Kolisi who’s the 2019 World Cup captain had surgery last month and is questionable for the tournament in France in September and October, but, he is one of 15 players called up for the camp, which runs from May 17 to May 19.
Kolisi appears set to miss South Africa’s fixtures in the Southern Hemisphere Rugby Championship, which begins on July 8 with a match against Australia in Pretoria.
However, he is certainly still a part of coach Jacques Nienaber’s plans. Nienaber stated that the upcoming camp in Durban would involve both on-field and off-field activities.
The Stormers, who play in a United Rugby Championship semi-final this weekend, as well as the majority of overseas-based players, are not invited to the Durban gathering.
Eben Etzebeth, who is rehabilitating from a shoulder injury, has also been invited to the Durban camp. Etzebeth is one among the contenders for the Rugby Championship and maybe the World Cup captaincy.
The captaincy appears to be a key challenge for the Springbok coaching staff. Flyhalf Handre Pollard is the current vice-captain and led the squad against Wales in July, however, he is still a member of English side Leicester.
Prop Steven Kitshoff, who has led the Stormers, South Africa’s most successful franchise this season, is another prospective captaincy candidate.
A second camp will be held from May 29 to 31, with an expected larger group of participants.
“The camps will include both off and on-field sessions and they will offer us a great opportunity to get the building blocks in place for our first full-on training camp in June,” said Nienaber.
The Springboks will begin their official preparations for the Rugby Championship and World Cup with a camp in Pretoria from June 12 to 30, with a substantially larger group of players in attendance.