Three changes for South Africa for Pretoria encounter against All Blacks

Willie le Roux is set to make his 50th appearance for South Africa
Willie le Roux is set to make his 50th appearance for South Africa

South Africa head coach Rassie Erasmus has made three changes to the final round of the Rugby Championship clash against All Blacks to be played in Pretoria on Saturday.

Willie le Roux retains his place at fullback and is set to make his 50th appearance for the Boks while Bath's Francois Louw makes a return to take his number eight slot pushing Sikhumbuzo Notshe down to the bench.

The other two changes sees Damian de Allende returning from injury as Andre Esterhuizen drops out of the matchday 23 squad while Steven Kitshoff is reinstated at prop taking the place of Tendai Mtawarira.

“They will test us in every department. The All Blacks usually hit hard back after a loss, so we have to be mentally and physically ready for a massive contest," said Erasmus.

“We will have to front up in defence and be clinical when we are creating chances because the All Blacks punish you for errors and missed opportunities.

“The Springboks versus All Blacks at a packed Loftus, I think it’s going to be a special occasion.”

The last time these two teams met was in Wellington with South Africa edging out New Zealand with a 34-36 win.

South Africa line-up: Willie le Roux, Cheslin Kolbe, Jesse Kriel, Damian de Allende, Aphiwe Dyantyi, Handre Pollard, Faf de Klerk; Steven Kitshoff, Malcolm Marx, Frans Malherbe, Eben Etzebeth, Franco Mostert, Siya Kolisi, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Francois Louw.

Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi, Tendai Mtawarira, Vincent Koch, RG Snyman, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Embrose Papier, Elton Jantjies, Damian Willemse.


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