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Meyer selects squad for Argentina

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has handed seven players their first starts of the season.

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has handed seven players their first starts of the season.

Zane Kirchner, Lwazi Mvovo, Pat Lambie, Willem Alberts, Marcel van der Merwe, Adriaan Strauss and Trevor Nyakane have all been included in the starting XV, while Jan Serfontein and Schalk Brits have also been included in the match day 23 for the first time this season.

Kirchner takes over at fullback from the injured Willie le Roux; Jesse Kriel moves from wing to centre for Jean de Villiers, with Mvovo getting his third run of the season on the right wing. Alberts replaces the injured Marcell Coetzee in what will be his first Test in more than a year.

Lood de Jager, Vincent Koch and Fourie du Preez were ruled out for this weekend.

De Jager injured a pectoral muscle at training on Tuesday afternoon, while Koch took a knock to his knee at the same training session.

They will remain in Durban with the other injured players in the squad, Jannie du Plessis, Coenie Oosthuizen, Francois Louw, Coetzee, Duane Vermeulen, De Villiers, JP Pietersen and Le Roux.

With Jean De Villiers out with a fractured jaw, Victor Matfield will lead South Africa out.

De Villiers consulted with a specialist earlier in the week, who confirmed that he will be out of action for four to six weeks, during which time he can take part in limited training.