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Bok captain on WP bench


  • 09 Oct 2013
Jean de Villiers was named on the bench for WP Jean de Villiers was named on the bench for WP

Four returning Springboks will start for Western Province against the Sharks in Durban on Saturday, with Jean de Villiers among the substitutes.

No 8 Duane Vermeulen, lock Eben Etzebeth, flank Siya Kolisi and outside centre Juan de Jongh will all start for the defending champions.

De Villiers will join Springbok team-mate Schalk Burger among the WP replacements, with utility forward Michael Rhodes dropping to the bench to make way for the return of Etzebeth.

Flank Rynhardt Elstadt misses out with an injury, while Deon Fourie will again lead the WP team.

Eleven players who started in last year’s Currie Cup final, also against the Sharks at Kings Park, will return in starting roles for this weekend’s top-of-the-log clash, with prop Frans Malherbe and scrumhalf Nic Groom part of the bench this time.

Coach Allister Coetzee said: 'We have selected our best available team, taking into account the well-being of someone like Jean de Villiers, and we’re looking forward to facing the Sharks.'

WP remain the only unbeaten side in the competition with seven wins and two draws, which sees them a point ahead of the Sharks.

Western Province – 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Deon Fourie (c), 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Subs: 16 Frans Malherbe, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Michael Rhodes, 19 Schalk Burger, 20 Nic Groom, 21 Kurt Coleman, 22 Jean de Villiers.

Photo: Dominic Barnardt/Gallo Images

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