Three Blue Bulls newcomers in Bok side for Baabaas match
RG Snyman (lock), Roelof Smit (flank), Jamba Ulengo (wing) all in starting team
Patrick Lambie will lead a new-look Springbok team, which includes six uncapped players in the starting line-up and a number of Currie Cup stars, against the Barbarians on Saturday at the Wembley Stadium in London.
The match-23 for the Springboks’ first of four Castle Lager Outgoing Tour matches includes a total of nine uncapped players, however, no Test caps will be awarded for this international fixture.
The newcomers in the starting line-up are RG Snyman (lock), Roelof Smit (flank), Jamba Ulengo (wing), Rohan Janse van Rensburg (inside centre), Francois Venter (outside centre) and Sergeal Petersen (wing).
Tendai Mtawarira (prop), Pieter-Steph du Toit (lock) and Oupa Mohoje (flank) are the only players in the pack that started for the Springboks against the All Blacks in Durban last month.
There is a return to the starting team for Lourens Adriaanse in the No 3 jersey in place of Vincent Koch who is not available for this match, while Julian Redelinghuys is injured. Snyman will partner Du Toit, the newly-crowned SA Rugby Player of the Year, in the second row.
Openside flanker Smit comes in for the injured Francois Louw, while Jaco Kriel could also not be considered as a result of his injury. The final change in the pack will see Nizaam Carr taking over the No 8 jersey from Warren Whiteley who is also not available for this match.
The Boks will start with a revamped halfback pairing in Rudy Paige (scrumhalf) and new skipper Lambie (flyhalf), with regular captain, Adriaan Strauss, not in the match 23 as part of the succession planning in his position.
The rest of the backline consists of Ulengo, Janse van Rensburg, Venter, Petersen and Jesse Kriel, who will start his first match for the Boks at fullback.
Springbok coach Allister Coetzee said the Springboks’ aim was to improve after a difficult season, but that it would not be easy against the Barbarians.
“The Barbarians play an attacking, adventurous style of rugby and it will be a real test for our young side,” said Coetzee.
“They have an excellent, world-renowned coach in Robbie Deans, exciting young players in their side, including some South Africans, as well as several players who have a lot of Test match experience.
“We rewarded several young players for their performances in Vodacom Super Rugby and the Currie Cup and we will approach this match as a Test, although no caps will be awarded.
“It will be a really big occasion for our young players, but we’re excited to be giving them an opportunity. Even though some of the experienced players were last in action against New Zealand four weeks ago, our preparation the past few weeks was really good.
“The excitement and enthusiasm of the new inclusions is contagious. In ideal circumstances I would’ve preferred to give every player in the squad a run, but this tour was also about introducing players who are on our radar for the future, while also introducing them to the Springbok way and ethos. I am sure they will work even harder to stay in the squad.”
The Springboks have played the Barbarians in seven matches so far, with the Baabaas leading 4-3 in wins.
The Springbok team to face the Barbarians at Wembley on Saturday is:
15. Jesse Kriel (Vodacom Blue Bulls) 17 caps, 15 points
14. Sergeal Petersen (Toyota Free State Cheetahs) 0 caps, 0 points
13. Francois Venter (Toyota Free State Cheetahs) 0 caps, 0 points
12. Rohan Janse van Rensburg (Xerox Golden Lions) 0 caps, 0 points
11. Jamba Ulengo (Vodacom Blue Bulls) 0 caps, 0 points
10. Pat Lambie (captain, Cell C Sharks) 53 caps, 137 points
9. Rudy Paige (Vodacom Blue Bulls) 5 caps, 0 points
8. Nizaam Carr (DHL Western Province) 2 caps, 0 points
7. Teboho Mohojé (Toyota Free State Cheetahs) 14 caps, 0 points
6. Roelof Smit (Vodacom Blue Bulls) 0 caps, 0 points
5. Pieter-Steph du Toit (DHL Western Province) 17 caps, 15 points
4. RG Snyman (Vodacom Blue Bulls) 0 caps, 0 points
3. Lourens Adriaanse (Cell C Sharks) 4 caps, 0 points
2. Malcolm Marx (Xerox Golden Lions) 1 caps, 0 points
1. Tendai Mtawarira (Cell C Sharks) 84 caps, 10 points
16. Bongi Mbonambi (DHL Western Province) 3 caps, 0 points
17. Lizo Gqoboko (Vodacom Blue Bulls) 0 caps, 0 points
18. Trevor Nyakane (Vodacom Blue Bulls) 26 caps, 5 points
19. Eben Etzebeth (DHL Western Province) 53 caps, 10 points
20. Jean-Luc du Preez (Cell C Sharks) 0 caps, 0 points
21. Piet van Zyl (Vodacom Blue Bulls) 2 caps, 0 points
22. Tian Schoeman (Vodacom Blue Bulls) 0 caps, 0 points
23. Ruan Combrinck (Xerox Golden Lions) 4 caps, 13 points