29 Jul 2008

Du Preez, Fourie back and Matfield still skipper

11:46 am on 29 July 2008

World Cup-winning stars Fourie du Preez and Jaque Fourie have been added to the Springbok squad to face Australia and New Zealand as well as a one-off Test against Argentina.

Also coming back into recognition for the four Tests to be played next month in South Africa is Central Cheetahs wing Jonghi Nokwe.

Halfback Du Preez and centre Fourie were part of the World Cup starting team that won the title in France last year.

They both missed the six Tests played by the Boks under coach Peter De Villiers this year because of injury.

The Boks will again be captained by lock Victor Matfield as regular skipper John Smit is still out of action with a knee injury.

Also back in the squad is hooker Bismarck du Plessis, who takes the place of Schalk Brits. Retained though is Central Cheetahs hooker Adriaan Strauss, who backed up Brits in the Perth showdown 10 days ago.