8 Jun 2007

South Africa makes 13 changes for match against Manu Samoa

9:42 am on 8 June 2007

A new-look South African rugby side will hope to impress coach Jake White in a one-off international against Samoa in Johannesburg on Sunday morning.

White has made 13 changes to the side that completed a 2-0 series win over England last weekend, resting most of his first-choice players and handing a debut to the Stormers flanker Luke Watson.

The Springboks will field their most inexperienced backline since 1994 with just 50 caps between them.

Samoa are at full strength, barring rested centre Brian Lima, and coach Michael Jones promises they will bring their usual physical approach.

But their previous results have been disappointing, with South Africa scoring 60 points in three of the tests and winning the other 42-14.