Matt Proudfoot says Springboks' execution needs to improve against Wallabies

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Matt Proudfoot says the Boks must improve their execution

Cheslin Kolbe joined the Springboks for their first training session on Monday in Brisbane, where the South Africans are preparing for Saturday’s Rugby Championship match against the Wallabies.

Kolbe was added to the Springbok squad for the Australasian leg of the competition.

Matt Proudfoot, one of the team’s assistant coaches, said it was good to have Kolbe with the team and that a big part of the Boks’ focus for this week will be their consistency and execution of opportunities.

“We are excited to have Cheslin in the side; I think he deserves his chance in the group because I think he has really performed well (in France for Toulouse),” said Proudfoot.

“I obviously know him well from my coaching days at the Stormers, and he is type of player who can really create something out of nothing.”

The Springboks resumed their preparations for the clash against Australia with some technical sessions at their Brisbane hotel, before heading to the Churchie Grammar School for a field session in the late afternoon.

“We felt we played really well in Durban and let ourselves down in Argentina with our execution, so we are looking for the same consistency and to play with the same level of physicality like in Durban,” said Proudfoot.

“Our execution, whether at breakdown or from set piece, needs to improve across the board.”

Proudfoot added that the Boks know what to expect from the Wallabies: “They will be determine to bounce back and will no doubt be in our faces, so we need to prepare with the same intensity that we can expect from them on Saturday.

“We are in fact two teams looking to bounce back, so I think this game is going to be crucial for both sides, to see how each one responds.

“It will be a tight game played on the advantage line by two sides who will be looking to get on the front foot.”

Rassie Erasmus, SA Rugby’s Director of Rugby, will announce his starting team on Thursday.

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Israel Folau is fit to face the Springboks

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has named three new faces amongst a 31-man squad to face South Africa and Argentina over the next fortnight.

Newly crowned Brumbies Player of the Year Rory Arnold as well as Reds pair Brandon Paenga-Amosa and Caleb Timu will join the Wallabies squad ahead of the Test against South Africa at Suncorp Stadium next Saturday night.

Arnold is yet to feature in 2018 while Paenga-Amosa started all three Tests in the number two jersey against Ireland after impressing for Queensland in Super Rugby.

Timu bounced back to his barnstorming best with a try for Queensland Country in yesterday’s grand final replay against the Canberra Vikings in the National Rugby Championship.

Israel Folau (ankle) has been named in the squad after missing the second Bledisloe Cup Test in Auckland while prop Taniela Tupou (hamstring) is also racing the clock to be fit for Saturday night’s Test against South Africa in Brisbane.

The Wallabies will reconvene on the Gold Coast later today ahead of the clash at Suncorp Stadium before they take on Argentina at Cbus Stadium on the Gold Coast on September 15.

Australia currently sit fourth in the Rugby Championship after back-to-back defeats to New Zealand.

Wallabies 31-man squad for Rugby Championship clashes against South Africa and Argentina (Test caps, Super Rugby side and age)

Forwards

Allan Alaalatoa (25 Tests, Brumbies, 24)

Rory Arnold (15 Tests , Brumbies, 28)

Adam Coleman (25 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 26)

Folau Fainga’a (1 Test, Brumbies, 23)

Ned Hanigan (13 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 23)

Michael Hooper (c) (84 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 26)

Sekope Kepu (96 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 32)

Tolu Latu (8 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 25)

Brandon Paenga-Amosa (3 Tests, Queensland Reds, 22)

David Pocock (71 Tests, Brumbies, 30)

Tatafu Polota-Nau (84 Tests, Leicester, 33)

Tom Robertson (23 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 24)

Izack Rodda (9 Tests, Queensland Reds, 22)

Pete Samu (5 Tests, Brumbies, 26)

Rob Simmons (87 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 29)

Scott Sio (47 Tests, Brumbies, 26)

Caleb Timu (2 Tests, Queensland Reds, 24)

Lukhan Tui (9 Tests, Queensland Reds, 21)

Taniela Tupou (4 Tests, Queensland Reds, 22)

Backs

Tom Banks (1 Test, Brumbies, 24)

Kurtley Beale (76 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 29)

Israel Folau (66 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 29)

Bernard Foley (60 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 28)

Will Genia (92 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 30)

Dane Haylett-Petty (23 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 29)

Reece Hodge (29 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 23)

Marika Koroibete (13 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 26)

Jack Maddocks (2 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 21)

Nick Phipps (66 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 29)

Joe Powell (4 Tests, Brumbies, 24)

Matt Toomua (35 Tests, Leicester/Melbourne Rebels, 28)

*denotes uncapped

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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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