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Springboks name 11 uncapped players for summer Tests including double-header against Ireland

South Africa have named 11 uncapped players in an expansive training squad for their upcoming Tests against Ireland, Wales and Portugal.

The world champions take on Andy Farrell's Ireland side on 6 July in Pretoria and on 13 July in Durban.

Former Munster centre Damian de Allende last week said he expects the first clash in Pretoria to be like a "war" as the hosts look to win a first match in four games against Ireland.

Farrell is expected to name his squad next week.

The Springboks also face games against Wales on 22 June in Twickenham and then host Portugal in Bloemfontein on 20 July.

A total of 35 players will begin preparations today in Pretoria for the Springbok's first outing since winning the World Cup last October.

The newcomers are all home-based with Jordan Hendrikse, Quan Horn, Edwill van der Merwe, Morne van den Berg from the Johannesburg-based Lions; Phepsi Buthelezi, Siya Masuku, Ethan Hooker from the Sharks in Durban; and Ben-Jason Dixon, Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu, Neethling Fouche and Andre-Hugo Venter from Cape Town’s Stormers, who lost in Saturday’s United Rugby Championship quarter-final away at Glasgow Warriors.

Players based in Europe will not be considered for the Test against Wales at Twickenham, while no one from the Pretoria-based Bulls, who advanced to next weekend’s URC semi-final against Leinster, was considered for the training squad.

Rugby World Cup-winning out-half Handre Pollard and number 8 Jasper Wiese, who is serving a six-week ban, will be allowed to train, but only be available for selection in July, when the Springboks host Ireland in a battle of one versus two in the world rankings, plus the international against Portugal.

"We selected a group of players featuring a good mix of youth and