Rugby World Cup 2011: South Africa select 18 2007 Cup winners

South Africa celebrate in 2007
South Africa celebrate after beating England 15-6 in the 2007 World Cup final

South Africa have named 18 members of their triumphant 2007 Rugby World Cup party in the squad for the 2011 tournament in New Zealand.

Only full-back Percy Montgomery, prop Os du Randt and injured flanker Juan Smith are missing from the 2007 final starting line-up that beat England.

Back-row forwards Schalk Burger, Francois Luow and lock Johann Muller return from injuries to be included.

Coach Peter de Villiers has picked no uncapped players.

Montgomery and du Randt retired in the wake of the tournament win in France.

The Springboks open their defence in Wellington against Wales on Sunday, 11 September and also face Namibia, Fiji and Samoa in Pool D.


Forwards: Tendai Mtawarira (Sharks), Gurthro Steenkamp (Bulls), John Smit (Sharks, capt), Bismarck du Plessis (Sharks), Chiliboy Ralepelle (Bulls), Jannie du Plessis (Sharks), CJ van der Linde (Lions), Bakkies Botha (Bulls), Victor Matfield (Bulls, vice-capt), Johann Muller (Ulster), Dannie Rossouw (Bulls), Willem Alberts (Sharks), Schalk Burger (Province), Heinrich Brussow (Free State Cheetahs), Francois Louw (Bath), Pierre Spies (Bulls).

Backs: Francois Steyn (Racing Metro), Patrick Lambie (Sharks), JP Pietersen (Sharks), Gio Aplon (Western Province), Jaque Fourie (Province), Jean de Villiers (Province), Juan de Jongh (Province), Bryan Habana (Province), Odwa Ndungane (Sharks), Morne Steyn (Blue Bulls), Butch James (Golden Lions), Fourie du Preez (Bulls), Francois Hougaard (Bulls), Ruan Pienaar (Ulster).