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Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Springbok team to face England in first of three Tests

The Springboks have selected their team for the first test against England in Durban this Saturday. Coach Heyneke Meyer has surprised a few by starting with Zane Kirchner at fullback, while the always reliable Patrick Lambie is on the bench.

Francois Steyn returns from France to boost the midfield, taking up partnership with new captain, Jean De Villiers. Ruan Pienaar returns from Ulster, where he has been playing great rugby.

There is a new second row partnership in young Eben Etzebeth and experienced Juandre Kurger, while in form Sharks loose forward Marcell Coetzee will also get his first cap. Keegan Daniel's good form and ball playing ability has earned him another Springbok call up.

Springboks: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jean de Villiers (c), 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Beast Mtawarira.

Reserves
: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Coenie Oosthuizen, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Keegan Daniel, 20 Ruan Pienaar, 21 Pat Lambie, 22 Wynand Olivier.

Kick of: 17:00 local time, Durban

Posted at 10:38 am | 8 comments

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IssHell June 06, 2012 12:08 pm

How can the best fullback in world rugby not be included in the squad? Where is Joe Pietersen!?

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Aedaphon June 06, 2012 12:08 pm

His name isn't actually the Beast...

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rory tanner June 06, 2012 12:34 pm

very disapointed with this team. Im not a stormers fan but they are the best south afrikan team at the moment but only 3 players in the squad. Where is aplon, juan de jong and joe pieterson 3 of the most inform backs in super rugby who can all play with habana and de deviliers. Ridiculous selection.

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tpiddy7 June 06, 2012 1:31 pm

I wish we were playing Australia instead...

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Ali June 06, 2012 1:35 pm

I can't see England winning this one

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nbarry811 June 06, 2012 3:02 pm

why? have you not got sky sports??

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Osmitto June 06, 2012 3:13 pm

Peterson isn't selected because he's injured..

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