6 Aug 2008

Five changes to Boks for test against Argentina

3:24 pm on 6 August 2008

South Africa are resting flanker Schalk Burger and winger Bryan Habana for this weekend's Mandela Tribute test against Argentina in Johannesburg.

Springboks coach Peter de Villiers says Habana has a shoulder injury and Burger a neck injury but could have played if required. Instead they were being rested ahead of the home leg of the Tri-nations which starts with a test against the All Blacks in Cape Town on August the following week.

The side to play Argentina in the one off test includes two returning World Cup winning stars, halfback Fourie du Preez and centre Jaque Fourie who have both been named on the bench. Both players have been out injured.

Free State Cheetahs wing Jongi Nokwe replaces Habana and wins his first cap as one of five changes to the starting line-up that was defeated by the Australians in Perth on July 19.

Luke Watson replaces Burger on the flank.

Apart from the rested Burger and Habana, outside centre Francois Steyn, hooker Schalk Brits and loosehead prop Gurthro Steenkamp have been axed.

Adrian Jacobs returns in place of Steyn, Bismarck du Plessis returns from suspension at hooker and Tendai Mtawarira moves from the bench to replace Steenkamp.

Team: Conrad Jantjes, J P Pietersen, Adrian Jacobs, Jean de Villiers, Jongi Nokwe, Butch James, Enrico Januarie, Pierre Spies, Juan Smith, Luke Watson, Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha, CJ van der Linde, Bismarck du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira. Reserves: Adriaan Strauss, Brian Mujati, Andries Bekker, Joe van Niekerk, Fourie du Preez, Jaque Fourie, Percy Montgomery.