Warrick Gelant and Dan du Preez will get their first starts for the Springboks in the final Test of 2017, against Wales at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday.

The inclusion of the exciting Gelant is one of five changes to the starting line-up announced by Springbok coach Allister Coetzee on Thursday for the last match of the Castle Lager Outgoing Tour.

Gelant was impressive when he came on as second-half replacement against Italy last week for his Springbok debut and has replaced Courtnall Skosan on the left wing for his first start.

There are four changes amongst the forwards. Steven Kitshoff replaces the experienced Tendai Mtawarira, who is suffering from a groin injury and not available for selection.

Malcolm Marx has shrugged off his shoulder problem and takes over the hooker duties from Bongi Mbonambi, who moves to the bench.

Siya Kolisi is back in the side after missing the Italy Test because of paternal leave, and he comes in for Francois Louw on the side of the scrum, while Du Preez will also earn his first start in the No 8 jersey as the replacement for Duane Vermeulen.

Louw, Vermeulen and Franco Mostert (lock) are back at their overseas clubs and not available because this match falls outside the World Rugby Test window.

Meanwhile, the uncapped duo of Lukhanyo Am (centre) and Louis Schreuder (scrumhalf) will join Mbonambi on the bench as two of a number of changes amongst the replacements, with Uzair Cassiem, Oupa Mohoje and Ruan Dreyer also included in the in the matchday squad.

Coetzee said the squad has prepared well for the contest against Wales.

“We expect another grueling contest against a strong Welsh team,” said Coetzee.

“It is another opportunity for this side to develop and grow, playing at the Principality Stadium in front of a passionate crowd of more than 65,000. It will be a different challenge altogether this week – Wales are renowned for their passing game and their width on attack.”

Regarding the shuffles in his team, the Bok coach said: “Dan gets the chance to start and he fits into the plan for Saturday.

“Warrick is an elusive runner, he used his opportunity last week and I am looking forward to see him getting a start on Saturday.

“It is great to welcome Malcolm back, however, Bongi did a superb job against Italy and I expect the same performance from him when he comes on later in the game.”

The battle for lineout possession will again be a key factor on Saturday, and in this regard Coetzee said: “I decided to select two loose forwards onto the bench because Pieter-Steph du Toir can cover lock, while Oupa and Uzair each have a skills set that can fit into different roles when needed.”

Eben Etzebeth will captain the Springbok team for the 11th time this season, playing in his 67 international match for South Africa.

The Springbok team to play against Wales in Cardiff is:

15. Andries Coetzee, Emirates Lions – 12 caps, 0 points
14. Dillyn Leyds, DHL Stormers – 8 caps, 5 points (1 try)
13. Jesse Kriel, Vodacom Bulls – 28 caps, 35 points (7 tries)
12. Francois Venter, Toyota Cheetahs – 6 caps, 5 points (1 try)
11. Warrick Gelant, Vodacom Bulls – 1 caps, 0 points
10. Handré Pollard, Vodacom Bulls – 25 caps, 206 points (2 tries, 35 conversions, 39 penalty goals, 3 drop goals)
9. Ross Cronje, Emirates Lions – 9 caps, 10 points (2 tries)
8. Dan du Preez, Cell C Sharks – 2 caps, 0 points
7. Pieter-Steph du Toit, DHL Stormers – 31 caps, 20 points (4 tries)
6. Siya Kolisi, DHL Stormers, – 27 caps, 20 points (4 tries)
5. Lood de Jager, Vodacom Bulls – 35 caps, 20 points (4 tries)
4. Eben Etzebeth (captain), DHL Stormers – 66 caps, 15 points (3 tries)
3. Wilco Louw, DHL Stormers – 4 caps, 0 points
2. Malcolm Marx, Emirates Lions – 13 caps, 15 points (3 tries)
1. Steven Kitshoff, DHL Stormers – 22 caps, 5 points (1 try)
16. Bongi Mbonambi, DHL Stormers – 13 caps, 5 points (1 try)
17. Trevor Nyakane, Vodacom Bulls – 36 caps, 5 points (1 try)
18. Ruan Dreyer, Emirates Lions – 4 caps, 5 points (1 try)
19. Oupa Mohoje, Toyota Cheetahs – 17 caps, 0 points
20. Uzair Cassiem, Toyota Cheetahs – 7 cap, 5 points (1 try)
21. Louis Schreuder, Cell C Sharks – 0 caps, 0 points
22. Elton Jantjies, Emirates Lions / NTT Shining Arcs (Japan) – 22 caps, 203 points (2 tries, 38 conversions, 38 penalty goals)
23. Lukhanyo Am, Cell C Sharks – 0 caps, 0 points

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  1. Best side this domdoos has picked on tour, still a bad selection. He got nothing to lose. Why not Am into 13. Gelant into 15. Paige into 9 and Botha into 5.

    Mamparras, all.

  2. Fok, did you see that they speculate that Davids (Kings) will take over? I guess Rassie wants somebody that he can control – which makes sense. But donner, is this now the best SARU can buy????

  3. Jacques – everyone knows what is needed and yet these poephols in charge get paid a fortune and positively fkup the Boks.

    Bekke – I rather have Davids any day of the week than this oke. Only thing I don’t understand is why is rassie not taking over.? Smacks of more cowardice – get involved, put name on line.

  4. Nobody wants the poison chalice…

    It was the same when Meyer resigned in shame

    We shold have done what NZ did to Henry. Reel him in. give him a severe talking to, threaten him about his 2007 Bulls and then given him another four years.

    EVERYONE seems to forget that in the previous hunt for a coach SARU couldn’t find anyone willing to take the job.

  5. In Beeld this morning this waste of excrement says he chose Galant because Galant has “X” Factor…


    X Factor?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    You want X Factor

    Elton Jantjes

    Cobus Reinach

    Ruan Combrinck

    Travis Ishmael

    What that lying sonofabitch wants is robots… who do exactly as he commands…


  6. Typical Toetie logic: Gelant does well at fullback, so much so that Toetster calls him up for the Boks. Then proceeds to play him on the wing. dash

  7. All you cucks above too afraid to call out Mahoje at lock. Currie Cup level blind-sider chosen out of position at lock over the best lock (and captain) in South Africa namely Ruan Botha. What a absolute joke this Bok side and coach has become.

  8. How morbid. AC to be dispatched immediately after. SARU are such sadists to not ease him off a year ago. Pity the RW play by play archivist who has to witness this gallows march.

  9. Kitshoff Marx wilco yster mahoje (far far better than de jäger) and du Preez – maybe pollard and gelant

    The rest should not be in Bok colours.

    As for the coach – get him out now. Gdam useless – should’ve been fired after 3 matches when Ireland nearly beat us. we can’t have this clueless fool destroying our rugby any longer. Get a coach with a ‘can-fucking-do’ attitude who knows the sa players are the best – not these iffeminate fat fools who already got their 101 excuses lined up. And I don’t know if rassie is right either – sounds like a cushy organiser. Get a foreigner who still knows what the Bok heritage about. I give up.

  10. @bryce_in_oz: Sweet mother of evil I never even saw that!!!!

    I think my mind was so appalled it split my personality in horror at the thought that Oupa plays international rugby…

    It was awful I never even saw him on the field till I saw him shaking someone’s hand.