Springbok team announced ahead of Irish test
In Surprise selections for the match-23 for the Springboks against Ireland in Newlands on Saturday, Patrick Lambie starts at fly half, with the on-form Elton Jantjies sitting on the bench.
In addition, Bongi Mbonambi was named reserve hooker on the bench – being chosen above Scarra Ntubeni, who will run out for the South African ‘A’ team on Friday night when they play the English Saxons in Bloemfontein on Friday night.
On-form Lions winger, Ruan Combrinck, was also omitted from the match-day-23 as a whole, as Lwazi Mvovo and JP Pietersen cover the wings with Jesse Kriel on the bench as the utility back-up.
Lood de Jager will pair up at lock with ‘fighting opponent’ Eben Etzebeth from their recent Cheetahs/Stormers clash, with Pieter-Steph du Toit covering the bench.
Meanwhile, four Springbok fringe players were released earlier this week to play for the South African ‘A’ side on Friday night, namely: fly half Garth April, hooker Scarra Ntubeni, scrumhalf Nic Groom and flanker Sikhumbuzo Notshe. All four players will start for the SA ‘A’ side.
The Springbok team chosen is the least experienced side of the six touring international sides playing in the June test series window with a total of 551 caps between them. The other nations’ experience is as follows: Wales with 1155 caps; Australia with 962 caps; New Zealand with 851 caps; opponents Ireland with 810 caps and England with 768 caps.
Springbok side: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Pat Lambie, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Adriaan Strauss (c), 1 Beast Mtawarira.
Subs: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Julian Redelinghuys, 19 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 20 Warren Whiteley, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Jesse Kriel.
Ireland side: 15 Jared Payne, 14 Andrew Trimble, 13 Robbie Henshaw, 12 Luke Marshall, 11 Keith Earls, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Jordi Murphy, 6 CJ Stander, 5 Devin Toner, 4 Iain Henderson, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Rory Best (2), 1 Jack McGrath.
Subs: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Finlay Bealham, 18 Tadhg Furlong, 19 Ultan Dillane, 20 Rhys Ruddock, 21 Kieran Marmion, 22 Ian Madigan, 23 Craig Gilroy.
South Africa ‘A’ side: 15 Leolin Zas, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Garth April, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Oupa Mohoje (c), 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 JD Schickerling, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Subs: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Jean-Luc du Preez, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Francois Brummer, 23 Lukhanyo Am.
English Saxons side: 15 Mike Haley, 14 Alex Lewington, 13 Nick Tompkins, 12 Ollie Devoto, 11 Semesa Rokoduguni, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Dan Robson, 8 Sam Jones, 7 Matt Kvesic, 6 Don Armand, 5 Charlie Ewels, 4 Dave Attwood (c), 3 Kieran Brookes, 2 Tommy Taylor, 1 Alec Hepburn.
Subs: 16 George McGuigan, 17 Ross Harrison, 18 Jake Cooper-Woolley, 19 Mitch Lees, 20 Dave Ewers, 21 Micky Young, 22 Sam James, 23 Christian Wade.
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