Spring­boks shuf­fle team for clash with Eng­land

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and Fran­cois Ven­ter (out­side cen­tre).

Ven­ter will make his Test de­but on Satur­day fol­low­ing his good show­ing last week at Wem­b­ley and his cen­tre part­ner is Damian de Al­lende, who will win his 21st cap for the Spring­boks.

The in­jury to Roelof Smit and a host of other flanks, as well as the un­avail­abil­ity of other ex­pe­ri­enced loose for­wards, meant Spring­bok coach Al­lis­ter Coet­zee was forced into re­vamp­ing his loose trio. The Bok coach de­cided to move Du Toit from sec­ond row to the side of the scrum, a po­si­tion he is fa­mil­iar with, as he will bring much-needed ball car­ry­ing abil­ity and more li­ne­out op­tions.

The ex­pe­ri­enced Willem Al­berts will start on the other side of the scrum, while War­ren White­ley re­tains the No 8 jersey he wore through­out the Rugby Cham­pi­onship.

Du Toit’s po­si­tional switch means a re­turn to the start­ing team for Lood de Jager, who sat out the Bar­bar­ians fix­ture be­cause of a one match sus­pen­sion.

In the front row, hooker Adri­aan Strauss re­turns to ac­tion and he takes over the cap­taincy from Pa­trick Lam­bie who led the side at Wem­b­ley. Vincent Koch will play at tight­head prop and Lourens Adri­aanse moves to the bench.

The half­back com­bi­na­tion of Paige and Lam­bie are kept un­changed. Wing JP Pi­etersen re­turns to the side and will wear the No 11 jersey, the po­si­tion he usu­ally plays for his club side, the Le­ices­ter Tigers.

Bryan Ha­bana has showed sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment this week, how­ever he is not yet 100 per­cent ready and it was de­cided not to risk him with two more Tests to come on the tour.

Ruan Com­brinck will do duty on the right wing, and Wil­lie le Roux at full­back, which means a re­turn to the back three that played in the three Test series against Ire­land in June.

Coet­zee said the num­ber of in­juries, and to play­ers in spe­cific po­si­tions, gave him the op­por­tu­nity to test cer­tain new com­bi­na­tions.— Sport24.

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