The Springboks on Tuesday made five changes to the starting line-up for their Rugby World Cup Pool D match against Southern African neighbours Namibia at North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, on Thursday.
Wing Gio Aplon (pictured below) scrumhalf Francois Hougaard, utility forward Willem Alberts and tighthead prop CJ van der Linde were all given their first starts of the tournament while Bryan Habana was recalled from injury to resume in the No 11 jersey.
Four players were unavailable for selection due to injury, while Springbok coach Peter de Villiers opted to bring in fresh legs in the hope of sustaining the team’s momentum. Locks Victor Matfield and Johann Muller, centre Jean de Villiers and flyhalf Butch James were not considered for the match.
Scrumhalf Fourie du Preez and flanker Heinrich Brüssow both dropped to the bench while wings JP Pietersen and Odwa Ndungane and tighthead prop Jannie du Plessis were rested all together. In one other change on the bench, Chiliboy Ralepelle was included in a match 22 for the first time when he was drafted in for Bismarck du Plessis, who is also rested.
Thursday’s match kicks off at 20h00 (10h00 SA time).
South Africa v Namibia, 22 September 2011, North Harbour Stadium, Auckland
|14||Gio Aplon||Western Province||15|
|13||Jaque Fourie||Western Province||66|
|12||Frans Steyn||Racing Metro, France||45|
|11||Bryan Habana||Western Province||71|
|10||Morné Steyn||Blue Bulls||31|
|9||Francois Hougaard||Blue Bulls||12|
|8||Pierre Spies||Blue Bulls||44|
|7||Schalk Burger||Western Province||65|
|5||Danie Rossouw||Blue Bulls||60|
|4||Bakkies Botha||Blue Bulls||75|
|3||CJ van der Linde||Golden Lions||72|
|2||John Smit (captain)||KwaZulu-Natal||108|
|1||Gurthrö Steenkamp||Blue Bulls||35|
|16||Chiliboy Ralepelle||Blue Bulls||20|
|18||Francois Louw||Bath, England||7|
|19||Heinrich Brüssow||Free State||17|
|20||Fourie du Preez||Blue Bulls||59|
|21||Ruan Pienaar||Ulster, N Ireland||50|
|22||Juan de Jongh||Western Province||9|
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