South Africa name team to face All Blacks

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It is the first time since the Rugby World Cup semifinal in 2015 that the Springboks have named an unchanged 23 with coach Rassie Erasmus saying the team is heading into the world cup opener with ‘consistency’ and ‘momentum’.

 

Features of the team include a 50th appearance for barn-storming loose forward Duane Vermuelen and over 350 caps worth of experience on a powerful reserves bench.

 

The last time the All Blacks and South Africa met, they played out a 16-16 draw in Wellington on July 27.

 

In Rugby World Cup play, the rivals have met four times, with the honours shared at two wins each.

 

The All Blacks and South Africa meet in Yokohama at 9.45pm (NZT) on Saturday 21 September.

South Africa team to face the All Blacks:

15: Willie Le Roux

14: Cheslin Kolbe

13: Lukhnayo Am

12: Damian de Allende

11: Makazole Mapimpi

10: Handre Pollard

9: Faf de Klerk

8: Duane Vermeulen

7: Pieter-Steph du Toit

6: Siya Kolisi (C)

5: Franco Mostert

4: Eben Etzebeth

3: Frans Malherbe

2: Malcolm Marx

1: Steven Kitshoff

 

Reserves: Bongi Mbonambi, Tendai Mtwarira, Trevor Nyakane, RG Snyman, Francois Louw, Herschel Jantjies, Frans Steyn, Jesse Kriel.

 

The All Blacks name their side at 2.30pm NZT on Thursday 19 September.

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