Springboks ready to face Welsh challenge in Washington

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The Springboks brace themselves for a tough challenge from Wales when the two sides meet on Saturday at the famous RFK Stadium in Washington, according to captain Pieter-Steph du Toit.

The match in the USA capital is the opening Test match of the international season for the South Africans, who face England in three Tests from next weekend.

Lock forward Du Toit leads a SA side containing seven new caps in the starting line-up while there are six more uncapped players on the bench. The game is also the debut Test match in charge for Rassie Erasmus, the Director of Rugby at SA Rugby.

Du Toit said he and his team mates are looking forward to the Welsh challenge on neutral territory in Washington, and added that the captaincy role came as a big surprise to him.

“It’s just an amazing feeling and experience to lead the Springboks, it is something you dream of as a kid but cannot explain when it actually happens. I am just thankful to the coach for his trust in me and hopefully I can do a good job on Saturday for him and the team,” said Du Toit.

“We have an exciting group of players here in America and a lot of them will make their debut for the Springboks. I see it as a great positive that so many are getting an opportunity to play Test rugby and I am especially pleased for the debutants, because it’s really something special to play for the Springboks.”

Saturday’s match starts at 17h00 local time (23h00 SA time).

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