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South Africa Select Team For Test

South Africa Select Team For Test

South Africa coach Peter de Villiers have made six changes – two of them positional – to the starting line-up from last week’s win over Italy for Saturday’s GUINNESS Series Test against Ireland at Croke Park (kick-off 2.30pm).

In the front row, Tendai Mtawarira returns to the South African team in place of Wian du Preez and Ulster’s BJ Botha starts at tighthead with captain John Smit moving to hooker in the place of Adriaan Strauss.

As well as Botha, there are two other Irish-based players in the Springboks’ 22, with Leinster prop CJ van der Linde and Munster centre Jean de Villiers selected on the replacements bench.

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Meanwhile, Victor Matfield returns in the second row, replacing Andries Bekker and linking up once again with Bakkies Botha.

Schalk Burger is back at openside flanker with Danie Rossouw moving to number 8. There is one change to the back-line with Wynand Olivier starting at inside centre in place of the injured Adi Jacobs.

There are four more changes on the bench – front rowers Bismarck du Plessis and van der Linde return from injury, while Jean de Villiers is recalled and uncapped flanker Dewald Potgieter is included in a ‘Boks matchday squad for the first time.

South African skipper Smit will equal Percy Montgomery’s record as the most-capped Springbok against Ireland (six caps), while Jaque Fourie will equal Jean de Villiers’ record as the most-capped Springbok centre.

SOUTH AFRICA TEAM & REPLACEMENTS (v Ireland, GUINNESS Series 2009, Croke Park, Saturday, November 28, kick-off 2.30pm): 

15 – Zane Kirchner (Blue Bulls)
14 – JP Pietersen (Sharks)
13 – Jaque Fourie (Lions)
12 – Wynand Olivier (Blue Bulls)
11 – Bryan Habana (Blue Bulls)
10 – Morne Steyn (Blue Bulls)
9 – Fourie du Preez (Blue Bulls)
1 – Tendai Mtawarira (Sharks)
2 – John Smit (Sharks) (capt)
3 – BJ Botha (Ulster)
4 – Bakkies Botha (Blue Bulls)
5 – Victor Matfield (Blue Bulls)
6 – Heinrich Brussow (Cheetahs)
7 – Schalk Burger (Western Province)
8 – Danie Rossouw (Blue Bulls)


16 – Bismarck du Plessis (Sharks)
17 – CJ van der Linde (Leinster)
18 – Andries Bekker (Western Province)
19 – Jean Deysel (Sharks)
20 – Dewald Potgieter (Blue Bulls)
21 – Ruan Pienaar (Sharks)
22 – Jean de Villiers (Munster)