Ten Springboks commit future to South Africa
November 12, 2013
Bismarck du Plessis will stay in South Africa until 2015 at least © Getty Images
The Springboks have received a huge boost ahead of Sunday's Test against Scotland with news 10 of their frontline players have penned new deals to keep them in South Africa until the end of 2015.
Boks captain Jean de Villiers has committed his future to South Africa while there are also contracts for Jannie du Plessis and brother Bismarck, who had been heavily linked with a move to France.
Flanker Willem Alberts has extended his contract while there are also deals for Eben Etzebeth (lock), Siya Kolisi (loose forward), Tendai Mtawarira (prop), Frans Steyn (utility back), Adriaan Strauss (hooker) and Duane Vermeulen (No.8).
"This is all part of our long-term planning to ensure we retain key Springboks in South Africa as we prepare for the Rugby World Cup in England in 2015," South Africa Rugby Union CEO Jurie Roux said. "The door is by no means shut for any other players to be awarded national contracts for the next two seasons.
"To us, it's important to do what is best for the Springboks and South African rugby. We are doing everything in our power to keep players in South Africa and reward them accordingly."
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