Springboks name first squad of 2011

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James Mortimer     21 Apr 2011     Getty Images

It will be the first of three such camps, leading up to the first official Springbok squad naming on July 2 or 9, pending on how far South African teams go in the Investec Super Rugby final’s series.

Lions wing Lionel Mapoe, Cheetahs scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius and Stormers loose forward Duane Vermeulen have received call ups for the first time, while Elton Jantjies, Charl McLeod, Coenie Oosthuizen and Werner Kruger complete the uncapped players, despite the fact that the latter four appeared for the Springboks against the Barbarians last year.

South African Rugby Union CEO Jurie Roux said co-operation within the Republic enabled the gathering to take place.

"SARU's priority is first and foremost with Springbok preparations in this Rugby World Cup year and with the support of the provinces our national teams department has been able to plan three squad get-togethers during Super Rugby,” he said.

"There are many demands on the Springboks as well as off-field operational matters to be attended to in a Rugby World Cup year and as part of Peter de Villiers' long-term planning he requested that time be made now so that the team can get straight to on-field work once they gather for the first Tests of the year in July," he explained.

Coach Peter de Villiers said limited time between competitions meant it was crucial the players were able to get together for the first time in a international planning session.

"Our first Tri-Nations Test kicks off only two weeks after the Super Rugby Final and I wanted to make sure that we can get straight to work on the field with some quality preparation when we get together and not be compromised by players familiarising themselves with our structures or understanding logistical issues,” he said.

"By the end of this series of camps I hope that any of the players we call on will be familiar with our on and off the field systems and the logistical boxes have all been ticked. These sessions are not about selection now – they're about being ready when we make the final selections."

Provisional Springbok planning group:

Willem Alberts, Gio Aplon, Bjorn Basson, Andries Bekker, Bakkies Botha, Heinrich Brüssow, Schalk Burger, Keegan Daniel, Juan de Jongh, Jean de Villiers, Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Fourie du Preez, Jaque Fourie, Peter Grant, Bryan Habana, Alistair Hargreaves, Francois Hougaard, Adi Jacobs, Elton Jantjies, Ricky Januarie , Ryan Kankowski, Zane Kirchner, Werner Kruger, Pat Lambie, Francois Louw, Bandise Maku, Lionel Mapoe, Victor Matfield, Charl McLeod, Tendai Mtawarira, Waylon Murray, Lwazi Mvovo, Odwa Ndungane, Wynand Olivier, Coenie Oosthuizen, JP Pietersen, Dewaldt Potgieter, Sarel Pretorius, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Danie Rossouw, John Smit, Juan Smith, Pierre Spies, Gurthrö Steenkamp, Deon Stegmann, Morné Steyn, Adriaan Strauss, CJ van der Linde, Flip van der Merwe, Duane Vermeulen.