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The Springbok team to face Japan should be...

2015-09-16 10:19

Cape Town - It's clear there's little to no consensus on who Heyneke Meyer ought to name in his team to face Japan in their opening Rugby World Cup match on Saturday in Brighton.

Kick-off is at 17:45 SA time.

When asked for their 23-man team, Sport24 readers were divided in heir responses.

The Springbok team will be named at 11:00 SA time on Wednesday.

Bertus Bouwer:

15. lambie, 14. le roux, 13. kriel, 12. de allende, 11. habana, 10. pollard, 9. du preez, 8. vermeulen, 7. louw, 6. burger, 5. de jager, 4. etzebeth, 3. du plessis, 2. brits, 1. beast

16. du plessis, 17. nyakane, 18. malherbe, 19. du toit, 20. alberts, 21. pienaar, 22. de villiers, 23. pietersen

Denys Wolmarans

Some experience and some young player talent. Duanne Vermeulen not fit enough to start the game yet and Rudi Paige to substitute Fourie du Preez at half time.  

1.  Jannie du Plessis, 2.  Bismarck du Plessis, 3.  Tendai Mtawarira, 4.  Victor Matfield, 5.  Eben Etzebeth, 6.  Siya Kolisi, 7.  Francois Louw, 8.  Schalk Burger, 9.  Fourie du Preez, 10 Ruan Pienaar, 11.Bryan Habana, 12.Jean de Villiers, 13.Jesse Kriel, 14.Lwazi Mvovo, 15.Willie le Roux

Reserves: 16.Trevor Nyakane, 17.Schalk Brits, 18.Pieter-Steph du Toit, 19.Duane Vermeulen, 20.Rudy Paige, 21.Pat Lambie, 22.Damian De Allende

Jerome Herdien

Fullback-Patrick Lambie, Wings:Bryan Habana & Lwazi Mvovo, Centres-Damian de Allende & Jesse Kriel, Scrumhalf-Fourie Du Preez, Flyhalf-Handré Pollard, Eigthman:Duane Vermeulen, Flank-Schalk Burger (Captain), Flank- Francois Louw, Lock-Eben Etzebeth, Lock-Lood de Jager, Hooker-Bismarck du Plessis, Prop- Trevor Nyakane, Prop-Frans Malherbe

P. Malan

15. Frans steyn, 14. Jean de Villiers, 13. Jesse kriel, 12. Damien de Allende, 11. Brian Habana, 10. Morne Steyn, 9. Faf de Klerk, 8. Duanne Vermeulen, 7. Ryno Elstadt, 6. Jaco Kriel, 5. Lood de Jager, 4. Eben esthebeth, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Bismark du Pleases, 1. Steven Kitshoff

Replacement: Francois Louw, Pieter steph, Craig burden, Jannie du plessis, Beast, Willie roux, Handre Pollard


1 trevor nyakane, 2 Andrian strauss, 3 vincent koch, 4. Lood De jager, 5 peter-seph de toit, 6 siya kolisi, 7 wellem alberts, 8 schalk burger, 9 rudy paige, 10 patrick lambie, 11 bryan habana, 12 jean de villiers, 13 jesse kriel, 14 lwazi mvovo, 15 zane kitchner

Subs: 16 Schalk britz, 17 beast mtawarira, 18 victor matfield, 19 Francois louw, 20 fourie du preez, 21 morne steyn, 22 damain de allende

Neo Lehobo

1.T Mtawarira, 2.B du Plessis, 3.J du Plessis, 4.E Etzebeth, 5.V Matfield, 6.F Louw, 7.W Alberts, 8.D Vermeulen, 9.F du Preez, 10.H Pollard, 11.B Habana, 12.J de Villiers (c), 13.J Kriel, 14.W le Roux, 15.P Lambie

*The reason why I would start Lambie at fullback and le Roux on the wing is cause with Lambie you know what you're gonna get. Solid, can absorb pressure, reads the game better. While le Roux is a bit too erratic at the back, so rather he starts on the wing where we can still benefit from his X-Factor*

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