Kurt-Lee Arendse will start in the injury-enforced absence of Canan Moodie as the Springboks made four changes to the starting lineup for the World Cup opener against Scotland on Sunday.
Jacques Nienaber named the matchday squad for South Africa’s opener in Marseille, featuring a few changes from the side that thrashed New Zealand at Twickenham.
Scrumhalf Faf de Klerk, who will play in his 50th Test match, is one of 11 players to retain their starting places from the record victory against the All Blacks.
There is only one change in the Springbok starting pack at No 8, where Jasper Wiese takes over from Duane Vermeulen, who moves to the bench.
The changes in the backline see Damian de Allende and Jesse Kriel unite in a midfield pairing, and Cheslin Kolbe returns as a left wing in place of Makazole Mapimpi.
Two players, utility back Moodie and lock Jean Kleyn, were not considered for selection due to hamstring and knee niggles respectively.
Nienaber opted for a 6-2 bench split with Bongi Mbonambi (hooker), Ox Nche, Trevor Nyakane (both props), RG Snyman (lock), Marco van Staden (flanker) and Vermeulen named as the impact forwards, while Grant Williams and fit-again Willie le Roux provide backline cover.
Springboks – 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Subs: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Marco van Staden, 21 Duane Vermeulen, 22 Grant Williams, 23 Willie le Roux.
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