Rossouw cleared

Danie Rossouw has passed a fitness test and will start against the All Blacks on Saturday.

Rossouw, who was named in the starting team for the suspended Bakkies Botha, tweaked his calf in training on Tuesday and was in doubt for the Wellington Test. However, he was cleared on Thursday to start alongside Victor Matfield in the second row.

‘I’m relieved,’ said Matfield. ‘Danie and I played a lot of games for the Bulls as a lock pairing this year and it’s nice to know that he will be there. It always helps if you and the guy next to you are familiar with one another.’

Flip van der Merwe had been called out as cover, but will remain on the sidelines. Andries Bekker was expected to start if Rossouw was still injured, but the Stormers lock will stay on the bench.