Boks bank on fit Bismarck, Lood

2015-10-21 09:00
Bismarck du Plessis (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Despite not training with the team on Tuesday, Bismarck du Plessis and Lood de Jager are likely to be included in the Springbok starting team to face the All Blacks in the RWC semi-finals on Saturday.

The duo were injury casualties following last week’s 23-19 quarter-final win over Wales, and did not take part in Tuesday’s training as a precautionary measure.

Du Plessis suffered a hand injury, while De Jager bruised a tendon in his foot.

Should they be included in the team named by coach Heyneke Meyer on Wednesday, the Bok starting team is likely to be unchanged.

Lock Victor Matfield has also recovered from his hamstring injury and may feature off the bench in place of Pieter-Steph du Toit.

Meyer will name his side at 11:00 (SA time) on Wednesday.

Likely Springbok team to face New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday (17:00):

15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Fourie du Preez (captain), 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Jannie du Plessis, 19 Victor Matfield, 20 Willem Alberts, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein

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