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'Don't underestimate young Boks'

The young Bok side could shock the Wallabies in the Rugby Championship, according to Jannie du Plessis.

Springbok prop Jannie du Plessis. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Springbok prop Jannie du Plessis believes their young pack has what it takes to compete against the Wallabies in the Rugby Championship.

Coupled with various retirements and numerous injuries, Heyneke Meyer's pack is much less experienced compared to those in the past.

Du Plessis says it takes time for youngsters to believe they can be the best.

"This current Springboks pack will not stand back to any opposition. In fact, they stand a chance to match them. They are inexperienced and hungry for the game. A hungry dog hunts best."

With new youngsters coming up the ranks and established players returning from injury, there is huge competition for places in the Springbok starting 15.

Du Plessis says competition is good for the national side.

"It's great for the team that in every single position, there's depth. I think the competition is great."

Coenie Oosthuizen has rejoined the squad after picking up an injury on debut in the first Test against England in June.

Meyer has described him as a world class prop, someone du Plessis believes will be a huge asset to the team.

"I think he had a great Super Rugby campaign. He's a great prospect. He could be a massive part of the team."

The Springboks will name their team on Wednesday.

The game will take place in Pretoria on Saturday.