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Boucher, Alberts to lead Bok challenge at Wanderers

Mark Boucher has been appointed as head coach and Willem Alberts has been named captain.

FILE: Former Proteas cricketer Mark Boucher. Picture: Reinart Torien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Springboks have signalled their intentions to go all out in the forthcoming Nelson Mandela Legacy Cup against the South African cricket team by appointing former Proteas wicketkeeper Mark Boucher as head coach.

Furthermore hard-man Willem Alberts, who took two wickets with consecutive balls and hit a quick 10 runs off nine balls at Newlands in January, will captain the Springboks at the Wanderers.

Springbok Management have also confirmed kicking coach and former Bok flyhalf Louis Koen will replace the injured Jean de Villiers in the starting XI for Friday's match at the Wanderers Stadium.

Boucher, who handed out the Springboks' jerseys in September before their superb victory over Australia at Newlands in Cape Town, will surely be calling on all his knowledge and experience, hoping to guide the Boks to a first ever win against the Proteas.

"This is a great challenge and I'm very excited to be involved with the Springboks."

"I know they are not really known for their cricketing skills, but it was clear to see early this year in Cape Town that these boys know how to handle a bat and ball. They certainly don't lack anything when it comes to competitiveness.

"In the previous match, Butch James took the gloves and I'll share some tips with him, but generally we have some very talented guys across the park."

The match commemorates the one year anniversary of Madiba's death and will be played in his honour and in celebration of his legacy.

From an entertainment perspective, award winning rock group Prime Circle will entertain fans before and during the match.

Fans will also get the opportunity to be part of the autograph session with selected members of both teams.

The popular hit a six competition will once again keep fans screaming for big hits and a kicking competition will also take place between the two sides.

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