Rugby: Rugby-South Africa make wholesale changes for second test against Wales


BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa (Reuters) – South Africa named a brand new captain, plus two uncapped gamers of their beginning line-up and an extra 4 among the many replacements as coach Jacques Nienaber introduced wholesale changes for the second test against Wales in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Handre Pollard, who returns to the squad after not that includes within the slender 32-29 first-test win in Pretoria on the weekend, will take over the captaincy from Siya Kolisi as Nienaber retains only one participant from Saturday’s beginning XV.

Winger Kurt-Lee Arendse and unfastened ahead Evan Roos, named the most effective participant of the current United Rugby Championship the place he helped the Stormers to victory, will begin, whereas Ntuthuko Mchunu (prop), Ruan Nortje (lock), Deon Fourie (unfastened ahead) and Grant Williams (scrumhalf) might make their debuts off the bench.

Nienaber saved solely 4 gamers from the match-day 23 for the primary test as he appears to present extra worldwide expertise to squad members.

Eben Etzebeth, who will earn his 99th cap for South Africa on Saturday, is the one participant to begin once more whereas hooker Malcolm Marx, prop Vincent Koch and utility again Damian Willemse are on the bench.

“We said from the outset that we needed to strike a balance between giving our talented young players an opportunity to show what they can do at international level, and winning,” stated Nienaber on Tuesday.

“If one looks at the balance between players who have played at this level and those who have performed consistently well for their franchises and clubs, I think we have a nice balance in this squad.

“A number of these players have been with us for a few seasons, while others travelled with us last season to Australia for the Rugby Championship and the year-end tour, and then there are a few new faces who showed during the season that they have the potential to rise to this level of the game, so we are excited to see what they can do on Saturday,” the coach added.

The Boks have once more opted for a break up of six forwards and two backs on the bench, with Willemse’s versatility seeing him in a position to cowl flyhalf, centre and fullback. He put over a last-gasp profitable penalty for South Africa to edge Wales in Pretoria.

“Wales showed last week that they are fighters and can go for the full 80 minutes and we are expecting nothing different from them this week,” stated Nienaber.


15-Warrick Gelant, 14-Kurt-Lee Arendse, 13-Jesse Kriel, 12-Andre Esterhuizen, 11-Aphelele Fassi, 10-Handre Pollard, 9-Jaden Hendrikse, 8-Evan Roos, 7-Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6-Marcell Coetzee, 5-Marvin Orie, 4-Eben Etzebeth, 3-Trevor Nyakane, 2-Joseph Dweba, 1-Thomas du Toit

Replacements: 16-Malcolm Marx, 17-Ntuthuko Mchunu, 18-Vincent Koch, 19-Ruan Nortje, 20-Rynhardt Elstadt, 21-Deon Fourie, 22-Grant Williams, 23-Damian Willemse.

(Writing by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Clare Fallon)

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