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La Roche-sur-Yon - South Africa Under-20 coach, Dawie Theron, has shuffled his team for their vital Pool A match at the IRB Junior World Championship against hosts France on Thursday evening at La Roche-sur-Yon.

The match kicks off at 20:45 and will be televised live on SuperSport.

The Junior Springboks are currently top of their pool with 9 points from two matches and need a victory to book themselves a spot in next week’s two semi-finals.

For the match against JWV hosts France, the South Africans will field a new centre combination, a changed halfback pairing and two different props.

Justin Geduld suffered a mild knee ligament sprain against England and will be rested for this match. Depending on his progress, he will be considered for the next match.

Ungerer had a dental procedure during the week and because he also played in the two previous matches, it was decided to give him a well-deserved rest.

Handré Pollard moves from inside centre to flyhalf. Rohan Janse van Rensburg moves into the No 12 jersey alongside his Vodacom Blue Bulls team mate Dries Swanepoel, who will now wear the No 13 jersey.

Robert du Preez moves to the bench to make place for Pollard at No 10 while his provincial team mate Hanco Venter earns his first start of the JWC campaign in place of Stefan Ungerer.

The new props are Sti Sithole and Marné Coetzee and the pair replace Luhan de Bruin and Andrew Beerwinkel. Meanwhile, Devon Martinus (prop) and Percy Williams (scrumhalf) are both included in the match 23 for the first time.

De Bruin was cited for an incident in the previous fixture against England and was not considered for selection for this match while SARU is appealing the sanction.

Coach Theron said it was necessary to change the team after the same match fifteen did duty against the USA and England.

“We played a tough match against England so it is important that we bring in some fresh legs. This match against France is a crucial one for both teams. We cannot afford to lose because there are still a number of teams who can grab the four semi-final spots.

“We know we are going to face a very brave and passionate French team. They are under pressure because of their loss against England and also because of the expectations of their home fans.

"They will be highly motivated so we will have to be strong and ready for a huge battle,” said Theron.

South Africa: 15. Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Luther Obi,13 Dries Swanepoel, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Hanco Venter, 8 Ruan Steenkamp, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 Dennis Visser, 4 Irné Herbst, 3 Marné Coetzee, 2 Jacques du Toit, 1 Sti Sithole
Substitutes: 16 Andrew Beerwinkel, 17 Mike Willemse, 18 Jannes Kirsten, 19 Aidon Davis, 20 Percy Williams, 21 Robert du Preez, 22 Jesse Kriel, 23 Devon Martinus



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