Two times Rugby World Cup Champions, South Africa team will be heading to England for playing 2015 world cup beginning from 18th September. Jean de Villiers will be leading Proteas team in the tournament. In the 31-member South African squad, there are 9 players who have already played world cup before and won it.
Springbok is placed in the Pool B of competition along with Samoa, Japan, United States and Scotland. While announcing the squad, South African coach Meyer mentioned that it was difficult for him to pick final 31-players for the prestigious event.
Coach said, “Every single player in our wider group worked incredibly hard and to cut the squad to 31 was probably the most difficult selection I’ve faced in my coaching career. In the end, the selectors decided the 31 players named were the best we have at the moment but that is not to say any of the others won’t have a role to play, with injuries a reality in our game.”
The Springbok team composition looks balanced in terms with experience and young blood. JP Pietersen, De Villiers, Habana, Bismarck, Ruan Pienaar, Fourie du Preez and Jannie du Plessis were the part of 2007 world cup winning African side. Schalk Burger and Matfield have represented Springbok in previous three world cups.
“I think the squad has a great balance between youth and experience while keeping together the core of the team that did the country proud in the last few years. We also have a number of players who know what it takes to win a World Cup and their knowledge will be very valuable,” Mr. Meyer added.
Let’s have a look at the complete South Africa rugby roster for world cup 2015.
South Africa RWC Squad
|Pieter-Steph du Toit||Jean de Villiers (Captain)|
|Schalk Brits||Bryan Habana|
|Willem Alberts||Fourie du Preez|
|Siya Kolisi||Rudy Paige|
|Lood de Jager||Pat Lambie|
|Victor Matfield||Morné Steyn|
|Bismarck du Plessis||Ruan Pienaar|
|Schalk Burger||Jesse Kriel|
|Frans Malherbe||Damian de Allende|
|Jannie du Plessis||Zane Kirchner|
|Coenie Oosthuizen||JP Pietersen|
|Adriaan Strauss||Handré Pollard|
|Duane Vermeulen||Willie le Roux|
|Eben Etzebeth||Lwazi Mvovo|
South Africa will be playing their opening match of 2015 world cup on 19th September against Japan at Brighton Community Stadium in Brighton.