Rassie Erasmus has named exciting young wing pairing S’busiso Nkosi and Aphiwe Dyantyi in his starting line up for Saturday’s first clash against England. Joining the wingers on debut is Bulls lock RG Snyman.
The Springbok side for Saturday differs drastically to the youthful selections of the team that travelled to Washington to face Wales last weekend (which included 13 new caps).
Duane Vermuelen makes up for the absence of Warren Whiteley at eighth man while the Northern Hemisphere duo of Willie Le Roux and Faf De Klerk bring both experience and form to the run on XV.
Pieter-Steph Du Toit, who captained the side against Wales, will provide impact and versatility from the bench as RG Snyamn will make his debut at lock alongside Franco Mostert.
With Bismarck and Frans Steyn ruled out of the series at the last minute, Akker Van Mervew will cover at hooker for Bongi Mobonambi. Erasmus has also opted for Janjtjies on the bench, meaning a probable shift to centre for Handre Pollard were there to be an injury in the centres.
The only concern comes in the form of prop Trevor Nyakane, who has been bracketed with Wilco Louw as he nurses a rib injury. A call will be made on Friday.
Springbok side to face England
15 Willie le Roux, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Trevor Nyakane/Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Wilco Louw/Thomas du Toit, 19 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Warrick Gelant