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Boks name 11 uncapped players

JOHANNESBURG (AP) South Africa named 11 uncapped players in a preliminary 39-man training squad on Saturday for its end-of-year tour to Europe, where the under-pressure Springboks will be without injured captain John Smit.

Three uncapped backs, including young flyhalves Patrick Lambie and Elton Jantjies, and eight new forwards are in the group as the world champion looks to shrug off a dismal Tri-Nations campaign in its five-match tour of Britain and Ireland next month.

Smit, who had back surgery last month, prop Gurthro Steenkamp, center Jaque Fourie and long-term absentees Fourie du Preez, Andries Bekker and Heinrich Brussow will all be missing as the Boks attempt to end a run of five defeats in their last six tests.