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Bok duo search first win towards England in London

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Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber made eight modifications and two positional switches to his matchday squad to face England at Twickenham on Saturday within the ultimate Fortress Lager Outgoing Tour conflict, with a handful of South Africa ‘A’ gamers and Canan Moodie, who joined the group as reinforcements this week, getting a run.

Nienaber’s made six modifications to his beginning group with Jesse Kriel (centre), Makazole Mapimpi (wing), Evan Roos (No 8) and Eben Etzebeth (lock) again within the combine, whereas Damian de Allende strikes from exterior middle to inside middle the place he companions up with Kriel, and Kurt-Lee Arendse will begin at proper wing after taking part in on the left in Genoa.

There have been additionally 4 modifications on the replacements bench, which can once more function the extra conventional break up of 5 forwards and three backs, with SA ‘A’ captain Thomas du Toit (prop), Marco van Staden (flanker), Jaden Hendrikse (scrumhalf) and Moodie being drafted in.

This follows the unavailability of Cheslin Kolbe (wing), Andre Esterhuizen (centre), Cobus Reinach (scrumhalf), Jasper Wiese (No 8) and Vincent Koch (prop), who all returned to their golf equipment.

“With this Take a look at falling exterior the worldwide Take a look at window, we knew we must make modifications to the group, however we’re happy with the depth now we have constructed within the wider squad in the previous few months, and it’s paying off for us this week,” Nienaber stated.

“Each participant on this squad has performed Take a look at rugby, and most of them have acquired recreation time at this degree due to our choice plan all through the season and the SA ‘A’ video games towards Munster and Bristol.

Evan Roos will earn his first Take a look at begin at Twickenham on Saturday.

“We’re very excited to see what this group of gamers will do towards a top quality England aspect given the combo of gifted younger gamers who’ve been placing up their fingers and the skilled guys who’ve come a great distance with us over the previous few years .”

Nienaber added: “As with all competitions we are able to solely choose a restricted variety of gamers, so now we have needed to be artistic with balancing constructing participant mixtures and giving the younger gamers an opportunity to indicate us what they will do at prime Take a look at degree and this recreation offers us a golden alternative to take action.

“It would not get larger than taking part in towards England at a packed Twickenham within the final Take a look at of the season for a participant, and one can sense the thrill among the many gamers about this event.”

Nienaber anticipated an enormous onslaught from England, who snatched a 25-25 draw towards New Zealand final week after being edged by Argentina after which registering a convincing victory towards Japan.

“England will enter this match with the identical mindset as us – to complete the season on a excessive be aware after a tricky November marketing campaign, and to construct momentum with an eye fixed on the World Cup,” stated Nienaber.

Canan Moodie is back in the Bok mix and has been included on the bench this week.

Canan Moodie is again within the Bok combine and has been included on the bench this week.

“So, we expect them to throw the whole lot they’ve at us. They’re a well-balanced group with a powerful pack of forwards and thrilling backs, and they’re nicely coached, so we all know it’s going to be an epic encounter.

“We misplaced towards them by one level in our final two matches at Twickenham and the final time we beat them in London was in 2014, so now we have to be correct in all areas of our recreation, efficient in our execution and we have to cowl our probabilities into factors.

“That is the final time the squad will likely be collectively in competitors till subsequent June, so the gamers actually wish to profit from this chance and to make the nation proud.

“We had two slender defeats towards the highest two groups on the earth in Eire and France and we defeated Italy, and it might be implausible if we might end the tour on a excessive be aware.”

Springbok group to face England at Twickenham:

15 – Willie le Roux (Toyota Verblitz) – 82 caps, 65 pts (13t)
14 – Kurt-Lee Arendse (Vodacom Bulls) – 6 caps, 30 pts (6t)
13 – Jesse Kriel (Canon Eagles) – 58 caps, 60 pts (12t)
12 – Damian de Allende (Wild Knights) – 69 caps, 45 pts (9t)
11 – Makazole Mapimpi (Cell C Sharks) – 35 caps, 110 pts (22t)
10 – Damian Willemse (DHL Stormers) – 26 caps, 35 pts (3t, 4c, 4p)
9 – Faf de Klerk (Canon Eagles) – 45 caps, 30 pts (5t, 1c, 1p)

8 – Evan Roos (DHL Stormers) – 2 caps, 0 pts
7 – Franco Mostert (Honda Warmth) – 62 caps, 15 pts (3t)
6 – Siya Kolisi (captain, Cell C Sharks) – 74 caps, 45 pts (9t)
5 – Marvin Orie (DHL Stormers) – 10 caps, 0 pts
4 – Eben Etzebeth (Cell C Sharks) – 109 caps, 15 pts (3t)
3 – Frans Malherbe (DHL Stormers) – 57 caps, 5 pts (1t)
2 – Bongi Mbonambi (Cell C Sharks) – 55 caps, 60 pts (12t)
1 – Ox Nche (Cell C Sharks) – 18 caps, 0 pts


16 – Malcolm Marx (Kubota Spears) – 58 caps, 70 pts (14t)
17 – Steven Kitshoff (DHL Stormers) – 70 caps, 10 pts (2t)
18 – Thomas du Toit (Cell C Sharks) – 14 caps, 0 pts
19 – Marco van Staden (Vodacom Bulls) – 9 caps, 0 pts
20 – Kwagga Smith (Shizuoka Blue Revs) – 30 caps, 20 pts (4t)
21 – Jaden Hendrikse (Cell C Sharks) – 11 caps, 12 pts (2t, 1c)
22 – Manie Libbok (DHL Stormers) – 2 cap, 10 pts (5c)
23 – Canan Moodie (Vodacom Bulls) – 3 caps, 5 pts (1t)

Springbok report towards England:

Performed 44; gained 26; Misplaced 16; drawn 2; Factors for: 945, Factors towards: 756; Tries scored 86, Tries conceded 57; Highest scores 58-10; Greatest win 48 factors. Win% 59%.


  • Siya Kolisi is the second most capped Springbok captain having led the aspect in 44 Take a look at matches.
  • Eben Etzebeth is the second most capped Springbok lock with 109 Exams.


  • The full Take a look at caps for the Springbok beginning lineup is 708.
  • There are 322 caps within the backline, with 387 caps among the many forwards. On the bench there’s a additional 197 caps.
  • The typical caps per participant within the backline are 46, the forwards 48, whereas the gamers on the bench common 24.

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