Rugby Championship

Captain's run deadline for JJ

2013-10-03 07:45
JJ Engelbrecht (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Springbok outside centre JJ Engelbrecht will be given until Friday's captain's run to prove his fitness ahead of the Rugby Championship Test against the All Blacks at Ellis Park on Saturday.

Engelbrecht sustained a knock to the leg in the Boks' 28-8 win over the Wallabies last weekend.

He was picked in the Bok starting team named on Wednesday, but bracketed with Jan Serfontein, who will fill in at outside centre should Engelbrecht fail his fitness test.

Initial talk was that Serfontein would then move to inside centre with skipper Jean de Villiers playing in the No 13 jersey.

However, coach Heyneke Meyer confirmed to the Beeld website that would not be the case as he wants his skipper to remain "close to the action".

Western Province's Juan de Jongh will provide cover on the bench if Engelbrecht fails to recover in time.

In order to win the Rugby Championship, South Africa must beat New Zealand with a four-try bonus point and at the same time prevent the Kiwis from getting any bonus points themselves.

Kick-off is at 17:00 on Saturday.



15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 JJ Engelbrecht/Jan Serfontein, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16, Adriaan Strauss, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Franco van der Merwe, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein/Juan de Jongh

New Zealand:

15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Tony Woodcock

Substitutes: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Ben Franks, 19 Steven Luatua, 20 Sam Cane, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Charles Piutau


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