Western Province and Stormers hooker Bongi Mbonambi has been axed from the Springboks’ match 23 for their crunch Rugby Championship Test against the All Blacks in Christchurch on Saturday (9.35am).
Taking his place on the wood will be the Lions’ Malcolm Marx, who has been one of the standout performers for his team in this year’s Super Rugby tournament.
Marx will be looking for maximum exposure in a tough tussle, as coach Allister Coetzee made two changes to his starting XV.
With Lood de Jager injured, Pieter-Steph du Toit gets a shot at running the lineouts, while Stormers prop
Vincent Koch will provide some extra experience at tighthead in place of Lourens Adriaanse.
Adriaanse drops to the bench where he will sit next to Willem Alberts, who have been roped in to bulk up the team, while Damian de Allende has been preferred to Lionel Mapoe as backline reserve.
Of possible debutant Marx, Coetzee says: “He is great player – he played against all the New Zealand franchises [in Super Rugby] and dominated his opposition in all games.
“It is just reward to be included and hopefully he will get a chance and show that. His general play is excellent, he is a physical boy.
“His scrummaging is also good and he will be put under pressure in the lineout and he will be tested there. I’m looking forward to see him play.”