Lam­bie to cap­tain South Africa

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Lon­don: Spring­bok fly-half Pa­trick Lam­bie will cap­tain South Africa in their match against the Bar­bar­ians at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium in Lon­don. Spring­bok coach Al­lis­ter Coet­zee con­firmed that Adri­aan Strauss, who has led the Spring­boks in all of their nine Tests so far this year, will be rested for the Bar­bar­ians match. Coet­zee will name the Spring­bok match day 23 on Thurs­day af­ter­noon. No Test caps will be awarded for this match. With his reg­u­lar cap­tain not con­sid­ered for the match, Coet­zee said Lam­bie was a nat­u­ral choice for the cap­taincy against the Bar­bar­ians. “Pa­trick was al­ways part of the lead­er­ship group and part of the spine of the Spring­bok team,” said Coet­zee. “He has ex­celled as a leader at fran­chise level and has the re­spect of his peers. He un­der­stands the team cul­ture and has a great un­der­stand­ing of the game and the way we want to play. I have no doubt that he will make a suc­cess of his ap­point­ment as cap­tain for this match. “Adri­aan still plays an im­por­tant role in the squad, by giv­ing sup­port to Pa­trick and also help­ing Bongi Mbonambi and Mal­colm Marx with tech­ni­cal de­tail, and he has bought into my suc­ces­sion plan. He un­der­stand the big­ger pic­ture and he will be back to lead the team again against Eng­land at Twick­en­ham next week­end.” Lam­bie said it is an hon­our to be ap­pointed as cap­tain of the Spring­boks. Planet Rugby

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