Toulouse flyer Cheslin Kolbe added to Springbok squad to face Wallabies and All Blacks

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Cheslin Kolbe in action for Toulon

Former Blitzbok and Western Province outside back Cheslin Kolbe has been added to the Springbok squad for the forthcoming Australasian leg of the Rugby Championship as the only uncapped player.

The fleet-footed Kolbe was on Friday named in the 31-man Springbok squad for the two Tests away to Australia and New Zealand. South Africa face the Wallabies on September 8 in Brisbane, and the following week they take on the All Blacks in Wellington.

Rassie Erasmus, the SA Rugby Director of Rugby, has added six players to the squad that returned on Tuesday from Argentina. They are the 24-year-old Kolbe, Jesse Kriel and Damian de Allende (both centres), Ross Cronje (scrumhalf), Schalk Brits (hooker) and Sikhumbuzo Notshe (loose forward).

Kolbe, a former Junior Springbok fullback who was a non-playing member of the 2016 Springbok tour squad to Europe, has established himself as a key backline player for Toulouse since joining the French club from Western Province. He is equally at home out wide on the wing.

According to Erasmus, the new additions give the squad added experience in some areas while also providing him the chance to continue building squad depth for next year’s Rugby World Cup.

De Allende has shrugged off his injury while Cronje, a regular in the Bok starting line-up last year, comes into the squad in a straight rotational switch with Ivan van Zyl, who will be get some game time with his province in the Currie Cup.

“Cheslin has certainly grabbed his opportunities for his French club and he has earned his spot in the squad. He is in good form and we are delighted have him in the group,” said Erasmus.

“Damian was close to full fitness during our recent training camp, while Ross, Jesse and Notshe got some valuable game time while playing for their provinces in the Currie Cup last weekend.”

De Allende and Wilco Louw have been released to play in the Currie Cup for Western Province on Friday evening and will link up with the squad before their departure in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The other players who had been training with the squad but will not travel Down Under, Van Zyl, Lwazi Mvovo, Lionel Mapoe, Marvin Orie and Akker van der Merwe, are also released back to their respective provinces.

“We would like to ensure these players remain match fit and the Currie Cup is the ideal place for them to ensure they don’t get rusty, which is why we decided it would be in their best interest to return to their provinces so that they can be considered for selection,” explained Erasmus.

The Bok squad will assemble on Saturday in Johannesburg and they fly out to Brisbane later on the same day.

The Springbok squad for Australasia (in alphabetical order – name and surname, position, franchise/club, Test caps and points):

Forwards:

Schalk Brits (Hooker, Unattached, 11, 5 – 1t)

Pieter-Steph du Toit (Lock / loose forward, DHL Western Province, 38, 20 – 4t)

Thomas du Toit (Prop, Cell C Sharks, 5, 0)

Eben Etzebeth (Lock, DHL Western Province, 69, 15 – 3t)

Steven Kitshoff (Prop, DHL Western Province, 29, 5 – 1t)

Siya Kolisi (captain – Loose forward, DHL Western Province, 33, 25 – 5t)

Francois Louw (Loose forward, Bath, 59, 45 – 9t)

Wilco Louw (Prop, DHL Western Province, 8, 0)

Frans Malherbe (Prop, DHL Western Province, 21, 0)

Malcolm Marx (Hooker, Xerox Golden Lions, 16, 15 – 3t)

Bongi Mbonambi (Hooker, DHL Western Province, 18, 5 – 1t)

Franco Mostert (Lock, Gloucester, 22, 5 – 1t)

Tendai Mtawarira (Prop, Cell C Sharks, 103, 10 – 2t)

Sikhumbuzo Notshe (Loose forward, DHL Western Province, 4, 0)

RG Snyman (Lock, Vodacom Bulls / Honda Heat, 4, 0)

Marco van Staden (Loose forward, Vodacom Blue Bulls, 1, 0)

Warren Whiteley (No 8, Xerox Golden Lions, 19, 15 – 3t)

Backs:

Lukhanyo Am (Centre, Cell C Sharks, 5, 5 – 1t)

Ross Cronjé (Scrumhalf, Xerox Golden Lions, 10, 10 – 2t)

Damian de Allende (Centre, DHL Western Province, 30, 15 – 3t)

Faf de Klerk (Scrumhalf, Sale Sharks, 16 , 10 – 2t)

Aphiwe Dyantyi (Wing, Xerox Golden Lions, 5, 15 – 3t)

André Esterhuizen (Centre, Cell C Sharks / Sanix Blues, 4, 0)

Elton Jantjies (Flyhalf, Xerox Golden Lions, 26, 215 – 2t, 41c, 41p)

Cheslin Kolbe (Outside back, Toulouse, 0, 0)

Jesse Kriel (Centre, Vodacom Blue Bulls, 32, 45 – 9t)

Willie le Roux (Fullback, Wasps, 46, 55 – 11t)

Makazole Mapimpi (Wing, Cell C Sharks, 3, 15 – 3t)

Embrose Papier (Scrumhalf, Vodacom Blue Bulls, 3, 0)

Handré Pollard (Flyhalf, Vodacom Blue Bulls, 31, 254 – 3t, 46c, 46p, 3d)

Damian Willemse (Flyhalf, DHL Western Province, 2, 0)

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Jack Maddocks making his Test debut against the All Blacks

Depending on how you look at it over the last fortnight, new Wallabies star Jack Maddocks has either been living a dream or a nightmare.

For any young player their dream is to play for their country and to do it in front of your friends and family – and score a try – is even better.

But when that Test debut is against the world champions All Blacks and you end up getting pumped by 40 points two Saturdays in a row – it can all be a bit of a nightmare.

Sport360 spoke to the talented 21-year-old who took us behind the scenes in the lead up to his Test debut in what was a mixture of heaven and hell all rolled into one.

Thursday August 16, Sydney: Maddocks named in 23 to take on the All Blacks

I was surprised at how quickly it all happened but in saying that I wouldn’t say I wasn’t prepared or not ready for the call-up. I felt coming in to the year there was a lot of good outside backs and I’d have to wait for my chance. So it came quicker than expected but as I said before I didn’t feel like I wasn’t ready. I was really excited by the challenge and I wanted to test myself at that level.

Saturday August 18, ANZ Stadium, Sydney: Wallabies vs All Blacks – Bledisloe 1 – Jack’s Test debut

It was pretty surreal. It was in Sydney and it was a special place to do it as I’m a boy from the city. A lot of my friends and family were there for the game. I was on the bench and I when I came on, the good thing was we were still well in the game.

Saturday August 18, ANZ Stadium: 53rd minute of the Test, Maddocks comes on to replace Dane Haylett-Petty

It wasn’t one of those moments when you run out and think ‘Here I am’, I had to get into it straight away. When I came on we had a lineout and it was on the right side so I was involved immediately and my mind was instantly on the job. It didn’t end up finishing the way I would have liked given the defeat, but still, it was an incredible atmosphere out there and something I’ve never experienced before.

Saturday August 18, ANZ Stadium: 66th minute, Maddocks marks his Test debut with a try

It was a bit of a blur to be honest. I think we turned it over (Michael Hooper took an intercept in the Wallabies 22) and I remember thinking, my immediate reaction was to get involved and get around the ball. From there, Bernard (Foley) was running down the full-back and I tried to just offer some support. Bernard dummied to Matt Toomua on the inside then shaped on the outside to me. It was probably one of the easiest tries I’ve scored but it doesn’t mean I won’t remember and cherish it.

Monday August 20, Waiheke Island, near Auckland: Wallabies training camp before Bledisloe 2 at Eden Park

We stayed on Waikheke Island for the week and it was a cool to experience a new way of building up to the game. We were quite isolated and separated from the public and the media, which helped us focus, relax and get prepared properly. We weren’t completely shielded – the players had the chance to get out and do whatever they liked – but there were less distractions.

Friday, August 24, Auckland: Wallabies re-locate to Auckland the day before the game

We got to Auckland on the Friday and I remember walking down the street and there were All Blacks flags flying high up on the street on the telegraph poles. Everywhere I looked were black jerseys. It was quite exciting seeing that and you obviously knew it was going to be a great atmosphere at the ground itself.

Saturday, August 25, Eden Park, Auckland: The Wallabies run on to the field, Maddocks is in the starting XV replacing the injured Israel Folau

I’ve heard a lot about Eden Park when it’s a full venue for a Test match and it lived up to what I was hoping. It was incredibly loud and the supporters were all very passionate.

Singing the national anthem was pretty cool. I think you get more into it when you’re overseas because, in a sense, you’re up against it. I felt very patriotic though singing the national anthem on enemy soil.

I also remember facing the Haka, which was a unique experience having watched it many times before on TV. The noise from the crowd went up a few decibels at the same time, too.

Saturday, August 25, Eden Park: 19:35 – kick off in Bledisloe 2

The game itself was really exciting. The first-half was close and the crowd was a bit quiet, before they came to life a bit more in the second-half.

Obviously it didn’t finish the way we wanted to, but it was still a night to remember. And my mum (Bronwyn) and my best mate’s mum flew over to watch the game which was pretty cool. I got to see them after the game in the stands so that was a good consolation for me.

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during the International Test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and France at Westpac Stadium on June 16, 2018 in Wellington, New Zealand.

All Blacks loosehead prop Joe Moody is to miss the remainder of the Rugby Championship after injuring his thumb in Saturday night’s Bledisloe Cup-winning Test.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “Moods has had an x-ray which has revealed a fracture in his left thumb.”

“He doesn’t need surgery but will be in a cast for six weeks and, unfortunately, will miss the rest of the Rugby Championship.  The good news is he’ll be back in time for the Northern Tour to Japan and Europe.”

With All Blacks replacement prop Jeff Toomaga-Allen carrying an injury, Taranaki and Chiefs prop Angus Ta’avao has been called into the All Blacks squad as a replacement.

Hansen said with Moody injured, fellow All Blacks prop Karl Tu’inukuafe would now cover the loosehead prop position, and so the selectors had opted to bring in a tighthead in Ta’avao.

“Angus had a big season for the Chiefs during the Super Rugby season, was part of a very good Chiefs pack and has made big strides on the technical aspects of his position. We look forward to him joining the squad.”

The All Blacks squad will reassemble in Nelson on Sunday to prepare for the Rugby Championship Test against Argentina on Saturday September 8.

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