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Wiese in South Africa squad for World Cup

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Jasper Wiese has been included in South Africa's final World Cup squad, announced today. 

Wiese will journey to his first World Cup with the Springboks after a typically destructive season for Tigers, the No.8 being named the Rugby Players Association (RPA) Player's Player of the year for the 2022/23 season. 

The back-row made his debut for the 'Boks in 2021, coming on as a substitute against Georgia. He has subsequently earned 22 caps for the country, including starting in a recent victory over Southern Hemisphere rivals Argentina and in the Rugby Championship fixture against New Zealand.

Handré Pollard has been played 'on standby' for the squad as he continues his rehabilitation from a calf injury.

This will be the third World Cup for the fly-half, having travelled with the squad in 2015 as a 21 year old before starring in Japan in 2019, kicking 22 points in the final as the Springboks lifted the Webb Ellis Cup for the third time.

South Africa have two more warm-up matches to go, away to Wales (August 19) and at home to New Zealand (August 25) before the tournament begins in France with a bruising group stage for the Southern Hemisphere side. Their pool-stage fixtures begin with a clash against Scotland (September 10) before games against Romania (September 17), Ireland (September 23) and Tonga (October 01).