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Etze­beth rested af­ter suf­fer­ing an­kle in­jury dur­ing Twick­en­ham loss

Daily Dispatch - - Front Page - CRAIG RAY

Lock pow­er­house Eben Etze­beth out for Test against France on Satur­day, a must-win game for the Spring­boks, the sec­ond of their four-match tour

De­spite in­di­cat­ing that lock Eben Etze­beth would be fit to take on France in Paris on Satur­day‚ coach Rassie Eras­mus de­cided against pick­ing him for the clash when he re­vealed his team on Thurs­day.

For­mer Li­ons and cur­rent Glouces­ter lock Franco Mostert re­places Etze­beth in one of three changes fol­low­ing last week’s 12-11 de­feat to Eng­land. Scrumhalf Faf de Klerk and full­back Wil­lie le Roux were also in­cluded.

Etze­beth was not con­sid­ered be­cause of an an­kle in­jury he picked up against the English‚ which forced him to leave the field early at Twick­en­ham.

“We be­lieve it would be bet­ter not to rush Eben back as we still have two Tests left on the tour af­ter the match against France‚” said Eras­mus.

De Klerk re­places Ivan van Zyl while Le Roux comes in for Damian Willemse. Both Van Zyl and Willemse drop out of the match 23 al­to­gether.

Scrumhalf Em­brose Papier re­tains his place on the bench while Ch­es­lin Kolbe re­turns to take his place among the re­place­ments. Sara­cens prop Vin­cent Koch is also in­cluded among the re­serves with Wilco Louw dropped from the squad that lost to Eng­land at Twick­en­ham.

Kolbe‚ Mostert‚ Le Roux‚ Koch and De Klerk were all un­avail­able last week­end as the match fell out­side the of­fi­cial Test win­dow.

Hooker Mal­colm Marx‚ who was one of the main cul­prits for the loss with his way­ward li­ne­out throw­ing‚ re­tains his place with Bongi Mbonambi on the wood for an­other week.

The Boks lost four balls on their own throw‚ all in cru­cial po­si­tions. Marx’s re­ten­tion means there is still no place for 37-year-old third choice hooker Schalk Brits.

There are only five sur­vivors in the Bok team that played France in Paris 12 months ago – cen­tre Jesse Kriel‚ fly­half Han­dré Pol­lard‚ loose-for­wards Duane Ver­meulen and Siya Kolisi‚ and hooker Marx.

“It’s good to have the ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers back in the start­ing team for France‚” said Eras­mus.

“I thought Damian and Ivan did very well last week against Eng­land but you need as much ex­pe­ri­ence as pos­si­ble play­ing away from home.

“We are build­ing squad depth for the Rugby World Cup and they will be back in the mix as the tour pro­gresses.

“Franco has started in eight of our 11 Tests this year and he starts with Pi­eter-Steph du Toit‚ who is ob­vi­ously also a good op­tion to move to loose-for­ward later in the match.”

France have picked the pow­er­ful Louis Pi­camoles at num­ber eight while their back­line in­cludes bru­tal cen­tre Mathieu Bastareaud. The pair are two of five starters from last year’s match which the Boks won 1817.

Eras­mus de­scribed France as a dan­ger­ous side‚ and said the home side will pro­vide the Spring­boks with for­mi­da­ble op­po­si­tion on Satur­day.

“The French are very phys­i­cal and skil­ful‚ and we will have to be good on de­fence and also be dis­ci­plined‚” said Eras­mus.

“The con­di­tions here in the north­ern hemi­sphere de­mand a dif­fer­ent ap­proach and while we cre­ated a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties last week we have to bet­ter with our ex­e­cu­tion.”

Teams: France –

15 Maxime Medard‚ 14 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 (c)‚ 1 Jef­fer­son Poirot.

Subs: 16 Camille Chat‚ 17 Dany Priso‚ 18 Rabah Sli­mani‚ 19 Paul Gabril­lagues‚ 20 Mathieu Ba­bil­lot‚ 21 An­toine Dupont‚ 22 An­thony Bel­leau‚ 23 Gael Fickou.

Spring­boks –

15 Wil­lie le Roux‚ 14 S’bu Nkosi‚ 13 Jesse Kriel‚ 12 Damian de Al­lende‚ 11 Aphiwe Dyan­tyi‚ 10 Han­dré Pol­lard‚ 9 Faf de Klerk‚ 8 War­ren White­ley‚ 7 Duane Ver­meulen‚ 6 Siya Kolisi (c)‚ 5 Franco Mostert‚ 4 Pi­eter-Steph du Toit‚ 3 Frans Mal­herbe‚ 2 Mal­colm Marx‚ 1 Steven Kit­shoff.

Subs: 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.

Pic­ture: GETTY IM­AGES/CAMERON SPENCER

A GREAT CATCH: Spring­boks’ Mostert will be in the start­ing lineup against France on Satur­day. Eben Etze­beth was not con­sid­ered be­cause of an an­kle in­jury he picked up against Eng­land.

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