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Springboks unchanged for All Blacks

11th September 2013 06:37

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Heyneke Meyer SA squad training 2012

Keeping the faith: Heyneke Meyer

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has named an unchanged matchday 23 to face New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.

The decision is arguably expected after South Africa powered past the Wallabies 38-12 in Brisbane, with Meyer explaining the situation.

"We're very fortunate to have a touring squad of 28 fit players to choose from but following the performance last weekend against Australia, it made sense not to make any changes," said Meyer.

"Continuity in selection has been something we wanted to address this year and I'm very happy that we've not been forced into making too many changes yet.

"The 23 who played against Australia, deserved another chance this week as we believe in rewarding good form.

"I have faith in all the players in the squad and I feel we've now got to a situation where any player can come in at any stage without too much disruption."

After beating Australia for the first time at Suncorp Stadium last weekend, the Springboks travelled to New Zealand where they will face the tough task of securing their first away victory over the All Blacks since 2009.

"We had a good win last weekend, but that is in the past now," added Meyer.

"Playing the All Blacks in New Zealand is the ultimate challenge in rugby and one we're very excited about facing.

"But the hard work is never done as we want to continuously improve as we evolve as a team, on all aspects of our game.

"We're only halfway through the Castle Lager Rugby Championship with three very tough games ahead, but this weekend we're facing the best team in the world and it will not be easy."

South Africa: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Flip van der Merwe, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Juandré Kruger, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein.

Date: September 14
Venue: Eden Park Stadium, Auckland
Kick-off: 19:35 (07:35 GMT)
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
Assistant referees: Jérôme Garcès (France), Francisco Pastrana (Argentina)
Television match official: George Ayoub (Australia)
Assessor: Lyndon Bray

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