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Springboks Name Powerful Pack For England Twickenham Showdown

Springboks Duane Vermeulen

Rassie Erasmus has announced his Springboks matchday 23 which will take on England at Twickenham on Saturday.

Eddie Jones has already named his England team which includes Owen Farrell and Dylan Hartley as co-captains. Brad Shields, Tom Curry and Mark Wilson make up what is a relatively inexperienced international back row with just 10 caps between those three players.

This could play into the hands of the Springboks as they have named a pretty formidable pack with the likes of Steven Kitshoff, Malcolm Marx, Eben Etzebeth, Pieter-Steph du Toit, captain Siya Kolisi and Duane Vermeulen all included.


The side contains seven changes to the starting XV which played the All Blacks in Pretoria three weeks ago. No European-based players were considered because this fixture falls outside the designated international Test window.

England v South Africa kicks off at 3 pm on Saturday.

South Africa

15 Damian Willemse, 14 S’bu Nkosi, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Duane Vermeulen, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Lood de Jager, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 André Esterhuizen.

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Author: Sean McMahon

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