Five changes for Boks
19 Jul 2006
Solly Tyibilika will play against the All Blacks in one of five changes to the side humiliated against Australia.
Joe van Niekerk, Pierre Spies, Ricky Januarie and Jaco van der Westhuyzen have been dropped and Danie Rossouw is injured. Spies and Van der Westhuyzen don’t make the match 22.
White has also bracketed Butch James with Meyer Bosman at flyhalf and bracketed JP Pietersen with Breyton Paulse on the bench.
Jacques Cronje is at No 8 and Tyibilika plays openside in the most significant pack changes.
Jake White told the media: “This is not a case of hitting the panic button. Our objective was always to expose players at this level on this trip. We haven’t got a great record away and we really only have Australia, New Zealand and England to play this year. You have to give these players an opportunity to see whether they sink or swim. We have never been in this situation before as a group of people. You either get up or you go deeper into the hole.”
White said it would be a character test for his Boks, but he remained confident they could pass the test.
James’s position will be monitored in the course of the week, to see how he slots in. Bosman has trained as the flyhalf because James only arrived in New Zealand on Tuesday night.
Boks: 15 Percy Montgomery, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Butch James/Meyer Bosman, 9 Fourie du Preez; 8 Jacques Cronje, 7 Juan Smith, 6 Solly Tyibilika, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Albert van den Berg, 3 CJ van der Linde, 2 John Smit (c), 1 Os du Randt. Subs: 16 Danie Coetzee, 17 Eddie Andrews, 18 Johann Muller, 19 Joe van Niekerk, 20 Enrico Januarie, 21 James/Bosman, 22 Breyton Paulse/JP Pietersen