Like Conan the Barbarian, Springbok coach Allister Coetzee will be hoping his young warriors show great maturity when they step onto the battlefield against the Barbarians at Wembley on Saturday (4.30pm).
Coetzee has named no less than nine uncapped players in his match 23 and will be hoping his troops can display the sort of killer instinct they had during the domestic season this year.
After selecting his young squad, which includes players such as Rohan Janse van Rensburg and Sergeal Petersen, Toetie says: ““We rewarded several young players for their performances in Super Rugby and the Currie Cup and we will approach this match as a Test, although no caps will be awarded.
“It will be a really big occasion for our young players, but we’re excited to be giving them an opportunity.
““The excitement and enthusiasm of the new inclusions is contagious.
“In ideal circumstances I would’ve preferred to give every player in the squad a run, but this tour was also about introducing players who are on our radar for the future, while also introducing them to the Springbok way and ethos.
“I am sure they will work even harder to stay in the squad.”
“Several young players for their performances in Super Rugby and the Currie Cup and we will approach this match as a Test, although no caps will be awarded.
South Africa: 15 Jesse Kriel, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Pat Lambie (captain), 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Teboho Mohojé, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Tendai Mtawarira. Bench: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Eben Etzebeth, 20 Jean-Luc du Preez, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Tian Schoeman, 23 Ruan Combrinck.