Willem Alberts (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Springbok loose forward Willem
Alberts has been withdrawn from Saturday’s Rugby World Cup opening game against
Japan after injuring his calf during the captain’s run.
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Pieter-Steph du Toit will
start in the No 7 jersey with his place on the bench going to Eben Etzebeth.
“Willem felt some discomfort
during the captain’s run and we took him out of the session as a precautionary
measure,” said Springbok team doctor Craig Roberts.
“We reassessed him again this
morning and decided it would be better to withdraw him from the team.”
result of Alberts’ withdrawal, the starting team now only has a combined total
of 851 Test caps. It is still more than the previous most experienced Springbok
side (836 caps), which played in South Africa’s last Rugby World Cup match
against Australia in Wellington, New Zealand in 2011.
The match against Japan kicks off at 17:45.
15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Bryan Habana, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Pat Lambie, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Schalk Burger, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Lood de Jager, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Eben Etzebeth, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Fourie du Preez, 22 Handre Pollard, 23 JP Pietersen
15 Ayumu Goromaru, 14 Akihito Yamada, 13 Male Sau, 12 Craig Wing, 11 Kotaro Matsushima, 10 Kosei Ono, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Hendrik Tui, 7 Michael Broadhurst, 6 Michael Leitch, 5 Hitoshi Ono, 4 Luke Thompson, 3 Kensuke Hatakeyama, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Masataka Mikami
Substitutes: 16 Takeshi Kazu, 17 Keita Inagaki, 18 Hiroshi Yamashita, 19 Shinya Makabe, 20. Amanaki Mafi, 21 Atsushi Hiwasa, 22 Harumichi Tatekawa, 23 Karne Hesketh