South Africa recall Kolisi for Tests with Ireland

South Africa have recalled two-time World Cup-winning captain Siya Kolisi for next month's Test series against Ireland.

The 33-year-old was not considered for selection for South Africa's win over Wales last weekend because he is based in Europe with France club Racing 92.

But the loose forward, who led the Springboks to the World Cup in 2019 and 2023, is one of 39 players named by coach Rassie Erasmus for the series against the Six Nations champions.

South Africa and Ireland meet in sold-out Tests in Pretoria on 6 July and in Durban seven days later, with the world champions also facing Portugal in Bloemfontein on 20 July.

Erasmus has said he prefers Springbok captains to be based in South Africa but has not ruled out retaining "exceptional leader" Kolisi.

Fit-again wing Cheslin Kolbe and centre Lukhanyo Am are also in the squad, alongside three uncapped players in hookers Johan Grobbelaar and Jan-Hendrik Wessels as well as number eight Phepsi Buthelezi.

The Springboks have a lengthy injury list that includes prop Steven Kitshoff, locks Jean Kleyn and Lood de Jager, and backs Canan Moodie and Damian Willemse, while number eight Jasper Wiese is suspended.

Wing Kurt-Lee Arendse and loose forward Marco van Staden have also been included following their United Rugby Championship final defeat with the Bulls.