AUCKLAND – Andre Esterhuizen and Marvin Orie are set to join the Springbok squad in Auckland, New Zealand, where the South Africans are preparing for their last match of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship, which takes next Saturday against Argentina in Salta.
Esterhuizen (centre) and Orie (lock) did not travel with the Bok squad to New Zealand after beating the Wallabies in Johannesburg two weekends ago, and Orie was on Currie Cup duty with the Xerox Golden Lions on Saturday.
Following their drawn match in Wellington over the past weekend, the Boks stayed behind in New Zealand rather than fly back to South Africa, which would have resulted in another long haul from Johannesburg to Argentina via Brazil in the next few days.
The Springboks scored a converted try in the last minute of the match against the All Blacks to share the spoils 16-16 in Wellington, and they currently top the Castle Lager Rugby Championship standings with seven points from two matches, one more than holders New Zealand.
The Springboks enjoyed a rest day on Monday following their transfer to Auckland on Sunday, and they will have a team-building exercise on Tuesday with field-training sessions set to resume on Wednesday.