25 Aug 2010

De Villiers makes "tough choices"

5:58 am on 25 August 2010

The Springbok coach Peter de Villiers says he had to make some tough choices when selecting the starting XV to face the Wallabies in their Tri-Nations rugby clash at Loftus Versfeld on Sunday.

The starting line-up fields two changes from the side that lost 22-29 to the All Blacks last week in Soweto, with Francois Steyn starting at fullback in place of Gio Aplon and centre Jaque Fourie returning to replace Juan de Jongh.

De Jongh moves to the bench, in place of Wynand Olivier, whilst Aplon falls out of the match 22.

Steyn last played a Test against Wales in Cardiff in early June and only rejoined the squad this week.

Fourie returns from a four-week suspension after he was yellow-carded during the previous clash with the Wallabies in Brisbane last month.

Juan Smith, the only injury concern after the All Blacks game, has been cleared and is included in the run-on XV.

There is one change amongst the reserves with Ryan Kankowski preferred as loose forward cover ahead of Francois Louw.

The Springbok team: 15 Frans Steyn, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Juan Smith, 6 Schalk Burger, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 John Smit (capt), 1 Gurthrö Steenkamp. Reserves: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Danie Rossouw, 19 Ryan Kankowski, 20 Ricky Januarie, 21 Butch James, 22 Juan de Jongh.