The Bulls announced that former Springbok winger Cornal Hendricks has joined the Bulls for medical and fitness testing.
With the start of Super Rugby a week away, the Springbok coaching staff and local franchise coaches met for a third time on Wednesday.
Mandela had been serving a lifetime sentence for committing sabotage against South Africa’s apartheid government since June 12, 1964.
Van der Westhuizen died after a long battle with motor neuron disease on Monday.
Springbok legend Joost van der Westhuizen has lost his battle with motor neuron disease. He passed away on Monday afternoon at the age of 45.
The team contains a mix of seasoned professionals, several referees who now have one to two years of Super Rugby behind them and one rookie in former Stormers player Egon Seconds.
Joost van der Westhuizen has been rushed to hospital, and is believed to be in a critical condition.
Blitzbok winger Siviwe Soyizwapi said the structures and systems employed in the Springbok Sevens squad set-up makes it easy for new players to fit in and prosper.
South African rugby has been reviewing their management team after the Springboks finished the year with a 33 percent win rate, one of the worst ever for the side.
Munster boss Rassie Erasmus has distanced himself from reports linking him to a return back to South Africa to coach the Springboks.