Willem Alberts and Morné Steyn have been passed fit and will feature against Scotland at Murrayfield on Sunday, reports JON CARDINELLI in Edinburgh.
The blindside flank took part in Saturday's captain run at Murrayfield, and has been given the green light to start. He has been cleared of his shoulder injury.
Initially, Bok coach Heyneke Meyer had bracketed Alberts with Siya Kolisi in the No 7 position, while Marcell Coetzee was included as loose forward cover on the bench. Meyer explained that if Alberts passed fit, Coetzee would still feature from the bench, as the Sharks flanker hasn't enjoyed many Test opportunities in 2013.
With Alberts coming through the captain's run, the decision has been taken to retain Alberts and Coetzee in the match 23. Kolisi will not take part in this game.
Meanwhile, Steyn has recovered sufficiently from a back injury to take his place on the bench.
Springboks – 15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jean de Villiers (c), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Pat Lambie, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Flip van der Merwe, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Gurthrö Steenkamp.
Subs: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Tendai Mtawarira, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Eben Etzebeth, 20 Marcell Coetzee, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Morné Steyn, 23 JJ Engelbrecht.
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