Siya Kolisi will begin as flanker for South Africa of their one-off Take a look at in opposition to Argentina at Loftus Versfeld, desirous to show his health forward of the Rugby World Cup in Japan subsequent month.
Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus named a wholly new choice for Saturday’s match in Pretoria, the penultimate fixture for the facet earlier than they open their World Cup marketing campaign in opposition to New Zealand in Yokohama on September 21.
Common skipper Kolisi, who missed the entire of the Boks’ victorious Rugby Championship marketing campaign with a knee harm, just isn’t anticipated to play the total 80 minutes and so the facet will likely be captained by veteran hooker Schalk Brits.
“I’ve requested Siya to empty his tank and go as onerous for so long as he can,” Erasmus mentioned.
“I’ve informed him he may even come off within the first half. He has performed lower than 50 minutes of Currie Cup rugby within the final 12 weeks however I wanted him to have a style of Take a look at rugby once more earlier than we go away for Japan.”
Brits, one in all quite a lot of gamers vying for a spot within the Boks’ 31-man World Cup squad that will likely be introduced on August 26, will make his first worldwide begin in 11 years and on the age of 38 will grow to be the oldest first time captain of the facet.
Erasmus has challenged quite a lot of gamers to push for a spot within the squad.
“It doesn’t matter what has occurred earlier than this weekend, the momentum we are going to go to the World Cup with will rely upon what occurs on Saturday,” Erasmus mentioned.
“A few of these gamers will know they’re on the airplane however for others it’s make or break – and even when they do not make the airplane there will likely be six standby roles to be recognized.
“We have picked a formidable pack and we noticed what the backline did in opposition to Australia so I’m actually excited to see what they will do on Saturday to show their very own case and in addition present simply how sturdy South African rugby is.”
Uncapped hooker Scarra Ntubeni and prop Wilco Louw will begin on the bench, whereas Cobus Reinach has been given a primary take a look at begin since 2014 within the scrumhalf berth.
The Boks beat Argentina 46-13 in Salta final weekend to seal the Rugby Championship title.
South Africa: Warrick Gelant, Sbu Nkosi, Jesse Kriel, Andre Esterhuizen, Dillyn Leyds, Elton Jantjies, Cobus Reinach, Marcell Coetzee, Rynhardt Elstadt, Siya Kolisi, Lood de Jager, RG Snyman, Vincent Koch, Schalk Brits (capt), Thomas du Toit.
Replacements: Scarra Ntubeni, Lizo Gqoboka, Wilco Louw, Marvin Orie, Marco van Staden, Kwagga Smith, Faf de Klerk, Frans Steyn.