Matfield back on the bench against All Blacks

Date published: October 21 2015

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Victor Matfield has been named on the bench for South Africa in their World Cup semi-final against New Zealand in the only change to the matchday squad.

Matfield missed the narrow win over Wales, as well as the victories over Scotland and USA in the pool stages with a hamstring injury.

However he is now fit to return to the side, and takes the place of Pieter-Steph du Toit on the bench for the Springboks.

Heyneke Meyer has chosen to stick with lock duo Lood de Jager and Eben Etzebeth to start though, after a string of impressive displays from the young pair.

There are no other changes to the team, with Fourie du Preez leading the team once more and linking up with Handrè Pollard in the half-backs.

Springbok winger Bryan Habana will also be looking for a try to break the all-time World Cup try-scoring record that he and Jonah Lomu currently share.

South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Fourie du Preez (c), 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Jannie du Plessis, 19 Victor Matfield, 20 Willem Alberts, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein.

Date: Saturday, October 24
Venue: Twickenham, London
Kick-off: 16:00 local (15:00 GMT)
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
Assistant referees: Romain Poite (France), Johnny Lacey (Ireland)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

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