New look Boks for Twick­ers

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

Lon­don: -South Africa coach Al­lis­ter Coet­zee has made nine changes to his team for the Eng­land test at Twick­en­ham.

Strug­gling South Africa have handed a de­but to cen­tre Fran­cois Ven­ter with coach Al­lis­ter Coet­zee mak­ing a slew of changes to his team for the clash with Eng­land at Twick­en­ham on Sun­day. The in­tro­duc­tion of Ven­ter is one of nine changes from the side that suf­fered a record 57-15 loss to the All Blacks in the Rugby Cham­pi­onship last month, a re­sult that has caused much in­tro­spec­tion in the coun­try.

Ven­ter will part­ner Damian de Al­lende at cen­tre, with Pa­trick Lam­bie start­ing at first five-eighth along­side half­back Rudy Paige.

Wil­lie le Roux re­turns at full­back, with two new wings in Ruan Com­brinck and the ex­pe­ri­enced JP Pi­etersen. Bryan Ha­bana misses out with a knee in­jury, but is ex­pected to be fit for the clash against Italy the fol­low­ing week­end.

South Africa have not lost to Eng­land at Twick­en­ham since 2006 and are un­beaten in their last 12 meet­ings but a dif­fi­cult year, in which they have won four of nine tests, leaves them heavy un­der­dogs on Satur­day, some­thing Coet­zee ac­knowl­edged.

Spring­boks: 15-Wil­lie le Roux, 14-Ruan Com­brinck, 13-Fran­cois Ven­ter, 12-Damian de Al­lende, 11-JP Pi­etersen, 10-Pa­trick Lam­bie, 9-Rudy Paige, 8-War­ren White­ley, 7-Pi­eterSteph du Toit, 6-Willem Al­berts, 5-Lood de Jager, 4-Eben Etze­beth, 3-Vin­cent Koch, 2-Adri­aan Strauss (cap­tain), 1-Tendai Mtawariri . Reuters

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