The Springboks squad are set to assemble in Pretoria on Wednesday to resume their preparations for their final Castle Lager Rugby Championship match against Argentina. The clash will take place in Johannesburg, Gauteng on Saturday, 29 July.

This comes after a well-deserved two-day rest following their journey back from New Zealand.

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The same extended group of players for the camp have been retained. This includes scrumhalf Jaden Hendrikse, who was given time off following a family bereavement. Prop Gerhard Steenekamp remains as injury cover for Ox Nche, who is recovering from a pectoral muscle injury. Lock Eben Etzebeth will join his teammates on Sunday following the death of his father.

“We have a settled squad,” said coach Jacques Nienaber.

“Everyone is determined to get back to action and to bounce back following the result against New Zealand.

“We are bitterly disappointed about the defeat, but we’ll take the lessons from that match and implement that as we look forward to our final match in the competition.”

Springboks assemble ahead of Argentina clash
Jacques Nienaber


The match will be the Boks’ final appearance on South African soil in 2023. “Playing such a vital match in front of our supporters is always special,” added Nienaber.

“This match may not only be the decider of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship, but it’s also the last match we play at home before the World Cup.

“That passionate support almost serves as an extra player for us, so we’d like to appeal to SA’s rugby faithful to come out in their green and gold and make this a memorable send-off for us.”


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