De Jongh called up by
Springboks to replace Pietersen
sarugby.net 08 Aug 2012 Photosport
The 24-year-old De Jongh made his Springbok debut against Wales in 2010 and has 10 Test caps to his name, the last coming at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand last year.
“We decided to pick Juan as he provides midfield cover, an area where we are perhaps a bit thin now that JP is out,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.
“JP was going to provide cover for us at outside centre, while JJ Engelbrecht and Francois Hougaard can also be used on the wing, especially as Bjorn Basson is out for another six weeks.
“Losing JP is obviously a massive blow as he’s been playing some superb rugby lately, but Juan has also been in good form for the DHL Stormers and was one of the unlucky players to miss out on initial selection.
“It’s great to have Juan involved as he brings new energy with him. This call-up just shows again that no player is ever completely out of the equation.”
De Jongh, who is based in Cape Town, had his first session with the Springboks on Monday afternoon.
Most popular News:
Springboks team to face the All Blacks at Ellis Park02.Oct.2014
Lancaster to coach England until end of the decade02.Oct.2014
All Blacks extend lead over Springboks to 4.48 points02.Oct.2014
Fiji and Scotland name squads for Gold Coast Sevens02.Oct.2014
Hawke’s Bay retain Shield as Wellington relegated01.Oct.2014
Auckland change one ahead of Mooloo clash01.Oct.2014