While there’s a first Test start for Bongi Mbonambi and a
possible international debut for Warrick Gelant, the omission of centre
Lukhanyo Am from Allister Coetzee’s match-day squad to face
Am has been sensational for the Sharks this season, but he is yet to be put to use on the Springboks’ end-of-year tour.
This weekend would have been the ideal match for Coetzee and
Co to experiment, as things will only get tougher against
A start for Gelant – one of the stand-out players this season – would also have been a very attractive prospect.
Mbonambi will get his first starting appearance in the place
of Malcolm Marx – who sustained a shoulder injury against
With Siya Kolisi having returned to
The rest of the team-sheet remains the same as the one that did duty in Paris last week.
15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth (captain), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Bench: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Dan du Preez, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Warrick Gelant.