Springboks make one change to Team for battle with Wales

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Spingbok emblemCoach Peter de Villiers on Tuesday made one change to the Springbok XV for Saturday’s Test against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

De Villiers drafted in Frans Steyn to the outside centre berth to the team that beat Ireland 23-21 in Dublin on Saturday. Zane Kirchner drops to the bench while the replacement looseforward position will be confirmed later in the week.

“We pulled this team together at short notice for last week’s Test and after they performed against Ireland, but we couldn’t ignore the experience of Frans Steyn,” said de Villiers.

De Villiers had welcomed the arrival Steyn into the squad on Sunday – from duty with his French club – and had no hesitation in getting him straight into action.

“He has only had two field training sessions with us to date so he is still slotting himself back in, but he has brought real enthusiasm to the squad and it’s a pleasure to have him back with us.”

De Villiers said he expected a fierce onslaught from Wales: “They have been bitterly disappointed on a couple of recent occasions when they felt they could have beaten us and they’ll be looking to put that right,” he said.

“They’ll be hurting after losing to the Wallabies at the weekend and I’m sure they’ve targeted us as the soft target in their three matches against the Vodacom Tri-Nations teams.

“We’ve had a tough year, but we’re only focusing on delivering another improved performance on Saturday and then the result should look after itself.”

South Africa v Wales

Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, November 13, 2010

Name Province

Age

Caps

15

Gio Aplon Vodacom Western Province

28

10

14

Bjorn Basson Vodacom Blue Bulls

23

3

13

Frans Steyn Racing Metro

23

39

12

Jean de Villiers Vodacom Western Province

29

64

11

Bryan Habana Vodacom Western Province

27

67

10

Morne Steyn Vodacom Blue Bulls

26

22

9

Ruan Pienaar Ulster, N Ireland

26

44

8

Pierre Spies Vodacom Blue Bulls

25

38

7

Juan Smith Vodacom Cheetahs

29

66

6

Deon Stegmann Vodacom Blue Bulls

24

1

5

Victor Matfield (captain) Vodacom Blue Bulls

33

102

4

Bakkies Botha Vodacom Blue Bulls

31

69

3

Jannie du Plessis The Sharks

28

21

2

Bismarck du Plessis The Sharks

26

33

1

Tendai Mtawarira The Sharks

25

23

REPLACEMENTS


16

Chiliboy Ralepelle Vodacom Blue Bulls

24

17

17

CJ van der Linde Vodacom Cheetahs

30

66

18

Flip van der Merwe Vodacom Blue Bulls

25

7

19

TBC

20

Francois Hougaard Vodacom Blue Bulls

22

5

21

Zane Kirchner Vodacom Blue Bulls

26

11

22

Patrick Lambie The Sharks

20

1

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