Bakkies doubtful for 3N opener

Bakkies Botha is unlikely to face the All Blacks after failing to train on Tuesday while Danie Rossouw has come through a fitness test.

Both locks were carrying niggles at the start of the week which prompted coach Peter de Villiers to postpone the announcement of his match 22 to Thursday. Rossouw completed a fitness test on Tuesday, but Botha didn’t train at all.

Botha is unlikely to face the All Blacks in Auckland, while Rossouw may feature from the bench. At this stage, Andries Bekker seems the favourite to pack down alongside Victor Matfield in the second row.

Tuesday’s training session also indicated that Wynand Olivier will start at No 12 with Jean de Villiers being retained on the right wing.

Up front, Jannie du Plessis and Gurthrö Steenkamp will pack on either side of captain John Smit.