Warrick Gelant will make his first Test start for the Springboks against Wales on Saturday. Photo: SA Rugby

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee has resisted making wholesale changes to his team to play against Wales on Saturday, and has instead gone for the safe and conservative options.

Bulls fullback Warrick Gelant will make his starting debut on the wing after coming on as a second-half replacement against Italy last week, while the rest of the backline remains intact.

The most changes come in the forwards, where Steven Kitshoff will earn his second start of the year in place of the injured Tendai Mtawarira, while Coetzee has gone for a new loose-trio combination which sees Siya Kolisi return from paternity leave to start at No 6, and Dan du Preez will make his first start at No 8.

Hooker Malcolm Marx also makes a return from injury in place of Bongi Mbonambi, who drops to the bench.

There could be possible Bok debuts for Sharks scrumhalf Louis Schreuder, who will start on the bench in place of Rudy Paige, while Sharks centre Lukhanyo Am will also cover for the midfield.

“Dan gets the chance to start, and he fits into the plan for Saturday,” Coetzee said on Thursday.

“Warrick is an elusive runner, he used his opportunity last week and I am looking forward to see him getting a start on Saturday.

“It is great to welcome Malcolm back. However, Bongi did a superb job against Italy, and I expect the same performance from him when he comes on later in the game.”

Springbok Team

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Warrick Gelant, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Dan du Preez, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth (captain), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff.

Bench: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Oupa Mohoje, 20 Uzair Cassiem, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Lukhanyo Am.


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