Flip still available for Springboks

Date published: July 9 2015

World XV lock Flip van der Merwe will be keen to to show he can still play at Test level when he faces the Springboks on Saturday.

Van der Merwe, who joins Top 14 outfit Clermont after the Rugby World Cup, will start on the bench against the Boks at Newlands and he insisted he will be out to prove to Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer that he made a mistake to leave him out of his 49-man preliminary squad for the Rugby Championship, when he gets on to the park in Cape Town.

When the first Springbok training squad was named in May, Van der Merwe was a surprise omission and Meyer revealed that it was the player's choice not to be selected.

But Van der Merwe is adamant that is not the case and wants to return to the Bok fold.

“There’s been a bit of a communication misunderstanding somewhere," said the 30-year-old who has played in 35 Tests for South Africa.

"We’ll see after Saturday. Heyneke has said the door is open to everyone, and if you’re good enough you can get selected,” said the former Bulls lock.

“I know Heyneke is a busy man in a World Cup year. Ultimately rugby is an easy game. If you’re good enough you will be selected. 

"So that’s my job, just to be good enough, and then the rest is up to me.”