Top trio return for Boks
THE experienced trio of Willie le Roux, Faf de Klerk and Franco Mostert are back in the Springbok starting team for tomorrow’s Test against France at the Stade de France in Paris.
The match is SA’s second fixture of their tour to the United Kingdom and France and kicks off at 10.05 pm (SA time).
The inclusion of Le Roux, De Klerk and Mostert — with close to 100 Test caps between them — are the only changes announced by coach Rassie Erasmus to the run-on team when he confirmed the Springbok match-23 yesterday. Le Roux takes over the No. 15 duties from Damian Willemse while De Klerk comes in at scrumhalf to replace Ivan van Zyl, with the rest of the backline kept unchanged.
Mostert replaces Eben Etzebeth, who sustained a foot injury in last weekend’s 12-11 loss to England at Twickenham.
With the availability of the Boks’ Europeanbased players, Erasmus also announced three changes to the replacements. Vincent Koch (prop), Francois Louw (loose forward) and Cheslin Kolbe (utility back) are set to provide impact off the bench.
— Reuters. Teams: France: Teddy Thomas, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 11 Damian Penaud, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Baptiste Serin, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Arthur Iturria, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 3 Cedate Gomes Sa, 2 Guilhem Guirado (captain), 1 Jefferson Poirot. Substitutes: 16 Camille Chat, 17 Dany Priso, 18 Rabah Slimani, 19 Paul Gabrillagues, 20 Mathieu Babillot, 21 Antoine Dupont, 22 Anthony Belleau, 23 Gael Fickou
South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 S’bu Nkosi, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Duane Vermeulen, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff. Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Francois Louw, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Cheslin Kolbe SPRINGBOK supporters will cheer for their team at an unusually late time for a match in Europe via a live television broadcast at 10.05 pm tomorrow. This “awkward” decision, at least in the eyes of SA fans, was made by the French for the clash in Paris tomorrow night. This means two other big rugby internationals taking place tomorrow — England versus New Zealand and Wales versus Australia — can serve as juicy “curtain-raisers” for local fans as they take place at 5 pm and 7.20 pm respectively, live on SuperSport 1. — WR.
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Willie le Roux, pictured on the left with Schalk Brits during a practice session, will take over the No. 15 duties from Damian Willemse when the Boks face France in Paris tomorrow night.