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Changes to Springbok side for Aussies test


The Springboks will face the Wallabies on Saturday in Brisbane with a new-look front row, a reshuffled loose trio as well as a different midfield combination following the announcement of the South African match 23 on Thursday.

Rassie Erasmus, SA Rugby’s Director of Rugby, also included uncapped outside back Cheslin Kolbe on the bench, with the former Blitzbok and Junior Springbok speedster set to make his full Test debut should he join the action as a replacement.

Steven Kitshoff and Bongi Mbonambi will form a new-look front row next to Frans Malherbe, while Tendai Mtawarira and Malcolm Marx are set to play off the bench.

Siya Kolisi (captain) returns to the No 6 jersey after playing on the opposite side of the scrum against the Pumas in Durban and Mendoza. Pieter-Steph du Toit will start in the No 7 jersey and Warren Whiteley completes the loose trio at No 8.

Elton Jantjies swaps places at flyhalf with Handré Pollard, who is now amongst the replacements, with Faf de Klerk again performing the scrumhalf duties.

Erasmus also rotated his midfield, which means a first start this year for Damian de Allende, who will resume his centre partnership with Jesse Kriel. Aphiwe Dyantyi and Makazole Mapimpi (wings) and the experienced Willie le Roux completes the rest of the South African backline.

“We are looking for a good response on Saturday against the Wallabies and I am sure that this side will be up to the task,” said Erasmus.

According to the Bok mentor, both sides will be desperate to succeed as a result of their respective results in the previous round of matches.

“Australia, playing at home, will no doubt be highly motivated to bounce back, so we have to be ready for a huge contest,” said Erasmus.

“We have worked hard to rectify our errors of last week and we know the set piece and breakdown battles are going to especially be important. The Wallabies are known for their abilities at the breakdown and we will have to be accurate and disciplined in those areas.”

The Springbok team to play Australia in Brisbane (in order of name, franchise / club, number of caps and Test points):
15 Willie le Roux (Wasps, England), 46, 55 – 11t
14 Makazole Mapimpi (Cell C Sharks) 3, 15 – 3t
13 Jesse Kriel (Vodacom Blue Bulls), 32, 45 – 9t
12 Damian de Allende (DHL Western Province), 30, 15 – 3t
11 Aphiwe Dyantyi (Xerox Golden Lions), 5, 15 – 3t
10 Elton Jantjies (Xerox Golden Lions), 26, 215 – 2t, 41c, 41p
9 Faf de Klerk (Sale Sharks, England), 16, 10 – 2t
8 Warren Whiteley (Xerox Golden Lions), 19, 15 – 3t
7 Pieter-Steph du Toit (DHL Western Province), 38, 20 – 4t
6 Siya Kolisi (captain, DHL Western Province), 33, 25 – 5t
5 Franco Mostert (Xerox Golden Lions), 22, 5 – 1t
4 Eben Etzebeth (DHL Western Province), 69, 15 – 3t
3 Frans Malherbe (DHL Western Province), 21, 0
2 Bongi Mbonambi (DHL Western Province), 18, 5 – 1t
1 Steven Kitshoff (DHL Western Province), 29, 5 – 1t
16 Malcolm Marx (Xerox Golden Lions), 16, 15 – 3t
17 Tendai Mtawarira (Cell C Sharks), 103, 10 – 2t
18 Wilco Louw (DHL Western Province), 8, 0
19 RG Snyman (Vodacom Blue Bulls), 4, 0
20 Francois Louw (Bath, England), 59, 45 – 9t
21 Embrose Papier (Vodacom Blue Bulls), 3, 0
22 Handré Pollard (Vodacom Blue Bulls), 31, 254 – 3t, 46c, 46p, 3d
23 Cheslin Kolbe (Toulouse, France), 0, 0

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  1. What a brilliant team and bench. Only players that don’t belong in this team are Marx and kitshoff

  2. @DavidS:


    I’d rather just play the Lions from 8-14…

    That the form 12 in the land for two seasons and only 25 never even got a look-in for a ‘B’ side is contentious enough.

    Zero ball-players at the break-down… whilst Marx needs a rest arguably, he’s ‘only’ getting a rest because you cannot drop Beast from the front-row without replacing POC for POC and Bongi.

    That Akker VDM is not only not in the squad but playing behind the joke that is Ralepelle says everything about the state of RSA rugby.

    Kind of getting boring criticising this side weekly… arguably the best of a bad bunch all the same.

    I actually find myself sadly hoping they get a whooping from the Aussies…

  3. @Aldo:

    Nah it would be a bit unfair not to add Whiteley, PSDT, Etsebeth and perhaps Faf, WLR, Louw to that list… the rest… yep you’re correct… deserve their place…

  4. @bryce_in_oz:

    For the first time in 18 years of living in Melbourne I am actually enjoying watching a ‘qualifying’ final between two talented, merit selected AFL teams playing in front of 90000 fans on a Thursday week-night such is my disdain for the current state of South African rugby…

  5. Side is stronger than Argentina

    But Marx should have started with Van Staden on bench over Louw.

  6. We should roll Oz with Beale. Easy. Only extreme weak points are token flanker and very poor flyhalve. Boks by 12.

  7. @DJ: LOlyou say that like it’s something to be proud of…

    In 80 years of test rugby against Australia we beat them in Brisbane ONCE….

  8. @DavidS: Proud yes. Was a great game to watch at the stadium.

    Don’t criticise fake news and then spread make up fake facts to suit your OPINION.

  9. @DavidS: And by the way how many stadiums in South Africa has the Aussies and All Blacks have a great record?

    I could say you should wipe the shit out of your eyes, but I think it is rather a case that you should pull your head out of your arse. Even your beard is full of it now.

  10. I’m convinced the Boks will beat the ABs – dunno about the Wobblies – but i just feel the ABs are a ripe for the pickin. They beaten most of the others before even taken to the field – huge confidence – but I think Sa going to bring them down to earth.

  11. Actually it works out well for Aussies Jacques. Folau is undoubtedly a master in the air but his best position is wing not fullback. At the moment I rate DHP above him as a fullback where he would probably move to with a wing coming in.

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