Springboks, Wallabies introduce new blood

The Springboks and Wallabies' clash on Saturday will see new players for each team.

The Springboks. Picture: Rugby15

JOHANNESBURG - Both the Springboks and Wallabies will have new blood for their clash in Saturday's match.

South African Johan Goosen will be starting at fly-half and Australian Kurtley Beale will also play first receiver for the first time.

Skipper Jean de Villiers said it will be an exciting match up.

"It is a tantalising prospect to see the two players up against each other. Baele showed what he can do at test-match level and at Super Rugby."

Springboks vice captain Adriaan Strauss, who plays a lot of rugby with Goosen at the Cheetahs, said the youngster has a very calm head on his shoulders.

"I do not think that nerves will get the better of him. He can handle pressure."

Some have questioned whether the expectations around a new young team have been set too high, but according to de Villiers, a team can never lower its expectations.

"As soon as we drop our standards and expectations of the Springboks then we are on the wrong track. We can't be a world-beating team overnight but that is what we are striving for."

The match between South Africa and Australia will be played at Loftus Versveld stadium in Pretoria on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 5pm.