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South Africa select Bath Rugby flanker Louw

Bath Rugby flanker Francois Louw has been selected in South Africa’s 31-man squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Louw, who has spent the last four seasons at the Rec, will seek to add to his 36 caps for the Springboks when the competition kicks off next month.

He takes his place in a star-studded squad, led by captain Jean de Villiers who is looking to recover from a broken jaw in time for the big kick-off.

Veteran lock Victor Matfield prepares to feature in his fourth World Cup, while experienced Saracens hooker Schalk Brits is also included.

South Africa line up in Pool B alongside Samoa, Scotland, USA and Japan, taking on the latter first up in Brighton on September 19.
 
South Africa squad:
 
Forwards:
Willem Alberts, Schalk Brits, Schalk Burger, Lood de Jager, Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Eben Etzebeth, Siya Kolisi, Francois Louw, Frans Malherbe, Victor Matfield, Tendai Mtawarira, Trevor Nyakane, Coenie Oosthuizen, Adriaan Strauss, Duane Vermeulen
 
Backs: Damian de Allende, Jean de Villiers (captain), Fourie du Preez, Bryan Habana, Zane Kirchner, Jesse Kriel, Pat Lambie, Willie le Roux, Lwazi Mvovo, Rudy Paige, Ruan Pienaar, JP Pietersen, Handré Pollard, Morné Steyn

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