Three uncapped players for first test

228
14
SHARE

S’busiso Nkosi, Aphiwe Dyantyi and RG Snyman will make their Springbok debuts on Saturday when South Africa face England in the opening Test of the Castle Lager Incoming Series in Johannesburg.

The exciting wing pair and imposing young lock were included in a revamped Springbok team for the clash at Emirates Airline Park, which starts at 17h05. The Boks will also be skippered by a new captain in Siya Kolisi.

Saturday’ starting team is a completely revamped combination from the side that lost by a narrow margin to Wales last Saturday in Washington, with only Wilco Louw possibly starting again if Trevor Nyakane is not cleared to play.

Nyakane, who is nursing a rib injury, has been bracketed with Louw and will be given until Friday when a call on his inclusion will be made.

Experienced fullback Willie le Roux and lively scrumhalf Faf de Klerk were included in the starting team, while Duane Vermeulen has been named at No 8. Le Roux, who like De Klerk last played for the Springboks in 2016, provides valuable experience to a new-look back trio with Nkosi and Dyantyi.

De Klerk, who had an outstanding season with English Premiership side Sale Sharks, partners Handré Pollard at halfback, while Vermeulen teams up with Jean-Luc du Preez and captain Kolisi in the loose forward combination.

The uncapped Snyman has been a steady force for the Vodacom Bulls this year and he deservedly earns his first Springbok cap as lock partner to the industrious Franco Mostert, while Pieter-Steph du Toit will play off the bench.

Tendai Mtawarira (prop) is now just one Test away from a century of Springbok caps after he was named to start next to Bongi Mbonambi in the front row.

SA Rugby’s Director of Rugby, Rassie Erasmus, said the Springbok match 23 is an exciting combination.

“We have some good experienced players while there are some really exciting young men who have earned their opportunity to play for the Springboks,” said Erasmus.

“I am especially pleased for the three newcomers, Aphiwe, Sbu and RG, and I am looking forward to see how they will perform in tough Test match conditions against a formidable opponent.”

According to Erasmus his side know what to expect from England, whom he described as a very well-drilled team under the leadership of Eddie Jones.

“England are a top-class, quality side and they will do doubt be very determined to be successful in this series, and with us desperate for success as well it means that the supporters can expect a really good Test match Saturday,” said Erasmus.

“We have prepared as well as we could and the players are looking forward to playing in front of our passionate supporters in Johannesburg.”

The Springbok team to face England in Johannesburg (in order of name, franchise/club, caps and points – tries, penalties, conversions, drop goals):
15. Willie le Roux (Wasps, England, 41, 50 – 10t)
14 S’busiso Nkosi (Cell C Sharks, uncapped)
13. Lukhanyo Am (Cell C Sharks, 1, 0)
12. Damian de Allende (DHL Stormers, 28, 15 – 3t)
11. Aphiwe Dyantyi (Emirates Lions, uncapped)
10. Handré Pollard (Vodacom Bulls, 26, 218 – 3t, 37c, 40p, 3d)
9. Faf de Klerk (Sale Sharks, England, 11, 0)
8. Duane Vermeulen (Unattached, 39, 10 – 2t)
7. Jean-Luc du Preez (Cell C Sharks, 10, 10 – 2t)
6. Siya Kolisi captain (DHL Stormers, 28, 20 – 4t)
5. Franco Mostert (Emirates Lions, 18, 5 – 1t)
4. RG Snyman (Vodacom Bulls, uncapped)
3. Trevor Nyakane (Vodacom Bulls 36, 5 – 1t) / Wilco Louw (DHL Stormers, 6, 0)
2. Bongi Mbonambi (DHL Stormers, 14, 5 – 1t)
1. Tendai Mtawarira (Cell C Sharks, 98, 10, 2 – 1t)
Replacements:
16. Akker van der Merwe (Cell C Sharks, 1, 0)
17. Steven Kitshoff (DHL Stormers, 24, 5 – 1t)
18. Wilco Louw (DHL Stormers, 6, 0) / Thomas du Toit (Cell C Sharks, 1, 0)
19. Pieter-Steph du Toit (DHL Stormers, 33, 20 – 4t)
20. Sikhumbuzo Notshe (DHL Stormers, 1, 0)
21. Ivan van Zyl (Vodacom Bulls, 1, 0)
22. Elton Jantjies (Emirates Lions, 24, 210 – 2t, 40c, 40p)
23. Warrick Gelant (Vodacom Bulls, 2, 5 – 1t)

Facebook Comments
SHARE
avatar
Better known as Bunny, Took over after Pissant went over to the "Dark Side"

14 COMMENTS

  1. Wait for it. Wait for it.

    Not easy to be in Rassie’s position. Damned both ways by the peeps. Especially if he doesn’t pick injured Lions players.

    ReplyReply
  2. No surprises. I’d have gone with some more combinations but that is the nature of the Boks and have always been. I hope for Rassie and bok rugby’s sake we come through and beat the poms.

    ReplyReply
  3. I’m happy with this team. Or course we have some players with dodgy form, but if they click on Saturday then it may be a good Saturday!
    If only we had our best locks, we would not have feared lineouts. As it is, I think the tactic of England to play for territory and attack our dodgy jumpers may pay some dividends (not a fan of Mosterd, and RG disappearing a bit – if only we had Lood there). Big opportunity for Pollard and Die Ellende to show or go.
    Will be good to see how bench reacts – I do not see any real quotas in this team (apart maybe from Kolisi on current form, but he may surprise me!).

    ReplyReply
  4. I hope the Boks win, but I’d bet on England with that team. It’s just too young too win, but I can Rassie building and trying things

    ReplyReply
  5. If that is what Rassie thinks is his best side they’re in for a long season. I mean ffs so many of those players are out-of-form or never in form Bongi for example right off the bat the guy has never had an above average Super season and he did not even play this year. Notshe is another a part of an underwhelming loose-forwad trio that has been carried by their T5… even his own coach has stated he has a physicality and go forward problem at club rugby level let alone the test arena against the might of the English forwards. DDA another… one good game all season, never a test and he is as one dimensional as they come particularly against the dynamic and powerful centres like Farrel…the list goes on before you even start mentioning the zero combo’s in forwards and backs.

    ReplyReply
  6. I can see why the likes of Koche have simply turned their backs on the Springbok and test rugby. Esterhuizen and a few others must be questioning whether they did the right thing by being capped in the sham test.

    ReplyReply
  7. Jones’ game style is much like Saracens… they will be targeting the back three and Am under the high ball… and the Boks T5.

    That PSDT is not starting and Kriel has been dropped (out of the entire 23) for Am is ludicrous. Kriel has outplayed Am in every one of their head-to-head battles.

    ReplyReply
  8. We have prepared as well as we could

    Who is DJ?

    The Lions players are choosing the best option… ducking for Europe and Japan before they get farcical caps that prevent them from playing for a country that values their qualities as players rather than their skin colour.

    From what I see on the streets… it’s like the Vroteas now

    Nobody cares… because like netball and hockey everyone can see the fix is in… ad by that I do not mean the game is pre-decided.

    Aldo I agree BTW… the one GLARING shortcoming was an in form inside center.

    ReplyReply
  9. Should have just gone with Estrhuizen… he has everything Frans has perhaps not the drop goal from distance. Particularly if they were going to be intent to play Am… at the very least it is a combo. If DDA was black I might have understood… disagreed but understood.

    ReplyReply