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4 Scrumhalves for Romania

Rienaber has selected all 4 scumhalves in the squad for the game against Romania. Grant Williams starts at wing with Faf covering the flyhalf position from the bench. Manie Libbok is rested with Damian Willemse running the back line. Bongi Mbonambi captains the side with Deon Fourie covering from the bench.


De Allende back for Scots

Canan Moodie and Jean Kleyn were not selected for the Boks’ crucial first WC game on Sunday due to niggles. Rienaber has reverted to De Allende at inside centre, Cheslin Kolbe switches 11 and Jasper Wiese starts at 8. Clearly the plan is to have the old heads of Duane Vermeulen and Willie le Roux on the bench to help close the game out.


Pollard, Am and Lood miss the WC

Handre Pollard (long term injury), Lukhanyo Am (aggravated the knee injury he just recovered from) and Lood de Jager (struggling with an undisclosed illness) have been left out of the World Cup squad. Am’s misfortune opens the door for Andre Esterhuizen. Very stoked that Grant Williams made the cut and I feel for Thomas du Toit who lost out.


Challenging URC start for Sharks

The Sharks will start the URC with four games in Europe = the first two games against top Irish sides Munster and Leinster.

The Sharks will be without most of their current Boks (due to the RWC). So will the Irish sides be stripped of Irish internationals, but their second tier players fit more seamlessly into their teams and playing style while there is a huge difference in the Sharks with Boks and without.


Team for Lions game

Joey Mongale has again made some rotational changes for the game against the Lions. Khwezi Mona, Fez Mbatha and Henco Venter start in place of Dian Bleurer, Dameon Venter and Celimpilo Gumede who all drop out of the squad. Tiaan Fourie, Alwayno Visagie and Aphelele Fassi start in place of Bradley Davids, Rohan Janse van Rensburg and Marnus Potgieter who all drop to the bench. Kerron van Vuuren comes into the squad onto the bench.