South African Rugby

Thursday, November 22, 2007

SA Lineup for Wales

Bok captain John Smit and Bryan Habana are among nine members of the Boks' victorious World Cup final to face Wales in Saturday's game here at the Millennium Stadium.
Although several players are missing from the two game tour South Africa play the Barbarians next Saturday.

JP Pietersen, Jaque Fourie, and Francois Steyn are in the backs and upfront is Schalk Burger and Juan Smith together with Bakkies Botha and prop CJ van der Linde.

In all the team shows six changes and a positional switch from the one that beat the English. Among those missing against Wales will be goal kicking full-back Percy Montgomery, duo Butch James and Fourie du Preez, No 8 Danie Rossouw and Victor Matfield.

Ruan Pieenar takes the injured Montgomery's place with Andre Pretorius and Ricky Januarie providing the new half-back pairing.

Saturday's game will be Jake White's final game in charge of the Boks after four years in charge where he has come under political pressure from the muppet gang.

"I'm not unhappy about it. I'm very content with where we are as a group. The brief was when I took over we wanted to be number one in the world, we wanted to be world champions and I've been lucky enough and privileged enough to be part of that.

Sharks Ryan Kankowski, in line to make his debut on Saturday, is the only player from outside the World Cup squad.


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