Francois Louw selected for South Africa World Cup squad

23 August 2011

Congratulations to Bath Rugby's new signing, Francois Louw, who has been selected for the South Africa Rugby World Cup squad.

Having joined up with his new Bath Rugby teammates just last week, Francois received the call-up and returned to South Africa earlier this week.John Smit will again lead the challenge, and he is supported by 11 other survivors of the victorious 2007 starting XV. Smit is one of six players who will be appearing at their third Rugby World Cup. There are no uncapped players in the squad and all bar three have appeared in this season's Tri-Nations tournament.

The exceptions are looseforwards Schalk Burger and Francois Louw and lock Johann Muller who were ruled out by injury at various stages of the competition. Other 2007 winners, Juan Smith and BJ Botha, were ruled out of selection by injury along with preliminary squad members Andries Bekker and Duane Vermeulen.

"The squad has a backbone of proven title-winning ability and experience as well as a strong component of new stars," said Springbok coach Peter de Villiers.

"Injury has denied us one or two players who could have been very important to us, but I am very happy with the squad we have picked. We have good coverage for every position and front line players who have shown over the past half dozen seasons that they know how to win big games."

The squad has a split of 16 forwards and 14 backs and boasts an average of 40 caps per player with ten of them having made more than a half century of Test appearances, while Pienaar is one short of a half century.

"This squad has the experience and ability to make a strong challenge for the title, but we know it will be very difficult," said De Villiers. "It has been a tough season to date and we have had some challenges with the amount of rugby the players have had to play, but I'm very happy with the squad. We are on target with the off-field plans we set in place before the season started."

South Africa Rugby World Cup squad

Willem Alberts Loose Forward
Gio Aplon Wing
Bakkies Botha Lock
Heinrich Brüssow Loose Forward
Schalk Burger Loose Forward
Juan de Jongh Centre
Jean de Villiers Centre
Bismarck du Plessis Hooker
Jannie du Plessis Prop
Fourie du Preez Scrumhalf
Jaque Fourie Centre
Bryan Habana Wing
Francois Hougaard Scrumhalf
Butch James Flyhalf
Pat Lambie Utility back
Francois Louw Loose Forward
Victor Matfield (vc) Lock
Tendai Mtawarira Prop
Johann Muller Lock
Odwa Ndungane Wing
Ruan Pienaar Scrumhalf
JP Pietersen Wing
Chiliboy Ralepelle Hooker
Danie Rossouw Lock
John Smit (c) Hooker
Pierre Spies Loose Forward
Gurthrö Steenkamp Prop
Frans Steyn Utility back
Morné Steyn Flyhalf

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