Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber has named his 32-man squad to take on Wales, Scotland and England without veteran Morne Steyn, who has retired.
South Africa have named two uncapped players in their 32-man squad for Tests against Wales, Scotland and England next month but will be without veteran flyhalf Morne Steyn, who has retired from international rugby.
Steyn kicked the penalty that won the Springboks the series against the British & Irish Lions in August, but the 37-year-old has called time on his career in the green and gold after 68 Tests to focus on club rugby and spending more time with his family, local media reported.
At the opposite end of the spectrum is a first call-up for lock Salmaan Moerat, who has impressed with the Stormers this year, and joins Durban-based Sharks scrumhalf Grant Williams as the uncapped players in the squad.
Williams has made the cut with experienced No.9 Faf de Klerk out with a hip injury that is likely to see him sidelined into 2022.
“Salmaan has established himself as a talented lock and captain since his younger days in our junior (Springbok) structures and has continued to show his class at senior level,” Bok coach Jacques Nienaber said in a media release from South African Rugby.
“His call-up is well earned, and we are looking forward to witnessing what he adds to the squad. He is also familiar with most of the players in the squad having either played with them or against them, so we have no doubt he will slot in with ease.”
Nienaber has otherwise kept the core of the squad that played the Lions series and in the Rugby Championship, the group that he clearly believes will feature when they defend their title at the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
“We are two years out from the World Cup in France, and we have close to 20 Test matches before we start our defence of the title, so every match will count in terms of building confidence and consistency as a group,” he said.
Nienaber expects the home nations to be fierce competitors, especially after the hotly-contested and at times controversial Lions series.
“England is in fourth place on the world rankings, and Scotland and Wales are in seventh and ninth place respectively, and they are all top-class teams that will want to make a strong statement in front of their home crowds,” he said.
The Boks start their tour against Wales on November 6, before matches in Edinburgh and London on consecutive weekends.
Forwards: Thomas du Toit, Steven Kitshoff, Vincent Koch, Ox Nche, Trevor Nyakane, Joseph Dweba, Malcolm Marx, Bongi Mbonambi, Lood de Jager, Eben Etzebeth, Salmaan Moerat, Marvin Orie, Siya Kolisi, Kwagga Smith, Marco van Staden, Duane Vermeulen, Jasper Wiese, Franco Mostert.
Backs: Herschel Jantjies, Cobus Reinach, Grant Williams, Elton Jantjies, Handré Pollard, Lukhanyo Am, Damian de Allende, Jesse Kriel, Aphelele Fassi, Willie le Roux, Makazole Mapimpi, Sbu Nkosi, Damian Willemse, Frans Steyn.