Vincent Koch and Sbu Nkosi return to South Africa squad

The uncapped Blitzbok star Ruhan Nel, Vincent Koch (prop), Sbu Nkosi (wing), Lionel Mapoe (centre) and Ivan van Zyl (scrum-half) have been added to the Springbok squad for their final two Rugby Championship home matches against the Wallabies and the All Blacks.

Front-row Koch is currently starring for Saracens in England but has not played for the Springboks since the 2016 November internationals.

Meanwhile, Nkosi, who was impressive against England in June, has recovered from the ankle injury that stopped him from playing in any Rugby Championship matches so far this year.

Nel, who plays outside for Western Province in the Currie Cup, is included amongst the backs alongside Mapoe.

They will join the 17 players already in camp in Port Elizabeth on Sunday. The Springboks face the Wallabies next Saturday, 29 September in the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. They conclude the Rugby Championship with a return fixture against the All Blacks at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria a week later.

Nel, who plays outside for Western Province in the Currie Cup, is included amongst the backs alongside Mapoe.

Meanwhile, Trevor Nyakane (prop, Blue Bulls) will continue with his conditioning programme under the supervision of the Springbok conditioning and medical staff over the next two weeks.

Rassie Erasmus, SA Rugby’s director of rugby, said he was excited to welcome back players such as Nyakane, Van Zyl, Mapoe and Nkosi, and to work with Nel and Koch.

“Ruhan comes with a lot of international experience with the Blitzboks and he has performed consistently well for DHL WP, so it will be good to see how he operates in the Bok environment,” said Erasmus.

“Trevor and Sbu have been part of the squad earlier in the year and it’s good to welcome them back, while the players who featured for their provinces in recent weeks all got some valuable game time.”