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CONFIRMED: Retired hooker called up to Springboks squad

 In a surprise move by Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus on Monday, former Stormers hooker Schalk Brits has been added to the squad for the remaining two Tests against England.

The 37-year-old Brits, who has 10 Test caps and announced his retirement from rugby after completing the season with his English club Saracens recently, has already joined the Bok camp in Bloemfontein on Monday ahead of the second Test on Saturday at the Free State Stadium (5.05pm).



It is unclear if there may be any injury worries with the current hookers in the squad – Bongi Mbonambi, Akker van der Merwe and Chiliboy Ralepelle, although injured first-choice No 2 Malcolm Marx will be sidelined for a few more weeks.

But Erasmus explained in a statement that he wanted to lean on Brits’ experience of English players and conditions to assist the young players in the squad as a whole.


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“We are busy with building experience, continuity and capacity towards the Rugby World Cup, so we want our young players rubbing shoulders with experienced players such as Duane, Vermeulen and Willie le Roux,” Erasmus said.

“I want Schalk to perform a similar role, because he has extensive inside knowledge and plenty of experience from playing for Saracens in the English and European conditions. It’s a great way for our younger guys to learn the trade of international rugby from these guys.”

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