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Coetzee Makes Two Changes To Springboks Starting XV Ahead Of Deciding Third Test

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 18: Lionel Mapoe and Elton Jantjies of the Springboks with coach Allister Coetzee after the 2nd Castle Lager Incoming Series Test match between South Africa and Ireland at Emirates Airline Park on June 18, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Allister Coetzee has made two changes to his starting fifteen as the Springboks prepare themselves for what is sure to be a titanic third and deciding test in Port Elizabeth this Saturday.

Lions duo Ruan Combrinck and Warren Whiteley have been rewarded for the massive performances they put in last weekend, coming off the bench to score a try a piece in order to claw back Ireland’s sixteen point lead and secure the test victory, with Combrinck being named as man-of-the-match.

Combrinck was fearless and courageous in front of his home crowd as he fully utilised his raw-iron strength and explosive power, the winger was a constant threat when introduced into the game at the beginning of the second forty as he bulldozed his way to victory. The Lion now takes the place of Lwazi Mvovo on the wing who has been dropped to the bench.

Warren Whiteley has been drafted into the rear of the scrum and takes the place of an injured Duane Vermeulen, who having been made ineligible for Toulon’s championship run-in for a Top 14 title, has had a very lacklustre test series by his usual standards. Whiteley will certainly offer more at the Springboks scrum’s stern based on current form.

Among the replacements, two uncapped players have been drafted into the squad in the form of Lion Jaco Kriel and Stormer Steven Kitshoff while Adriaan Strauss is poised to lead the side out once again as Coetzee’s men look to stint Ireland’s aspirations of claiming a first ever series victory in the African continent.

Coetzee has been speaking to the media in the build-up to the match in which he has stated that his side are looking forward to the test that faces them this weekend:

“It will be another huge battle between the sides on Saturday,” said Coetzee.

“Both sides have suffered injuries before and during the series, but that it is part of the game and it again provides opportunities for others to come in and stake their claim.

“Jaco has been close to selection every time and he now gets his chance in the match day squad. Steven has worked extremely hard since we got together as a team and he also has an opportunity to show his promise should he take to the field.

“We know what is at stake on Saturday – it’s a matter of winner takes all scenario. This group of players will continue to grow together as a team and Saturday they have the opportunity to gain more experience by playing together.”

Here is a full list of the starting Springbok XV for this weekend:

The Springbok team to face Ireland in Port Elizabeth:

15. Willie le Roux Cell, C Sharks 36 caps, 45 points
14. Ruan Combrinck, Emirates Lions 1 cap, 5 points
13. Lionel Mapoe, Emirates Lions 3 caps, 0 points
12. Damian De Allende, DHL Stormers 15 caps, 10 points
11. JP Pietersen, Cell C Sharks 68 caps, 115 points
10. Elton Jantjies, Emirates Lions 4 caps, 25 points
9. Faf de Klerk, Emirates Lions 2 caps, 0 points
8. Warren Whiteley, Emirates Lions 5 caps, 5 points
7. Siya Kolisi, DHL Stormers 15 caps, 0 points
6. Francois Louw, Bath England 45 caps, 40 points
5. Pieter-Steph du Toit, DHL Stormers 10 caps, 5 points
4. Eben Etzebeth, DHL Stormers 46 caps, 10 points
3. Frans Malherbe, DHL Stormers 14 caps, 0 points
2. Adriaan Strauss, (captain) Vodacom Bulls 56 caps, 30 points
1. Tendai Mtawarira, Cell C Sharks 77 caps, 10 points
16. Bongi Mbonambi, DHL Stormers 0 caps, 0 points
17. Steven Kitshoff, Bordeaux, France 0 caps, 0 points
18. Julian Redelinghuys, Emirates Lions 4 caps, 0 points
19. Franco Mostert, Emirates Lions 1 caps, 0 points
20. Jaco Kriel, Emirates Lions 0 caps, 0 points
21. Rudy Paige, Vodacom Bulls 3 caps, 0 points
22. Morne Steyn, Stade Francais 61 caps, 694 points
23. Lwazi Mvovo, Cell C Sharks 17 caps, 30 points


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