Nothing to lose

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November 25, 2016
Nothing to lose

CHANCE: Janse van Rensburg

Coetzee finally opts to play SA’s rookies.

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee has named the least experienced backline since 1994 for this weekend’s Test against Wales in Cardiff (kickoff 7.30pm).

With only 40 caps between them, Rohan Janse van Rensburg and Jamba Ulengo will be first-time Springboks in the final Test of the year.

The Bok coach has finally chosen to give fans a glimpse of the future and with the team selected, he has made sure that in this match, at least, there is nothing to lose and everything to gain for the Bokke.

It’s definitely the most exciting backline chosen to date by the Bok coach in 2016, with most of the players in form at domestic level.

The most experienced player in the backline is Johan Goosen, who has replaced Willie le Roux at the back of the line as Coetzee looks to build his squad for 2019.

Explaining his selection, the under-fire Bok coach says: “We have a less experienced team, but I want to see some energy and an improved performance.

“Our selection is also keeping in mind of the process and necessity to build towards 2019.”

Up front, Uzair Cassiem will also make his debut, with the uncapped Jean-Luc du Preez on the bench.

Of Cassiem, Coetzee says: “Uzair was impressive during our domestic competitions and he was Man of the Match in the Currie Cup final.

“He made a good impression during the build-up to the Barbarians match and has continued to work hard on this tour since re-joining us.

“Jamba, Uzair and Rohan are examples of players who have forced their way into the squad through consistently performing well on the domestic scene and during training on tour, and now they are getting their opportunities to play for the Boks.”

Springboks: 15 Johan Goosen, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Rohan JV Rensburg, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 PS du Toit, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Adriaan Strauss(c), 1 Tendai Mtawarira. Bench: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Jean-Luc du Preez, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Patrick Lambie, 23 Lionel Mapoe.

Wales: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 George North, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Scott Williams, 11 Liam Williams, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Gareth Davies; 8 Ross Moriarty, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Alun Wyn Jones, 4 Luke Charteris, 3 Tomas Francis, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Gethin Jenkins (captain). Bench: 16 Scott Baldwin, 17 Nicky Smith, 18 Samson Lee, 19 Cory Hill, 20 Taulupe Faletau, 21 Lloyd Williams, 22 Sam Davies, 23 Jamie Roberts.

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