Faf de Klerk and Willie le Roux return to South Africa squad

Faf de Klerk missed the opening game against England at Twickenham
Faf de Klerk missed the opening game against England at Twickenham
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South Africa have received much needed boost ahead of their autumn international clash against France with Sale Sharks scrum-half Faf de Klerk and Wasps fullback Willie le Roux joining the squad.

Both the players missed the opening game of the European tour against England as the clubs did not release them with the game falling outside the traditional Test window.

The absence of de Klerk particularly was felt at Twickenham with Rassie Erasmus opting for Ivan van Zyl and Embrose Papier on the bench with both the players having just nine Tests between them.

Along with de Klerk and le Roux, wings Gio Aplon and Cheslin Kolbe, Francois Louw, lock Franco Mostert and prop Vincent Koch return to the squad for the Saturday's clash.

"It's good to welcome Faf, Willie, Cheslin and the others back into the squad," said Erasmus.

"They have valuable experience and knowledge of European conditions and we are looking forward to working with them again. All of them are available for selection this weekend."

Meanwhile, Erasmus also confirmed that Eben Etzebeth, who sustained a foot injury during the game against England will be given time until Tuesday to prove his fitness.

"The injury is not as bad as we initially thought and we will give Eben time until Tuesday to prove his fitness."

Following their 12-11 defeat to England, the Springboks will face France, Scotland and Wales in the remainder of the campaign on 10th, 17th and 24th November respectively.

 

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