De Jager, Jantjies and Steyn return to Boks match day team to face All Blacks

The experienced Lood de Jager returns to the lock position, while loose forward Kwagga Smith gets the nod in the No. 7 jersey ahead of Franco Mostert, who drops to the bench purely to “manage his workload”.

FILE: Jacques Nienaber at a press conference following his announcement as the Springboks head coach in Pretoria on 24 January 2020. Picture: Phill Magakoe/AFP

CAPE TOWN - As the Springboks head into a historic 100th test match against the All Blacks this weekend, the 2019 World Champions made minimal changes to their starting team.

The experienced Lood de Jager returns to the lock position, while loose forward Kwagga Smith gets the nod in the No. 7 jersey ahead of Franco Mostert, who drops to the bench purely to “manage his workload”, according to coach Jacques Nienaber.

Some stalwarts also return to the bench in the form of Elton Jantjies and Frans Steyn, who bring 109 caps worth of experience between the two of them. But there is no Cheslin Kolbe as yet as he is still recovering from his injury.

Regular loose forward Jasper Wiese is not part of the matchday squad due to him being cited for alleged foul play against Australia in their second Test match. Wiese’s hearing still needs to take place, which means he is unavailable for selection.

Wiese is alleged to have contravened Law 9.12 ( a player must not physically abuse anyone) during the match.

Here’s the starting team:

15 – Willie le Roux
14 – Sbu Nkosi
13 – Lukhanyo Am
12 – Damian de Allende
11 – Makazole Mapimpi
10 – Handré Pollard
9 – Faf de Klerk
8 – Duane Vermeulen
7 – Kwagga Smith
6 – Siya Kolisi
5 – Lood de Jager
4 – Eben Etzebeth
3 – Frans Malherbe
2 – Bongi Mbonambi
1 – Trevor Nyakane

Replacements:

16 – Malcolm Marx
17 – Steven Kitshoff
18 – Vincent Koch
19 – Franco Mostert

20 – Marco van Staden
21 – Herschel Jantjies
22 – Elton Jantjies
23 – Frans Steyn

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