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Springboks prepare for Argentina battle in Durban

Heyneke Meyer says he is confident ahead of Saturday’s Rugby Championship game against Argentina.

FILE: With this game and next week's match against the Pumas in Argentina, this game has become a must win for the Springboks. Picture: AFP/ Juan Mabromata

CAPE TOWN - Both the Springboks and Argentina will be seeking their first wins in this year's Rugby Championship, when they meet at Durban's Kings Park stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Boks are looking to avoid a fourth straight test defeat, having ended last year with a loss to Wales and then going down to their Southern Hemisphere rivals Australia and New Zealand a few weeks ago.

The defeat to Wales in Cardiff in November last year will forever be remembered for the serious knee injury suffered to South Africa's captain Jean de Villiers.

But fast forward nine months and the 34-year-old is back in the green and gold, after making a miraculous recovery.

De Villiers will captain a Springbok side also featuring the return of Pieter-Steph du Toit and Siya Kolisi in the match-23 for the first time since 2013.

He starts at outside centre alongside Damian de Allende wearing the number 12 jersey, while fellow Stormers man Schalk Burger takes over the vice-captaincy.

"Jean's comeback is truly remarkable and very inspirational and I can't wait to see what he can offer playing next to exciting youngsters such as Handré Pollard, Damian and Jesse," said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.

As a result of de Villiers' inclusion the impressive Jesse Kriel will move to right wing.

Meyer will however still be banking on Kriel to produce the magic he did when he scored a brilliant individual try on debut against Australia and then against New Zealand when he runs out at wing at Kings Park.

"Jesse is a very versatile player, he has played at wing before and spent almost the entire Super Rugby season at fullback. His aerial skills and work-rate, as well as tactical kicking will be valuable and hopefully he will be given even more space to attack in."

Injuries have also forced Meyer's hand in making other changes, which sees the welcome return of Kolisi and Du Toit, both of whom made their last Test appearance as replacements in the 19-10 victory over France in Paris in November, 2013.

He says Kolisi missed most of last season because of injury and 'lack of form'.

"His attitude has been great and he's been working incredibly hard. He is playing good rugby this year and his inclusion is in line with our decision to keep on mixing things up as we get ready for the Rugby World Cup,"

Pieter-Steph has also been very unlucky with injuries but Meyer insists his rehabilitation has gone exactly to plan.

"He got through 40 minutes of rugby for the Sharks last weekend. It's clear from training that he is raring to go and I have to compliment everybody involved in his rehab."

With this game and next week's match against the Pumas in Argentina, this game has become a must win for the Springboks.

Meyer and the team have built momentum ahead of the game.

"There have been many encouraging signs in Brisbane and Johannesburg but I've always preferred winning results. For most of these matches, we played well, but now we need to get back to winning ways and to do that we have to convert our opportunities into points."