SA Schools captain Adrian Alberts has recovered from an injury niggle to start in their second match against France in Stellenberg on Tuesday.
The team has been overhauled from the side that beat Wales 43-40 in a nailbiting victory in Paarl, with SA Schools coach Sean Erasmus making 12 changes to give each player an opportunity.
Only the halfback pair of Thomas Bursey and Juan Mostert, as well as outside centre Muzi Manyike, will start again.
‘All the players in the squad have worked hard and deserve a chance to get some game time,’ Erasmus said. ‘It’s good to have Adrian back and I’m looking forward to seeing him play with Lunga Ncube in the middle row, while we’ve also decided to use Sibusiso Sangweni at flank, to give us an extra option at the back of the lineout.
‘The boys have seen France’s impressive performance against England and we know we’re in for a massive challenge on Tuesday, but we have shown that we’re a team with character in coming back to beat Wales, so I’m excited about the match.
‘It’s been a short turnaround from Friday’s match against Wales, but we’ve put in a lot of very hard work to ensure we’re as well-prepared as possible for the French contest,’ Erasmus added.
SA Schools – 15 Darren Hendricks, 14 Sibabalwe Xamlashe, 13 Muzi Manyike, 12 Brendan Venter, 11 Wyclef Vlitoor, 10 Juan Mostert, 9 Thomas Bursey, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Sibusiso Sangweni, 6 Tristan Dullisear, 5 Adrian Alberts (c), 4 Lunga Ncube, 3 Hanro Jacobs, 2 Jacques Goosen, 1 Thabiso Mdletshe.
Subs from (forwards): Jean-Jacques Kotze, Dewald Donald, Herman Agenbag, Celimpilo Gumede, Uzile Tele, Emile van Heerden, Keketso Morabe, Jarrod Taylor, De Wet Marais. (Backs): Jurich Claasens, Mnombo Zwelindaba, Rynhardt Jonker, Lwandile Menze, Stravino Jacobs.
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