Boks unchanged for England game

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Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer named an unchanged starting line-up on Wednesday for their final Test of the season against England at Twickenham. Picture: Steve Bardens

Johannesburg – Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer named an unchanged starting line-up on Wednesday for their final Test of the season against England at Twickenham on Saturday.

The only changes are on the bench, where Pat Cilliers comes in for the injured CJ van der Linde and Elton Jantjies replaces Morné Steyn.

Springbok captain Jean de Villiers will become the fifth most-capped Springbok of all time and most-capped member of the 2012 squad when he plays in his 84th Test.

De Villiers will pass Bryan Habana on 83 caps to move into fifth place behind John Smit (111), Victor Matfield (110), Percy Montgomery (102) and Joost van der Westhuizen (89).

“I'm very chuffed for Jean,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.

“He took over the captaincy in a challenging year and has been a rock in our team.

“The fact that Jean has played in every Test this season, and finished all of them, is testimony to his amazing resilience and work ethic.”

Meyer was pleased to be able to field an unchanged team.

“It's great to be able to field an unchanged team,” he said.

“We've been able to show some consistency in selection on this tour and that is a good thing.

“The players have worked extremely hard on the training field and it wasn't easy to select the match 23 for each of the three Tests, but I'm happy that we managed to stick to combinations.”

Meyer said the plan was always to give Jantjies a run on the tour, with his elevation to the bench.

“He's shown earlier in the season that he can play Test rugby. It's also good for his development as a player to experience the conditions here and to play in front of a big crowd like Twickenham.”

Springbok team (15-1): Zane Kirchner, JP Pietersen, Juan de Jongh, Jean de Villiers (captain), Francois Hougaard, Pat Lambie, Ruan Pienaar, Duane Vermeulen, Willem Alberts, Francois Louw, Juandré Kruger, Eben Etzebeth, Jannie du Plessis, Adriaan Strauss, Guthrö Steenkamp.

Replacements: Schalk Brits, Heinke van der Merwe, Pat Cilliers, Flip van der Merwe, Marcell Coetzee, Elton Jantjies, Jaco Taute, Lwazi Mvovo. – Sapa


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