Springboks reject ‘B team’ tag for Bloemfontein Test [watch]

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Springboks reject ‘B team’ tag for Bloemfontein Test [watch]

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber has rejected suggestions he had selected a “B team” for the second Test against Wales in Bloemfontein.

Nienaber made a number of changes to the 23-man squad that did duty in the first Test at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria last weekend.

That side ran out somewhat fortunate 32-29 winners.

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As many as six players will make their Springbok debuts in Bloemfontein on Saturday – certainly not something we have seen in recent years.

Questions asked over some Springbok selections

There were eyebrows raised and questions asked about some of the selections, particularly the decision to drop skipper Siya Kolisi without so much as an explanation in the official team announcement press release.

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Will Nienaber’s selections prove to be a masterstroke – or backfire badly?

We don’t have long to wait to find out!

Kick-off is at 17:05 (SA time).

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TEAMS:

South Africa

15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Aphelele Fassi, 10 Handre Pollard (captain), 9 Jaden Hendrikse, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Thomas du Toit

Substitutes: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Ntuthuko Mchunu, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Ruan Nortje, 20 Rynhardt Elstadt, 21 Deon Fourie, 22 Grant Williams, 23 Damian Willemse

Wales

15 Liam Williams, 14 Louis Rees-Zammit, 13 George North, 12 Nick Tompkins, 11 Alex Cuthbert, 10 Dan Biggar (captain), 9 Kieran Hardy, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Tommy Reffell, 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Adam Beard, 4 Will Rowlands, 3 Dillon Lewis, 2 Ryan Elias, 1 Gareth Thomas

Substitutes: 16 Dewi Lake, 17 Wyn Jones, 18 Sam Wainwright, 19 Alun Wyn Jones, 20 Josh Navidi, 21 Tomos Williams, 22 Gareth Anscombe, 23 Josh Adams

Springboks v Wales. Photo: SA Rugby website

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