Top trio re­turn for Boks

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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.

15 Maxime Medard, 14


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.

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