(Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Gallo Images)
(Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Gallo Images)

Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Jamba Ulengo and Uzair Cassiem will make their Springbok debuts against Wales in the Principality Stadium on Saturday, while a fourth uncapped player, Jean-Luc du Preez, has been included on the bench for the final match of the 2016 Castle Lager Outgoing Tour.

Strongly-built inside centre Janse van Rensburg, who takes over from Damian de Allende in a rotational switch, and winger Ulengo, who is in for Bryan Habana, are part of a reshuffled backline announced by Springbok coach Allister Coetzee on Thursday.

Both Janse van Rensburg and Ulengo played for South Africa in the international match against the Barbarians three weeks ago at Wembley Stadium in London, but will now become officially capped Springboks.

Cassiem, who didn’t feature against the Baabaas, will also get his Test debut after Willem Alberts was ruled out because of a neck niggle.

A new-look backline also sees the return of Faf de Klerk (scrumhalf) and Elton Jantjies (flyhalf) as halfback combination, while there is a further change at fullback, with Johan Goosen named to start in the No 15 jersey.

In the other change upfront, Lourens Adriaanse comes in at tighthead in place of Vincent Koch, which means that 14 players who will be based in South Africa for Vodacom Super Rugby in 2017 will start against Wales, with a further seven on the bench.

Coetzee said the revamped side was picked as result of a combination of factors. Apart from rotational changes and injuries, some of the selections were made with the building process towards 2019 in mind. The total amount of caps amongst the backs are 40, the lowest amount since 1994.

“We have a less experienced team, but I want to see some energy and an improved performance. Our selection is also keeping in mind of the process and necessity to build towards 2019,” said Coetzee.

“Uzair was impressive during our domestic competitions and he was man of the match in the Currie Cup final. He made a good impression during the build-up to the Barbarians match and has continued to work hard on this tour since re-joining us.

“Jamba, Uzair and Rohan are examples of players who have forced their way into the squad through consistently performing well on the domestic scene and during training on tour, and now they are getting their opportunities to play for the Boks. Even though Damian played well against England and Italy we felt Rohan deserved an opportunity.

Regarding the change in the front row, the coach added: “Lourens played well whenever he was selected and he too deserves his opportunity.”

Regarding the challenge of facing Wales at home in front of a passionate crowd of 75,000 at the Principality Stadium, Coetzee said he expects another huge battle between the two sides.

“Recent matches between us have always delivered close fought battles and small point margins and I expect more of the same on Saturday,” said Coetzee.

The Springbok team to face Wales in Cardiff is:

No. Names Province/Club Caps Points
15 Johan Goosen Racing 92 (France) 12 25
14 Ruan Combrinck Xerox Golden Lions 6 15
13 Francois Venter Toyota Free State Cheetahs 2 0
12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg Xerox Golden Lions 0 0
11 Jamba Ulengo Vodacom Blue Bulls 0 0
10 Elton Jantjies NTT Shining Arcs (Japan) 10 72
9 Faf de Klerk Xerox Golden Lions 10 0
8 Warren Whiteley Docomo Red Hurricanes (Japan) 14 15
7 Uzair Cassiem Toyota Free State Cheetahs 0 0
6 Nizaam Carr DHL Western Province 4 0
5 Lood de Jager Vodacom Blue Bulls 27 20
4 Pieter-Steph du Toit DHL Western Province 19 15
3 Lourens Adriaanse Cell C Sharks 5 0
2 Adriaan Strauss (captain) Vodacom Blue Bulls 65 30
1 Tendai Mtawarira Cell C Sharks 86 10
16 Malcolm Marx Xerox Golden Lions 1 0
17 Steven Kitshoff Bordeaux (France) 9 0
18 Trevor Nyakane Vodacom Blue Bulls 27 5
19 Franco Mostert Ricoh Black Rams (Japan) 6 0
20 Jean-Luc du Preez Cell C Sharks 0 0
21 Piet van Zyl Vodacom Blue Bulls 2 0
22 Pat Lambie Cell C Sharks 55 151
23 Lionel Mapoe Kubota Spears (Japan) 10 0

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  1. A good backline, but I would’ve kept Willie. Goosen has proven that is not the answer at 15. Glad to see Cassiem starting. Our forwards will need to front up and give em hell. It will start at the breakdown, something we’ve sucked at. I see Proudfoot said they have given a lot of attention to the breakdown this week. If we can protect the ball, we’ll score plenty of tries. A bit late, but better late than never. I want to say “Nou die Blou!”, but come on Boks, it’s been a long hard season. Give us something to smile about.

  2. no matter who takes the field if their attitude does not change from the last few games…
    Same attitude = same result.

  3. We have the ability to attack now which is great, me just hoping we score more tries than we give away and that this pack can give the backs the ball to work with

  4. Yip backline looks good – bit means fkall if jantjies told to skop alles. Jantjies now needs to come of age. Must take this game tomoroe by scruff of neck. Plenty talent but needs more confidence. This coach should be building him up and telling him to have a go. But coach doesn’t have it in him either.

    Pack is v shit. Loosetrip, front row, 2nd row – serious kak.

    Can we get some brains in there ASAP before they completely destroy bok bok fkop?

  5. This seems more and more to resemble the Viljoen/Strauli era. Every week a new team of the most recent buzz players.

  6. Officially the worst loose-forward trio I’ve seen in some time! Pretty much matches the worst performing test team in the history of Bok rugby…

  7. I wonder how many times Combrinck have to show he is out of his league …..before people will realise he is not international standard. Play both the bulls wings !!!

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