Willem Alberts set for Bok debut

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Spingbok emblemSharks back row forward Willem Alberts was confirmed as the replacement  loose forward in the Springbok team to meet Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday. Alberts passed a fitness test on Thursday to take the place he had been slated to have in the No 19 jersey for Saturday’s Test against Ireland.

Alberts has recovered from a calf strain sustained in the Absa Currie Cup final and replaces Sharks team-mate Keegan Daniel who made his debut from the bench in the 23-21 victory at the Aviva Stadium.

“Willem has had an outstanding season for The Sharks as one of the most effective ball carriers in the South African game,” said Peter de Villiers, Springbok coach.

“He has been nursing the injury since our preliminary training camp before the Absa Currie Cup final and has spent a frustrating couple of weeks watching from the sidelines and is hungry to get back into action.”

The confirmed Springbok 22 is as follows:

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

Willem Alberts The Sharks

26

0

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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