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Nienaber make a few changes for All Blacks clash

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The Springboks will still be without the service of Cheslin Kolbe when they take on the All Blacks this weekend in the 100th Test match between the two nations.

Jacques Nienaber and his coaching team has brought back Lood de Jager, Elton Jantjies and Frans Steyn in the match day 23.

Bulls Trevor Nyakane will play in his 50th test match after being names at loosehead for this clash.

We also see the return of Lood de Jager in the second row to partner Eben Etzebeth after he return from concussion protocol.

Marvin Orie who had a good game last week, has drop out of the match day squad this week. On the side of the scrum Kwagga Smith get a start again taking the place of Franco Smith who move to the bench.

This is according to Nienaber to manage the workload of Smith.

On the bench we see the return of Elton Jantjies and Frans Steyn. Jantjies will again cover nine for this test match.

Marco van Staden will also again play off the bench this weekend with Kitshoff, Koch and Marx again backup for the front row.

Wiese is not in the squad for this weekend and it all seems to be due to the disciplinary hearing which was held early on Tuesday.

“It’s always a massive task to face the All Blacks,” said Nienaber.

“They have skillful players who thrive on turnover ball and who know how to capitalise on point-scoring opportunities, so we know that we need to a deliver a quality 80-minute performance against them to turn the corner after two disappointing defeats.

“Experience will be vital to ensure that we remain focused and calm throughout the match, and players such as Elton and Frans will bring that when they take the field. They have both played and won against the All Blacks, but they will also bring a set of different skills.

“Lood also boasts 51 Test caps, which will be valuable in this match, while has Kwagga has faced them before as well, which gives us a chance to give Franco a well-deserved opportunity to be managed carefully this week after a physically taxing load since the season started.

“Both Elton and Frans have been training very well, they’ve also been in our structures for years and have performed well for the team in high-pressure matches, so we are keen to see what dynamic they will bring to the game.”

This is going to be an epic test match for the Springboks and with the All Blacks flying high at the moment one of the most difficult one’s as well.

Springbok record against New Zealand:

Played 99; Won 36, Lost 59, Drawn 4; Points for 1577, Points against 2050; Tries scored 153, Tries conceded 225; Highest score 46 pts, Biggest win 17 pts; Win %: 36%.

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