BLOEMFONTEIN – South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus has trimmed four players from his potential squad for the Rugby World Cup and named a list of 36 on Sunday to take part in a team-building camp in Bloemfontein this week.
Erasmus hinted that his final 31-man selection for the tournament in Japan, which will be announced on August 26, will be drawn from the players in camp this week, with the remainder on stand-by in case of injury.
The players released from the group that defeated Argentina 24-18 in a one-off test in Pretoria on Saturday are prop Wilco Louw, hooker Scarra Ntubeni, loose forward Marco van Staden and utility back Dillyn Leyds.
The final squad of 31, as well as six stand-by players, will be selected from those in camp, as well as loose forward Marcell Coetzee who has not travelled after leaving the field with concussion at Loftus Versfeld.
Apart from team building exercises, the Bok coaches and conditioning staff will put the players through field sessions and a series of technical activities.