JOHANNESBURG, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Days after being released back to his English club Wasps, fullback Willie le Roux was recalled on Sunday to play for South Africa in their Rugby Championship clashes against Australia and world champions New Zealand over the next fortnight.
The recall means Le Roux has a chance to reach the milestone of 50 Springbok caps on the last day of this year’s southern hemisphere competition.
Le Roux was last week released to go back to England, along with Saracens flanker Francois Louw, after the narrow away win over New Zealand in Wellington, but coach Rassie Erasmus had a change of mind and named the utility back in the squad for Saturday’s match against the Wallabies at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth and the Oct. 6 clash against the All Blacks at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.
Erasmus added five more players to the squad on Sunday, including sevens speedster Ruhan Nel, who receives a call-up after his strong performances for Western Province in the domestic Currie Cup competition.
He is joined in the squad by fellow centre Lionel Mapoe, winger Sibusiso Nkosi, Ivan van Zyl (scrumhalf) and the Saracens prop Vincent Koch (prop).
“Ruhan comes with a lot of international experience with the Blitzboks and he has performed consistently well for Western Province, so it will be good to see how he operates in the Bok environment,” said Erasmus.
Forwards: Schalk Brits (unattached), Pieter-Steph du Toit, Eben Etzebeth, Steven Kitshoff (all Stormers), Vincent Koch (Saracens), Siya Kolisi (captain), Wilco Louw, Frans Malherbe (all Stormers), Malcolm Marx (Lions), Bongi Mbonambi (Stormers), Franco Mostert (Lions), Tendai Mtawarira (Sharks), Sikhumbuzo Notshe (Stormers), RG Snyman, Marco van Staden (both Bulls), Warren Whiteley (Lions)
Backs: Faf de Klerk (Sale Sharks), Aphiwe Dyantyi (Lions), Andre Esterhuizen (Sharks), Elton Jantjies (Lions), Willie le Roux (Wasps), Cheslin Kolbe (Toulouse), Jesse Kriel (Bulls), Lionel Mapoe (Lions), Ruhan Nel (Western Province), Sibusiso Nkosi (Sharks), Embrose Papier, Handre Pollard, Ivan van Zyl (all Bulls), Damian Willemse (Stormers). (Reporting by Mark Gleeson, editing by Clare Fallon)