Kriel, Pollard in Springbok starting team to face All Blacks

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Vodacom Bulls players Jesse Kriel and Handre Pollard have been named at centre and flyhalf respectively for the Springboks team to face New Zealand in Johannesburg on Saturday. Adriaan Strauss, Trevor Nyakane and Flip van der Merwe will play off the bench

The Springbok team to face New Zealand for the 90th time shows eight changes to the match-23 to that which did duty against Australia for the second match in the condensed Castle Lager Rugby Championship at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg on Saturday.
while Vincent Koch has been included on the bench for what could be his Test debut for South Africa.

Of the eight changes, three are to the pack and five are on the bench. The backline is unchanged. Schalk Burger will captain the team from No 8.

Francois Louw will start in the number seven jersey for the injured Marcell Coetzee in a positional change, with Brüssow assuming the openside role. The only other change to the starting line-up is at lock, where Lood de Jager takes over from Victor Matfield.

On the bench, Koch will be joined by Cornal Hendricks, Trevor Nyakane, Flip van der Merwe and Warren Whiteley, who could make his first Test appearance in South Africa, in front of his home crowd in Johannesburg.

“Injuries have forced our hand a bit, but we’ve stuck with our planned rotational policy on the bench and it will be great to see what Heinrich, Vincent and Flip can do,” said Meyer.

“The breakdown battle will again be huge and it will be good to see Heinrich and Francois play together. They are versatile players and I am convinced they will combine perfectly.

“Heinrich has been great this season before he got injured and played his way into contention. As with other players returning from injury in Vodacom Super Rugby, he deserves an opportunity. We decided it was better to start with him and use Warren as an impact player later in the match.

“It’s also great to see Flip back in the fold. We had a look at Pieter-Steph du Toit but he is not yet 100% match-ready, and Franco Mostert was also discussed but in the end we decided to go with Flip as he will add valuable experience to our bench.

“We planned to bring Trevor, Warren and Cornal back for this match. Trevor and Warren have been playing great rugby this season and Cornal is a superb finisher, as he’s shown so often last year.”

Meyer said that the Springboks faced a huge challenge on Saturday as they continue to build towards the Rugby World Cup against a fired-up Kiwi side.

“This will be a massive Test – every match against the All Blacks is,” said Meyer.

“We played some great rugby last weekend, but this week we have to put in an 80-minute effort. We have to be especially focused in the last 10 minutes, because New Zealand always finish strongly. They travelled here with us so that negates any advantage we could’ve had at the end of the match.

“The challenge will also be to make a step up in vital areas of the game and get back on the winning track. By not making too many changes this week, we’re giving some combinations the opportunity to settle a bit more. Our youngsters will have to put up their hands on Saturday – I would not have selected them if I didn’t believe they can do the job.”

Note: The Springbok media guide for July and August 2015 has been updated following the Test against Australia and is available to download (size approximately 20Mb) – click here.

The Springbok team to face New Zealand in Johannesburg is:

Position/Name/Franchise or Club/Test Caps/Test Points
15 Willie le Roux Toyota Cheetahs 26 35
14 JP Pietersen Cell C Sharks 60 90
13 Jesse Kriel Vodacom Bulls 1 5
12 Damian de Allende DHL Stormers 4 0
11 Bryan Habana Toulon 107 285
10 Handré Pollard Vodacom Bulls 10 75
9 Ruan Pienaar (vice-captain) Ulster 81 135
8 Schalk Burger (captain) DHL Stormers 76 70
7 Francois Louw Bath 35 25
6 Heinrich Brüssow Toyota Cheetahs 20 5
5 Lood de Jager Toyota Cheetahs 10 10
4 Eben Etzebeth DHL Stormers 34 5
3 Jannie du Plessis Cell C Sharks 63 5
2 Bismarck du Plessis Cell C Sharks 71 45
1 Tendai Mtawarira Cell C Sharks 65 10
16 Adriaan Strauss Vodacom Bulls 45 25
17 Trevor Nyakane Vodacom Bulls 12 5
18 Vincent Koch DHL Stormers 0 0
19 Flip van der Merwe Vodacom Bulls 35 5
20 Warren Whiteley Emirates Lions 2 0
21 Cobus Reinach Cell C Sharks 7 10
22 Pat Lambie Cell C Sharks 41 106
23 Cornal Hendricks Toyota Cheetahs 11 25

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Jul 22, 2015

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  1. gravatar nitronic says:
    Goeie span, goed om Heinrich terug te sien. Kom Bokke!!!
  2. gravatar deon says:
    Ek hoop De Ellende leer die volgende:

    Teen Aus 2 tackles gemis 2 drie -verloor game

    Sy stats wys hy was nr 1 met missed tackles in S15

    Hy was ook nr 1 met meeste defenders beaten , maar kyk hoe lyk hy as nr 69 met hoeveel keer hy gepas het
  3. gravatar deon says:
    De Elende is n vleuel nie 'n senter nie , speel hom on JP se plek hy sal briljant wees.

    Nou is hy 'n senter wat nie tackle of pass nie

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