10 Jul 2010

Bakkies Botha fit for Springboks

11:29 am on 10 July 2010

The Springboks will field their most experienced pair of locks in the opening Tri Nations rugby Test against the All Blacks in Auckland.

Vice-captain Victor Matfield will be joined by Bakkies Botha after coach Peter de Villiers delayed naming the team until Thursday because Botha was in doubt with a leg injury.

It'll be Matfield's 96th Test and Botha's 68th.

South Africa: Gurtho Steenkamp, John Smit (c), Jannie de Plessis, Bakkies Botha, Victor Matfield, Schalk Burger, Francois Louw, Pierre Spies; Ricky Januarie, Morne Steyn, Bryan Habana, Wynand Olivier, Jacque Fourie, Jean de Villiers, Zane Kircher. Replacements: Chilliboy Ralepelle, BJ Botha, Andries Bekker, Danie Roussow, Ruan Pienaar, Butch James, Gio Aplon.