van Heerden replaces Wannenburg for Bok tour

Peter Jooste, convenor of the national selection panel, has confirmed the call-up of Wikus van Heerden to the Springbok squad in place of the injured Pedrie Wannenburg.

Van Heerden, captain of the Golden Lions and the Cats, will join the Springbok camp later today in Johannesburg.

Vodacom Blue Bulls flanker Wannenburg sustained an ankle injury on Saturday in the Absa Currie Cup final match against the Vodacom Cheetahs in Pretoria.

Van Heerden was on his way to Mozambique for a well-deserved holiday when he received his call to join the Springbok squad.

“Wikus performed consistently well during the Vodacom Super 12 and the Absa Currie Cup competition during the past year. He thoroughly deserves his call-up and now has another chance to prove himself in very good company,” said Jooste.

Van Heerden last played for the Springboks in 2003 when he came on as a first half replacement for the injured Corne Krige against the Wallabies in Brisbane.

He made his debut against Scotland at the start of the 2003 season in Durban and has represented the Springboks in five Test matches.

The Springboks started their preparations today for upcoming end of year Tests against Argentina, Wales and France. The squad leaves on Sunday for Argentina.

The squad is now

Andrews Eddie Investec WP
Botha Bakkies Vodacom Blue Bulls
Botha Gary Vodacom Blue Bulls
Burger Schalk Investec WP
Cronje Jacques Vodacom Blue Bulls
Du Randt Os Vodacom Cheetahs
Matfield Victor Vodacom Blue Bulls
Sephaka Lawrence Lions
Shimange Hanyani Investec WP
Smit John Natal Sharks – Captain
Tyibilika Solomzi Natal Sharks
Rossouw Danie Vodacom Blue Bulls
Smith Juan Vodacom Cheetahs
V/d Berg Albert Natal Sharks
V/der Linde CJ Vodacom Cheetahs
Wikus van Heerden Golden Lions and the Cats

Barry De Wet Investec WP
Chavhanga Tonderai Investec WP
Claassens Michael Vodacom Cheetahs
Conradie Bolla Investec WP
De Villiers Jean Investec WP
Du Preez Fourie Vodacom Blue Bulls
Fourie Jaque Lions
Habana Bryan Vodacom Blue Bulls
Jantjies Conrad Lions
Julies Wayne Natal Sharks
Montgomery Percy Natal Sharks
Pretorius Andre Lions
Players not selected due to injury:

Jaco van der Westhuizen
Enrico Januarie
Guthro Streenkamp
Ashwin Willemse
Marius Joubert
Joe van Niekerk

Breyton Paulse has not selected due to Club Commitments in France

Players on Standby:
Gerrie Britz
Brent Russell

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