Springboks make 8 changes for Wales Test

Tendai Mtawarira, Bismarck du Plessis, Willie le Roux, Cornal Hendricks and Lwazi Mvovo are back in the Springbok starting line-up for Saturday’s Test against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

The changes in the back three were required because Johan Goosen, Bryan Habana and JP Pietersen were not available this week, while the two changes to the front row were rotational.

Adriaan Strauss, who started at hooker in the victories over England and Italy, moved to the bench, where he would be joined by Trevor Nyakane and Damian de Allende in the only other changes to the match-23.

“This tour has been a good test of our depth and we’re looking forward to see what the team can do on Saturday,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.

“We will face a fired-up Welsh side this weekend. They played very well against New Zealand and it will be a tough end to our season, but we want to finish on a high and the focus this week has been on ensuring we keep on building on what we’ve done thus far this year.

“All the players coming into the team have been part of our squad for most of the season. They know our plans and structures and now it’s about execution on Saturday.”

Injuries and the non-availability of overseas-based players for matches outside the Test window have meant that only three players, Le Roux, Du Plessis and Duane Vermeulen, have played in all 12 Tests for the Springboks in 2014.

In 2013, a total of 10 players featured in each of the 12 Tests.

Le Roux is the only player who has played in every Springbok encounter over the last two seasons, while Du Plessis has missed only one match.

Scrumhalf Rudy Paige picked up a knee injury during training yesterday which will rule him out of action for approximately three to four weeks.

A replacement for Paige in the Springboks’ touring squad would be named at a later stage.

The Springbok team: Willie le Roux, Cornal Hendricks, Jan Serfontein, Jean de Villiers (captain), Lwazi Mvovo, Pat Lambie, Cobus Reinach, Duane Vermeulen, Teboho “Oupa” Mohoje, Marcell Coetzee, Victor Matfield, Eben Etzebeth, Coenie Oosthuizen, Bismarck du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements: Adriaan Strauss, Trevor Nyakane, Julian Redelinghuys, Lood de Jager, Nizaam Carr, Francois Hougaard, Handré Pollard, Damian de Allende.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Who do you think is going to win the 2020 US election?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Biden is going to take it
46% - 7135 votes
It's four more years for Trump
54% - 8232 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
16.22
(-0.30)
ZAR/GBP
21.20
(-0.06)
ZAR/EUR
19.22
(-0.36)
ZAR/AUD
11.59
(-0.36)
ZAR/JPY
0.15
(-0.30)
Gold
1911.54
(+0.36)
Silver
24.78
(+0.42)
Platinum
898.00
(+1.98)
Brent Crude
42.50
(+1.69)
Palladium
2381.49
(+0.77)
All Share
55416.63
(+1.13)
Top 40
50848.91
(+1.14)
Financial 15
10515.15
(+1.34)
Industrial 25
75011.26
(+1.19)
Resource 10
53322.50
(+0.95)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo