White to blood baby Boks
10 Jul 2006
The three baby Boks on tour with the senior side could all feature in the match 22 against Wallabies.
It is doubtful any one of the three (Chiliboy Ralepelle, JP Pietersen and Pierre Spies) will start the test. It is more probable that they will be included among the reserves for the Boks’ opening Vodacom Tri Nations test.
News from the Bok camp is that Bryan Habana trained and will be considered for selection. Habana left the field against France with a rib injury and initially was expected to miss six weeks. He was also taken on tour with the expectation of playing against New Zealand. The recovery has been exceptional and Habana’s availability means Akona Ndungane is sure to miss out a first test.
Solly Tyibilika will start as an openside flanker, according to convener of selectors Peter Jooste, and the Bok team to play Australia will differ in midfield, on the wing and at flank to the one that lost to France.
De Wet Barry will be replaced by Wynand Olivier, Jaque Fourie will start at No 13 in place of Olivier, Breyton Paulse comes back for Brent Russell and Tyibilika takes over from Joe van Niekerk, with the latter reverting to No 8.
Probable Bok team: Montgomery, Paulse, Fourie, Olivier, Habana, Van der Westhuyzen, Du Preez, Van Niekerk, Smith, Tyibilika, Matfield, Rossouw, Andrews, Smit and Du Randt.