Jacques Nienaber and his team has announced their side for this coming weekend second test against the All Blacks at Emirates Airline Park.
He had to make two injury enforced changes with De Klerk and Arendse out due to protocols although Arendse would have been out in any case due to the suspension he received for his tackle on Barrett.
This means Jaden Hendrikse will get the start for this weekend after he replaced De Klerk within the first minute of the test last weekend.
On the wing Nienaber decided to go with the experienced Jesse Kriel to start with Le Roux and Hershel Jantjies the only cover on the bench for the backs.
The big news for the fans this week are that Vermeulen will be back in the starting lineup with Wiese moving to the bench to come on in the second half.
Kwagga Smith will again come into the game as impact player from the bench with Marx, Kitshoff and Koch the cover for the frontrow.
Mostert will again play off the bench this weekend.
Kolisi, Du Toit and Vermeulen will play the first time together on Saturday since the World Cup in 2019.
In the starting front row Ox gets the start inplace of Trevor for this weekend with Bongi who was named as the starting hooker but he sustained an injury in training which opened the door for Joseph Dweba to start this weekend.
“We made a few changes to the team, but Duane, Jesse and Herschel are all experienced players who know our systems well and have been stalwarts for the Boks,” said Nienaber.
“Ox has also shown his ability to make his presence felt in the front row, so he is back in the mix.”
Nienaber said they were mindful of the fact that Vermeulen is returning from injury, but he said this prompted him to tweak his forward cover on the bench.
“Duane has a massive presence on the field and there is no bigger game for him to make his comeback from injury than facing the All Blacks,” said Nienaber.
“He is an enforcer on attack and defence and we know he will give everything against a physical All Blacks team that are desperate to bounce back strongly from a challenging run of results.
“Jasper is also a warrior, and we know that he will have an equally strong presence when he takes the field.
Springbok team to face New Zealand in Johannesburg:
15 – Damian Willemse (DHL Stormers) – 19 caps, 12 pts (1t, 2c, 1p)
14 – Jesse Kriel (Canon Eagles) – 52 caps, 60 pts (12t)
13 – Lukhanyo Am (Cell C Sharks) – 29 caps, 25 pts (5t)
12 – Damian de Allende (Wild Knights) – 61 caps, 35 pts (7t)
11 – Makazole Mapimpi (Cell C Sharks) – 28 caps, 100 pts (20t)
10 – Handre Pollard (Leicester Tigers) – 63 caps, 649 pts (7t, 88c, 141p, 5d)
9 – Jaden Hendrikse (Cell C Sharks) – 5 caps, 5 pts (1t)
8 – Duane Vermeulen (Ulster) – 61 caps, 15 pts (3t)
7 – Pieter-Steph du Toit (Toyota Verblitz) – 61 caps, 25 pts (5t)
6 – Siya Kolisi (captain, Cell C Sharks) – 66 caps, 35 pts (7t)
5 – Lood de Jager (Wild Knights) – 59 caps, 25 pts (5t)
4 – Eben Etzebeth (Cell C Sharks) – 101 caps, 15 pts (3t)
3 – Frans Malherbe (DHL Stormers) – 49 caps, 5pts (1t)
2 – Joseph Dewba (DHL Stormers)
1 – Ox Nche (Cell C Sharks) – 10 caps, 0pts
16 – Malcolm Marx (Kubota Spears) – 50 caps, 55 pts (11t)
17 – Steven Kitshoff (DHL Stormers) – 62 caps, 5pts (1t)
18 – Vincent Koch (Wasps) 35 caps, 0 pts
19 – Franco Mostert (Honda Heat) – 54 caps, 5pts (1t)
20 – Jasper Wiese (Leicester Tigers) – 14 caps, 0 pts
21 – Kwagga Smith (Shizuoka Blue Revs) – 22 caps, 5 pts (1t)
22 – Hershel Jantjies (DHL Stormers) – 22 caps, 25 pts (5t)
23 – Willie le Roux (Toyota Verblitz) – 75 caps, 65 pts (13t)
Springbok record against New Zealand:
Played 102; Won 38; Lost 60; Drawn 4; Points for: 1651; Points against: 2108, Tries scored 158; Tries conceded 230; Highest score 46-40 in Johannesburg (2000); Biggest win 17-0 in Durban, 1928. Win % 37%.
- Handre Pollard is the second highest point scorer against New Zealand with 136 points in 13 Test matches, just 3 points less than Morné Steyn with 139 points in 13 Test matches.
- The very first Test match at Ellis Park was played against New Zealand on 21 July, 1928. New Zealand won this opening Test match 7-6.
- To date a further 13 Test matches between the Springboks and All Blacks were played at Ellis Park, with the Springboks’ winning nine of those 14 Tests, while the average score in these matches was 23-21.
- The first Test match against New Zealand in South Africa took place on 30 June, 1928 at Kingsmead in Durban. The Springboks won that match 17-0, the biggest winning margin against New Zealand until today.
- The total Test caps for the Springbok starting line-up is 715.
- There are 257 caps in the backline with 458 caps amongst the forwards. On the bench there are a further 334 caps.
- The average caps per player in the backline are 36, the forwards 57, while the players on the bench average 41.