Springboks change five for Wales

Date published: November 27 2014

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South Africa have made five changes to their starting lineup for Saturday’s clash with Wales at the Millennium Stadium.

South Africa have made five changes to their starting lineup for Saturday’s clash with Wales at the Millennium Stadium.

Bismarck du Plessis and Tendai Mtawarira both start in the front row, while the remaining changes come in the three-quarters.

Willie le Roux is back in the side at full-back, while Lwazi Mvovo and Cornall Hendricks also come in for a new back three.

Some of those changes are forced, with the Springboks denied their French-based players for this Test outside the international window.

That means that Bryan Habana and Johan Goosen are both unavailable, with Mvovo and le Roux replacing them.

There is one new face on the bench with Damian de Allende named as cover in the three-quarters.

He is joined on the bench by Trevor Nyakane and Adriaan Strauss, who both drop down after starting against Italy last week.

Nizaam Carr will continue as back row cover after his impressive performance off the bench against the Azzurri.

“This tour has been a good test of our depth and we’re looking forward to see what the team can do on Saturday,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.

“We will face a fired-up Welsh side this weekend. They played very well against New Zealand and it will be a tough end to our season, but we want to finish on a high and the focus this week has been on ensuring we keep on building on what we’ve done thus far this year.

“All the players coming into the team have been part of our squad for most of the season. They know our plans and structures and now it’s about execution on Saturday.”

South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12 Jean de Villiers (c), 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Pat Lambie, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Beast Mtawarira
Replacements: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Julian Redelinghuys, 19 Lood de Jager, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Francois Hougaard, 22 Handr

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