Every game of the British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa will be exclusively live on Sky Sports; fans who don’t have Sky will be able to catch all the action via the NOW streaming service, which offers daily and monthly passes
By Keith Moore
Last update: 04/06/21 2:10 p.m.
Jacques Nienaber will unveil his Springboks squad live on Sky Sports Action from 5.30pm on Saturday, ahead of the British and Irish Lions’ tour of South Africa this summer.
The Springboks will name a 45-man squad to face Georgia in two warm-up tests on July 2 and 9. The team will then stay together until the game between the British and Irish Lions and South Africa A on July 14, after which numbers will be reduced ahead of South Africa’s three-test run against Tourists Warren Gatland.
The opening test against Georgia next month will be the first time the Boks have entered the pitch since they beat England in the World Cup final in November 2019, and will also be Nienaber’s first time. at the helm for one game since taking over from Rassie as head coach. Erasmus, who stepped down from his daily coaching duties to become director of rugby in South Africa.
The team will again be led by Siya Kolisi, who made history as the Boks’ first black captain in June 2018, and then led the team to glory in Tokyo 19 months ago.
Surprise caps are expected to be announced on Saturday, including that of Bulls opener Morne Steyn, who made his Test debut against the Lions in 2009 and won the series for the home side with a last-minute penalty in the second Test. at Loftus Versfeld. The 36-year-old hasn’t played international rugby since October 2016.
Leicester Tigers No.8 Jasper Wiese, who is seen as a potential understudy for World Cup winner Duane Vermeulen, is a potential bolter plying his trade in the Premiership, while some fans in South Africa have called for the inclusion of the Harlequins pilot Tyrone Green. Green’s Quins teammates Andre Esterhuizen and Wilco Louw are said to be part of the talks between Nienaber and Erasmus.
There could also be places for some of Sale’s contingent, with twins Jean-Luc and Daniel du Preez impressive this season, while hooker Akker van der Merwe could hear his name called for the extended squad after retirement. of Schalk Brits at the end of the World Cup.
Van der Merwe’s younger brother Duhan was named to the Gatland Lions squad last month after his blistering debut in the on-wing rugby test match for Scotland.
Many familiar names will also be announced on Saturday, including those of Toulouse Heineken Champions Cup winner Cheslin Kolbe and Montpellier half-backs Handre Pollard and Cobus Reinach, who helped their team win the Challenge Cup last month.
Munster’s pair Damian from Allende and RG Snyman are also expected to be on Springbok’s plans, as is former Ulster back rower Marcell Coetzee.
Watch the South Africa squad’s live announcement on Sky Sports Action from 5.30 p.m. Saturday