Mostert, Siya Kolisi (capt), Duane Vermeulen, Warren Whiteley

Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi, Thomas du Toit, Vincent Koch, RG Snyman, Francois Louw, Embrose Papier, Elton Jantjies, Cheslin Kolbe

South Africa team to face England in the Autumn Internationals – 3rd November

Damian Willemse; Sbu Nkosi, Jesse Kriel, Damian de Allende, Aphiwe Dyantyi; Handré Pollard, Ivan van Zyl; Steven Kitshoff, Malcolm Marx, Frans Malherbe, Eben Etzebeth, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Siya Kolisi (capt), Duane Vermeulen, Warren Whiteley.

Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi, Thomas du Toit, Wilco Louw, RG Snyman, Lood de Jager, Embrose Papier, Elton Jantjies, André Esterhuizen.


Rassie Erasmus has named his 35-man squad for South Africa’s end of year internationals against England, France, Scotland and Wales.

There are some huge names returning to the squad due to injury layoffs or club commitments. For example Trevor Nyakane and Lood de Jager come back after long injury absences, and Duane Vermeulen, Franco Mostert, Willie le Roux, and Francois Louw have all been released by their clubs. Additionally, Gio Aplon returns to the squad having not played for the Springboks since 2012.

However Faf de Klerk will play no part because he has not been released by Sale, and as a result Currie Cup winning captain Louis Schreuder has been called up to replace him.

Finally, there are three completely new faces coming into the squad from Currie Cup finalists Western Province; Ruhan Nel, JD Schickerling and Sergeal Petersen.

The Springboks are coming off an up and down Rugby Championship which saw them lose to Argentina and Australia, but they picked up a huge win against New Zealand in Wellington. They also narrowly lost to New Zealand 32-30 in the second contest and truth be told, the Springboks should have won that Test too.

South Africa Autumn Internationals Squad

FORWARDS: Warren Whiteley, Duane Vermeulen, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Francois Louw, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Siya Kolisi (captain), Franco Mostert, Lood de Jager, RG Snyman, JD Schickerling, Eben Etzebeth, Thomas du Toit, Vincent Koch, Wilco Louw, Steven Kitshoff, Frans Malherbe, Trevor Nyakane, Schalk Brits, Malcolm Marx, Bongi Mbonambi.

BACKS: Willie le Roux, Gio Aplon, Damian Willemse, Sergeal Petersen, Aphiwe Dyantyi, Sbu Nkosi, Cheslin Kolbe, Jesse Kriel, Ruhan Nel, Damian de Allende, Andre Esterhuizen, Handré Pollard, Elton Jantjies, Embrose Papier, Ivan van Zyl, Louis Schreuder.

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