New look Boks for Twickers
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