Springboks

Fearless Gelant braces for big stage

2017-12-02 13:02
Warrick Gelant (Getty)

Cape Town - Warrick Gelant's first Test start for the Springboks against Wales on Saturday will come in front of a packed Principality Stadium.

Reports are that there will be 75 000 people at the ground. 

That is a daunting prospect for anyone, let alone a 22-year-old who is on starting debut. 

Gelant, a fullback by trade, will be starting on the left wing for the Boks in their last Test of 2017. 

Speaking to Netwerk24, the Bulls flyer said he would not be distracted by what will surely be the biggest crowd he has ever played in front of.

"I didn't even know there were going to be so many spectators," he said.

"If that's the case, then we still represent many more people than that. We play for every South Africa and we know that we can make or break their weekend.

"When I dreamed of becoming a Springbok, the biggest thing for me was how people are united by 23 players playing a good rugby match.

"That's the biggest thing for me ... to represent people."

Dan du Preez, meanwhile, will also be starting his first Test for the Boks when he wears the No 8 jersey.

Teams:

Wales

15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Hallam Amos, 13 Scott Williams, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Steff Evans, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Aled Davies, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Josh Navidi, 6 Aaron Shingler, 5 Alun Wyn Jones, 4 Cory Hill, 3 Scott Andrews, 2 Kristian Dacey, 1 Rob Evans

Substitutes: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Wyn Jones, 18. Rhodri Jones, 19 Seb Davies, 20 Dan Lydiate, 21 Rhys Webb, 22 Rhys Patchell, 23 Owen Watkin

South Africa

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Warrick Gelant, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Dan du Preez, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Oupa Mohoje 20 Uzair Cassiem, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Lukhanyo Am

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