15 Aug 2013

Du Preez on bench for Boks

8:03 am on 15 August 2013

World Cup winner Fourie du Preez was named on the bench for South Africa as he prepares to end a two-year spell out of the international game in this weekend's Rugby Championship match against Argentina in Soweto.

The halfback was one of four changes to the squad that beat Samoa in the final of the four nations tournament in June that also featured Italy and Scotland.

Japan-based Du Preez has not played for the Springboks since 2011 but has been drafted back into the set-up by coach Heyneke Meyer as he begins preparations for the 2015 World Cup in England.

Meyer resisted the urge to start the 31-year-old for Sunday's match, opting for Ulster's Ruan Pienaar instead.

Two changes are in the starting XV with Duane Vermeulen taking over at number eight from the injured Pierre Spies and lock Juandre Kruger starting next to Eben Etzebeth in the middle row in place of Flip van der Merwe who moves to the bench.

The other change is on the bench where there is a return for experienced Toulouse prop Gurthro Steenkamp.

South Africa: 15-Willie le Roux, 14-Bjorn Basson, 13-JJ Engelbrecht, 12-Jean de Villiers, 11-Bryan Habana, 10-Morne Steyn, 9-Ruan Pienaar, 8-Duane Vermeulen, 7-Willem Alberts, 6-Francois Louw, 5-Juandre Kruger, 4-Eben Etzebeth, 3-Jannie du Plessis, 2-Adriaan Strauss, 1-Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements: 16-Bismarck du Plessis, 17-Gurthro Steenkamp, 18-Coenie Oosthuizen, 19-Flip van der Merwe, 20-Siya Kolisi, 21-Fourie du Preez, 22-Pat Lambie, 23-Jan Serfontein