Cape Town - Tendai Mtawarira, Bismarck du Plessis, Willie le Roux, Cornal Hendricks
and Lwazi Mvovo are back in the Springbok starting line-up for
Saturday’s Test against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
The changes in the back three were required because Johan Goosen, Bryan
Habana and JP Pietersen, who started in last weekend’s victory over
Italy in Padova, are not available this week. The two changes to the
front row are rotational.
Adriaan Strauss, who started at hooker in the victories over England and
Italy, moves to the bench, where he will be joined by Trevor Nyakane
and Damian de Allende in the only other changes to the match-23.
“This tour has been a good test of our depth and we’re looking forward
to see what the team can do on Saturday,” said Springbok coach Heyneke
“We will face a fired-up Welsh side this weekend. They played very well
against New Zealand and it will be a tough end to our season, but we
want to finish on a high and the focus this week has been on ensuring we
keep on building on what we’ve done thus far this year.
“All the players coming into the team have been part of our squad for
most of the season. They know our plans and structures and now it’s
about execution on Saturday.”
Injuries and the non-availability of overseas-based players for matches
outside the Test window have meant that only three players, Le Roux, Du
Plessis and Duane Vermeulen, have played in all 12 Tests for the
Springboks in 2014.
In 2013, a total of 10 players featured in each of the 12 Tests. Le Roux
is the only player who has played in every Springbok encounter over the
last two seasons, while Du Plessis has missed only one match.
It has also been confirmed today that scrumhalf Rudy Paige has picked up
a medial knee ligament injury during training on Tuesday which will
rule him out of action for approximately three to four weeks.
A replacement for Paige in the Springboks' touring squad will be named at a later stage.
15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Pat Lambie, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Teboho “Oupa” Mohoje, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Julian Redelinghuys, 19 Lood de Jager, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Francois Hougaard, 22 Handré Pollard, 23 Damian de Allende