Cape Town – Forwards trio Marcell Coetzee, Juandre Kruger and Eben Etzebeth will all make their Springbok debuts on Saturday after being named in the starting XV for the first Test against England in Durban. Kick-off is at 17:00.
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Coenie Oosthuizen will also earn his first cap, although he plays off the bench.
Zane Kirchner won the battle for selection at fullback ahead of Patrick Lambie, who was named on the bench.
Frans Steyn, who was based in France, but will join the Sharks next month, starts at inside centre.
It was also confirmed that Bismarck du Plessis will be the vice-captain to Jean de Villiers in South Africa’s first international since last year’s Rugby World Cup.
15 Zane Kirchner, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jean de Villiers (captain), 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Beast Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Coenie Oosthuizen, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Keegan Daniel, 20 Ruan Pienaar, 21 Pat Lambie, 22 Wynand Olivier