Rugby Championship

7 Boks to face haka for the first time

2016-09-15 11:15
Pieter-Steph du Toit (Gallo)

Cape Town - Seven Springboks will get their haka 'baptism' when they will line up to face the All Blacks for the very first time in Saturday's Rugby Championship clash in Christchurch.

Scrumhalf Faf de Klerk and lock Pieter-Steph du Toit will start their first Test match against the All Blacks while props Lourens Adriaanse and Steven Kitshoff, loose forward Jaco Kriel, hooker Malcolm Marx and lock Franco Mostert could also make their first appearance against New Zealand should they be required as replacements.

What remains to be seen is which version of the haka the All Blacks will use: "Ka Mate" which dates back to 1906 or the more recently introduced "Kapa o Pango" which was first used in 2005, ironically, against the Springboks.

Kick-off at the AMI Stadium is at 09:35 (SA time).

Teams:

New Zealand 

15 Ben Smith 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Joe Moody

Substitutes: 16 James Parsons, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Matt Todd, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Lima Sopoaga, 23 Anton Lienert-Brown

South Africa

15 Johan Goosen, 14 Bryan Habana, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Juan de Jongh, 11 Francois Hougaard, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Willem Alberts, 21 Jaco Kriel, 22 Morne Steyn, 23 Damian de Allende

Any scoreline predictions - or which haka the All Blacks will use? If so, send us an email at mysport@sport24.co.za

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