28 Aug 2009

Pienaar replaces Steyn at fullback for Springboks

11:53 am on 28 August 2009

Rugby world cup holders South Africa have recalled Ruan Pienaar at the expense of Frans Steyn for Saturday night's Tri-Nations Test against Australia at Perth.

Pienaar, better known as a halfback or first five, was surprisingly named at fullback ahead of Steyn, who became the youngest player to win a world cup when he helped the Springboks to the 2007 title aged 20.

Earlier this season, the versatile Pienaar had lost his place at No.10 to lethal goalkicker Morne Steyn but coach Peter de Villiers says he's too good to leave out.

Steyn joins flanker Schalk Burger, making his comeback from a ban for eye-gouging against the British and Irish Lions in June, on a bench overflowing with talent.

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

Replacements: 16-Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17-Jannie du Plessis, 18-Andries Bekker, 19-Schalk Burger, 20-Ricky Januarie, 21-Adi Jacobs, 22-Frans Steyn.