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Springboks call up five players, including uncapped provincial hooker Ntubeni

Uncapped Western Province hooker Scarra Ntubeni and provincial team-mate Wilco Louw (prop) have been called up to the Springbok squad in Pretoria where the Boks will be based for the week in preparation for their Test match on Saturday against Argentina.

Meanwhile, three other familiar faces also re-joined the Springbok squad in the capital city – regular Springbok captain Siya Kolisi (WP), fellow loose forward Marco van Staden from the Blue Bulls as well as WP utility back Dillyn Leyds.

The five players joined up with the returning Springbok squad at the team hotel on Monday and later took part in the Springboks’ closed evening training session held at Loftus Versfeld.

The Boks returned to South Africa earlier in the day from Argentina where they were crowned as the 2019 Rugby Championship winners following a comprehensive 46-13 triumph over the Pumas in Salta.

This is a very important week for us and I’m really excited about what we plan to do,” said director of rugby Rassie Erasmus following his team’s victorious return from Argentina.

“We’re determined to build on the momentum we have produced over the past few weekends and we are really looking forward to ticking a few more boxes before we leave for Japan.

“This is the last 80 minutes we will have before reaching Japan and then we have only one match there before playing New Zealand, so this match is very important to the campaign.

“We don’t know what team Argentina will pick but you can be sure they will be going all out to end their pre-Rugby World Cup campaign with a morale-boosting win.

“This is the last chance we’ll have to show the South African public what we can do and after our last game at home against Australia we’re looking for a repeat,” continued Erasmus.

“We’ve felt the country behind us in the past few weeks and we’d like to see them behind us in the stands.”

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Springboks call up five players, including uncapped provincial hooker Ntubeni