Gat­land forced into changes for Boks Test

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - Sion tests in the week. “We have had a cou­ple of changes forced upon us, with the in­jury to George (North) and with Paul (James) and Richard (Hib­bard) re­turn­ing to their clubs but we have named what we think is a very strong side,” Gat­land said. “Last wee

re­places fel­low Os­prey Justin Tipuric as back-row cover, with hooker Emyr Phillips and props Aaron Jarvis and Rho­dri Jones now pro­vid­ing front-row bench cover.

Wales will be seek­ing an elu­sive sec­ond-ever vic­tory over the Spring­boks. The two teams have played each other 29 times since 1906, with South Africa win­ning 27, los­ing one (1999) with one drawn (1970).

The Spring­boks have scored 808 points and 101 tries and con­ceded 428 points and 36 tries for an av­er­age score of 28-15.

The last time they played, the Spring­boks mounted a stun­ning come­back to beat Wales 31-30 in Nel­spruit in June. – Sapa-AFP

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