4 Sep 2013

Three changes to Springboks' starting side

6:39 pm on 4 September 2013

The Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis will return to South Africa's starting line-up for the first time in more than a year in Brisbane on Saturday after the Springboks made three changes for their Rugby Championship match against Australia.

Du Plessis is finally back to full fitness after suffering a serious knee injury against Argentina last year.

There are two other changes to the starting lineup that beat Argentina two weeks ago with lock Flip van der Merwe coming into the side while Zane Kirchner will play his first test of the year at fullback after recovering from a hand injury.

Promotions for Du Plessis and Van der Merwe mean Adriaan Strauss and Juandre Kruger drop to the bench.

The Springboks have never beaten Australia in seven attempts at Lang Park and have lost five of their last six tests against the Wallabies.