Jacques nienaber, Head Coach of the Springboks confirmed the 23 players who will face the British & Irish Lions on Saturday in Cape Town, South Africa. It will be the first duel of the trilogy that will then be completed on Saturdays, July 31 and August 7 in Johannesburg.
The South African coach will have a great team for the first game against the British-Irish team. Siya Kolisi, captain of the Sprignboks will return to activity after being infected with covid. For his part, Handre Pollard will wear jersey number ten in his 50th game.
With respect to the South African team champion of the World Cup in Japan 2019, there are four players who were not there and if they will play as starters this coming Saturday. They are the mainstays Ox Nché and Trevor Nyakane, the second line Franco Mostert and the eighth Kwagga Smith.
The backs will be exactly the same that started in that great game in Tokyo, with Faf de Klerk, Handre Pollard, Makazole Mapimpi, Damian de Allende, Lukhanyo Am, Cheslin Kolbe and Willie Le Roux.
Two forwards who did start that final, Frans Malherbe and Lood de Jager, will be waiting on the substitute bench. And also scrum half Herschel Jantjies who replaced De Klerk in the same game against England.
South Africa: 15 – Willie le Roux, 14 – Cheslin Kolbe, 13 – Lukhanyo Am, 12 – Damian de Allende, 11 – Makazole Mapimpi, 10 – Handré Pollard, 9 – Faf de Klerk, 8 – Kwagga Smith, 7 – Pieter-Steph du Toit , 6 – Siya Kolisi, 5 – Franco Mostert, 4 – Eben Etzebeth, Trevor Nyakane, 2 – Bongi Mbonambi, 1- Ox Nché
Alternates: 16 – Malcolm Marx, 17 – Steven Kitshoff, 18 – Frans Malherbe, 19 – Lood de Jager, 20 – Rynhardt Elstadt, Herschel Jantjies, 22 – Elton Jantjies, 23 – Damian Willemse