Ha­bana miss­ing for Spring­boks against Eng­land

Malta Independent - - SPORT - Team:

Bryan Ha­bana will miss South Africa’s rugby test against Eng­land today af­ter fail­ing to fully re­cover from a knee in­jury. The Spring­boks said the 33-yearold winger, who has played in 123 tests, showed “sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment” this week af­ter ar­riv­ing in Bri­tain with a knee prob­lem but will not be risked at Twick­en­ham as “he is not yet 100 per­cent.” They hope he can take part in the team’s re­main­ing games in its end-of-sea­son tour, against Italy and Wales. Out­side cen­ter Fran­cois Ven­ter will make his test de­but as one of five play­ers re­tained from the team that started the 31-31 draw with the Bar­bar­ians at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium today. The oth­ers are prop Tendai Mtawarira, open­side flanker Pi­eter-Steph du Toit, scrumhalf Rudy Paige and fly­half Pat Lam­bie. Du Toit will switch from his usual place in the sec­ond row to play in a re­vamped back row, where coach Al­lis­ter Coet­zee has in­jury prob­lems. That means a re­turn for Lood de Jager, who sat out the Bar­bar­ians game be­cause of a one­match sus­pen­sion. South Africa hasn’t lost to Eng­land since 2006 but is fac­ing a team that is un­beaten in 2016 un­der coach Ed­die Jones.

Wil­lie Le Roux, Ruan Com­brinck, Fran­cois Ven­ter, Damian de Al­lende, JP Pi­etersen, Pat Lam­bie, Rudy Paige; War­ren White­ley, Pi­eter-Step du Toit, Willem Al­berts, Lood de Jager, Even Etze­beth, Vincent Koch, Adri­aan Strauss, Tendai Mtawarira. Re­serves: Bongi Mbonambi, Steven Kit­shoff, Lourens Adri­aanse, Franco Mostert, Nizaam Carr, Faf de Klerk, Jo­han Goosen, Lionel Mapoe.

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