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Damian Willemse, Jesse Kriel and Herschel Jantjies start against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday as Springboks coach Jacques Nienaber made four changes to his match squad which beat the All Blacks in their first Castle Lager test Outgoing Tour.

Willemse, who has 14 test caps, will win his fourth start in the green and gold when he runs short of a fullback, while it will be Jantjies’ third test in the No.9 jersey as he does team with Handré Pollard in the half-back combination.

Kriel, who starts on the right wing, will win his 49e cap in the match which will start at 5.30 p.m. (7.30 p.m. SA) and will be broadcast live on SuperSport.

Willemse replaces Willie le Roux in a change of rotation, and Jantjies succeeds Faf de Klerk who was ruled out of the squad due to a hip flexor injury. Kriel replaces Sbu Nkosi, who has yet to travel to the UK while awaiting the necessary documents.

Jantjies ‘promotion to the starting lineup sees Cobus Reinach being drafted from the substitutes’ bench in the only change among the reserves.

Herschel Jantjies will start in the scrum half in place of injured Faf de Klerk.

“We have selected this team with the aim of maintaining consistency in the selection for the Castle Lager Rugby Championship, but at the same time to give players who have been knocking on the door for some time now the opportunity to play,” Nienaber said. .

“Damian and Herschel have played quite a bit off the bench and it’s a fantastic opportunity to give them a chance to start as we look to strengthen our squad for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

“Jesse has also trained a lot; he’s very experienced and he brings the physique that will be needed against Wales.

“We know what we have in Willie and Faf, and it’s important to give Damian and Herschel time to develop and compete in the starting roles.

“Wales are a quality team, and this will present an exciting opportunity for all of these players to make their mark in what is a very important test to set the tone for this tour, and also in the run-up to the Cup. rugby world. “

Nienaber expected Wales to pose a big threat, especially as the Six Nations champions will be playing for an almost full squad and given that the Boks haven’t won in Cardiff since 2013.

Jesse Kriel in action against Georgia in July.

“Wales are a tough team to beat and our record here over the past few years is proof of that,” said Nienaber.

“We also beat them in the Rugby World Cup semi-finals, so we know it’s going to be a tough task for a test.

“They might have lost to the All Blacks last week (54-16) but that result was in the absence of a number of key players, so this week will be a completely different proposition.

“They have a formidable group of equally experienced and high caliber attackers and backline players, several of whom have played for the British and Irish Lions, and to add to that they will be playing in the cool and possibly wet conditions in which they will play. are well suited., so we know what lies ahead.

“Having said that, we had a good training camp in France last week and some of the overseas-based players were in action for their clubs so the player is back in the swing of things focused and excited at the ‘idea to come back to the field. “

Cobus Reinach was promoted to the bench.

The Springboks will travel to Edinburgh to face Scotland and then London where they will face England after this weekend’s game.

Paul Williams (New Zealand) has been appointed match referee and will be assisted by Andrew Brace (Ireland) and James Doleman (New Zealand), while Olly Hodges (Ireland) will be the televised match official.

Springbok’s side will face Wales in Cardiff:

15 – Damian Willemse (DHL Stormers) – 14 caps, 5pts (1t)
14 – Jesse Kriel (Canon Eagles) – 48 caps, 60 pts (12t)
13 – Lukhanyo Am (Cell C Sharks) – 23 caps, 25 pts (5t)
12 – Damian de Allende (Munster) – 55 selections, 35 pts (7t)
11 – Makazole Mapimpi (Cell C Sharks) – 22 caps, 85 pts (17t)
10 РHandr̩ Pollard (vice-captain, Montpellier) Р57 selections, 568 pts (6t, 83c, 120p, 4d)
9 – Herschel Jantjies (DHL Stormers) – 18 caps, 25 pts (5t)

8 – Duane Vermeulen (Ulster) – 58 selections, 15 pts (3t)
7 РKwagga Smith (Yamaha J̼bilo) Р16 selections, 5 pts (1t)
6 – Siya Kolisi (captain, Cell C Sharks) – 60 caps, 30 pts (6t)
5 – Lood de Jager (Sale Sharks) – 53 caps, 25 pts (5t)
4 – Eben Etzebeth (Toulon) – 94 selections, 15 pts (3t)
3 – Trevor Nyakane (Vodacom Bulls) – 51 caps, 5pts (1t)
2 – Bongi Mbonambi (Cell C Sharks) – 45 selections, 45 pts (9t)
1 РOx Nch̩ (Cell C Sharks) Р6 caps, 0pts


16 – Malcolm Marx (Kubota Spears) – 43 caps, 45 pts (9t)
17 – Steven Kitshoff (DHL Stormers) – 56 caps, 5pts (1t)
18 – Vincent Koch (Saracens) – 28 caps, 0 pts
19 – Franco Mostert (Honda Heat) – 48 caps, 5pts (1t)
20 – Jasper Wiese (Leicester Tigers) – 8 caps, 0 pts
21 – Cobus Reinach (Montpellier) – 18 selections, 40pts (8t)
22 – Elton Jantjies (NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes) – 41 caps, 309 pts (2t, 64c, 56p, 1d)
23 – Frans Steyn (Toyota Cheetahs) – 71 selections, 141pts (11t, 7c, 21p, 3d)

Springbok record against Wales:

Played 29; Won 23; Lost 6; Drawn 0; Points for 861, Points against 553; Tries scored 100, Tries conceded 45; Best score 96 pts, Biggest victory 83 pts; % Win: 79%.

Match statistics:

  • Frans Steyn needs nine more points to reach 150 career points for the Springboks.
  • Bongi Mbonambi and Malcolm Marx need one try each to reach 10 tries and 50 career points.


  • The total number of test caps for Springbok Starter Training is 620.
  • There are 237 caps in the backline with 383 caps among the attackers. On the bench there is another 313 caps.
  • The average caps per player in the baseline are 33 the fronts 47 while the players on the bench on average 39.


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