Springboks announce World Cup squad

(Gianlugi Guercia/AFP)

(Gianlugi Guercia/AFP)

South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus named a 31-man squad in Johannesburg Monday for the Rugby World Cup in Japan between September 20 and November 2.

The Springboks go into the tournament on the back of a winning Rugby Championship campaign, which saw them down Australia, Argentina and force an impressive draw in New Zealand.

Erasmus’ squad for the World Cup contains 17 forwards and 14 backs.

Forwards:

Steven Kitshoff (Stormers), Tendai Mtawarira (Sharks), Schalk Brits (Bulls), Malcolm Marx (Lions), Bongi Mbonambi (Stormers), Vincent Koch (Saracens/ENG), Frans Malherbe (Stormers), Trevor Nyakane (Bulls),  Eben Etzebeth (Stormers), Lood de Jager (Bulls), Franco Mostert (Gloucester/ENG), RG Snyman (Bulls), Siya Kolisi (Stormers, capt), Francois Louw (Bath/ENG), Kwagga Smith (Lions), Pieter-Steph du Toit (Stormers), Duane Vermeulen (Bulls)

Backs:

Warrick Gelant (Bulls), Willie le Roux (Toyota Verblitz/JPN), Cheslin Kolbe (Toulouse/FRA), Sibusiso Nkosi (Sharks), Lukhanyo Am (Sharks), Jesse Kriel (Bulls), Damian de Allende (Stormers), Francois Steyn (Montpellier/FRA), Makazole Mapimpi (Sharks), Elton Jantjies (Lions),  Handre Pollard (Bulls), Herschel Jantjies (Stormers), Faf de Klerk (Sale Sharks/ENG), Cobus Reinach (Northampton Saints/ENG)

Coach: Rassie Erasmus

© Agence France-Presse

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