Boks announce 22-man squad

There were no real surprises yesterday when the Springbok selectors named their squad of 22 players to take on England in the first of two Test matches in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

There were no real surprises yesterday when the Springbok selectors named their squad of 22 players to take on England in the first of two Test matches in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

John Smit will captain the side for a record 39th time.

The team is (caps in brackets): Percy Montgomery (80); Ashwin Willemse (11); Wynand Olivier (12); Jean de Villiers (27); Bryan Habana (25); Butch James (14); Ricky Januarie (15); Danie Rossouw (20); Juan Smith (29); Schalk Burger (27); Victor Matfield (54); Bakkies Botha (31); BJ Botha (6); John Smit (captain - 63); Deon Carstens (4).

Replacements: Gurthro Steenkamp (8); Gary Botha (2); CJ van der Linde (33); Johann Muller (9); Pierre Spies (6); Ruan Pienaar (5), Francois Steyn (3). - Sapa

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