17 Jun 2009

Schalk Burger misses first Lions Test

8:05 am on 17 June 2009

Openside flanker Heinrich Brussow will make his first start for South Africa in the first rugby Test against the British and Irish Lions in Durban early Sunday.

The 22-year-old joined the squad in place of Schalk Burger, who has failed to recover from a calf injury. Brussow won his first cap off the bench against England at Twickenham last year.

There were no major surprises in the South Africa team with first five eighth and fullback being the only contentious positions.

Ruan Pienaar holds onto the No.10 jersey despite missing a large part of the Super 14 season with injury while utility back Frans Steyn was named at fullback.

There is only one uncapped player in the South Africa 22 with Bulls No.10 Morne Steyn included on the bench.

South Africa - 15-Frans Steyn, 14-JP Pietersen, 13-Adrian Jacobs, 12-Jean de Villiers, 11-Bryan Habana, 10-Ruan Pienaar, 9-Fourie du Preez, 8-Pierre Spies, 7-Juan Smith, 6-Heinrich Brussow, 5-Victor Matfield, 4-Bakkies Botha, 3-John Smit, 2-Bismarck du Plessis, 1-Tendai Mtawarira.

Replacements: 16-Gurthro Steenkamp, 17-Deon Carstens, 18-Andries Bekker, 19-Danie Rossouw, 20-Ricky Januarie, 21-Jaque Fourie, 22-Morne Steyn.