Rugby: Springboks backline rejigged for All Blacks clash

Juan de Jongh moves to centre to accommodate Damian de Allende at second five. Photo / Getty
Juan de Jongh moves to centre to accommodate Damian de Allende at second five. Photo / Getty

Steady up front but changes to the Springbok backline for Sunday morning's Rugby Championship test with the All Blacks in Durban.

Coach Allister Coetzee has stuck with the same starting pack and six/two reserve mix that served him well last weekend in Pretoria.

However while he's only made two injury enforced changes to the back-line, it's seen a complete re-jig.

Faf de Klerk replaces Rudy Paige in a straight swap at halfback, Jesse Kriel is out, meaning Juan de Jongh moves to centre to accommodate Damian de Allende at second five, while Bryan Habana and Francois Hougaard switch wings.

No change at first five though with Morne Steyn to steer the Boks around the park.

South Africa: 15 Pat Lambie, 14 Francois Hougaard, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Faf de Klerk; 1 Tendai Mtawarira, 2 Adriaan Strauss (c) 3 Vincent Koch, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Francois Louw, 7 Oupa Mahoje, 8 Warren Whiteley.

Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Julian Redelinghuys, 19 Lood de Jager, 20 Willem Alberts, 21 Jaco Kriel, 22 Lionel Mapoe, 23 Willie le Roux.

- Radio Sport

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