Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber says a hard-working and mobile hooker like Joseph Dweba will be well-suited for a clash against a physical Argentina team.
Nienaber made 10 changes to the starting team, which features a fresh backline and front row, and two changes on the replacements bench. Most notably, Dweba will make his Springbok debut in a new-look team.
Commenting on his rotation of players, Nienaber said: “It is a long season, so it’s important that we manage the players well and rotate our squad to ensure that everyone gets sufficient game time and rest.
“We have a talented squad, and we are excited to see some of the players get a chance to show what they can do against a tough Argentinian outfit.
“Most of the players in this match-day squad have been with us since our conditioning camp in Bloemfontein in June, and they’ve been working hard at training and deserve this opportunity to take the field.
“This is a big game for us, and we are looking forward to seeing what these player combinations will deliver as we begin our Rugby Championship campaign.”
Nienaber congratulated Dweba on his pending Springbok debut and said: “Joseph is hard worker and a mobile hooker, which will be valuable traits against a physical side such as Argentina.
“He has shown what he can do for Bordeaux-Bègles and previously for the Toyota Cheetahs, so we are excited to see him make the step up to this level.”
Nienaber expected a tough Test against Los Pumas and said being physical and accurate in their execution were key factors going into the match.
“Argentina are very physical, so we need to stand up to that challenge in every contest,” said Nienaber.
“Their forward pack is renowned for making their presence felt, so our set pieces need to be spot on and it will be important to dominate at the contact points.
“All in all, we need to deliver an accurate performance all around and it is vital that we capitalise on the opportunities we have to score points.”
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