Boks make five changes for Wales game

Meyer made five changes to his starting line-up from the team that lost to the All Blacks last month.

Meyer made five changes to his starting line-up from the team that lost to the All Blacks last month.

CAPE TOWN - Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer made five changes to the team that lost to the All Blacks last month for his starting line-up for the game against Wales on Saturday.

The most significant changes occur in the backline where JP Pietersen and Jacque Fourie replace the youngsters Willie le Roux and JJ Engelbrecht who move to the bench. Pietersen and Fourie have not played for the Boks this year due to playing in Japan.

Patrick Lambie gets the nod ahead of Zane Kirchner at fullback. Kirchner started the past four games in the number 15 jersey.

Meyer explains why Lambie was preferred at fullback for Saturday's match.

"Pat has been playing good rugby. He is also used to playing with that back three and the rest of the back line. Without giving too much away he is very safe under the high ball and he adds something different on the attack."

Lambie excelled at flyhalf for the Sharks in the final of the Currie Cup this year, but Meyer says Lambie is happy to play at 15.

"I am going to use this tour to get Pat going. He is very happy to play there. I had a discussion with him. He is also still happy to play at flyhalf. I think this is the best choice for these conditions and he adds something different."

Among the forwards Frans Malherbe replaces the injured Jannie du Plessis and Flip van der Merwe comes back into the side after he was suspended for the final match of the Rugby Championship.

The team for Saturday's game at the Millennium Stadium against Wales:

15 Lambie 14 Pietersen 13 Fourie 12 De Villiers (Captain) 11 Habana 10 Steyn 9 Du Preez 8 Vermeulen 7 Alberts 6 Louw 5 Van der Merwe 4 Etzebeth 3 Malherbe 2 Du Plessis 1 Mtawarira

Replacements

16 Strauss 17 Steenkamp 18 Oosthuizen 19 Du Toit 20 Kolisi 21 Pienaar 22 Engelbrecth 23 Le Roux