International Rugby, Springboks

Boks opt for continuity, while Etzebeth takes up bench position

The Springbok side to face Wales remains unchanged to the one that toppled Scotland at Murrayfield, aside from the inclusion of fit-again Eben Etzebeth on the bench.

Etzebeth returns from injury, after missing out on the French and Scottish tests and replaces Lood De Jager on the bench.

Aside from the experienced enforcer’s return, the Springboks will run on to the field an unchanged side, for the first time this year.

The highly successful loose trio of 2018, in Siya Kolisi, Pieter-Steph Du Toit and Duane Vermeulen bodes well for the physcial challenge of Wales, while the 10,12,13 axis of Pollard, De Allende and Kriel is starting to gain momentum and experience playing together.

See Wales’ side


15 Willie le Roux, 14 S’bu Nkosi, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Eben Etzebeth, 20 Francois Louw, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Cheslin Kolbe

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