23 Aug 2012

A couple of changes for Springboks

7:10 am on 23 August 2012

The Springboks have made two personnel changes and one positional for the Rugby Championship return match against Argentina in Mendoza this weekend.

A serious ligaments injury to hooker Bismarck du Plessis early in the 27-6 Cape Town victory last weekend ruled him out and his place goes to Adriaan Strauss as anticipated.

The other change is in the back row with Jacques Potgieter coming in as a flank in place of Willem Alberts, who switches to number eight with Keegan Daniel demoted to the bench.

This change was not unexpected with slightly built Coastal Sharks captain Daniel a largely anonymous figure at Newlands and he was taken off early in the second half.

Right wing Bryan Habana and 208cm lock Andries Bekker - the tallest Springbok in history - passed fitness tests on ankle injuries sustained in the first round of the southern hemisphere championship.

Debutants Argentina suffered a major blow when fly-half Juan Martin Hernandez pulled out of the team today with a hamstring injury sustained while training in Buenos Aires.