The Springboks have made three changes ahead of Saturday’s Rugby Championship clash with the Wallabies in Pretoria.
Rudy Paige is handed his first Test start at scrum-half and he partners the recalled Morne Steyn in the half-backs. Johan Goosen is dropped from the matchday squad with Pat Lambie named at fullback while Willie le Roux is named on the bench.
There is no place in the 23 for Elton Jantjies or Faf de Klerk who both started in the Boks defeat against the All Blacks in their last run out.
“We had a very good training week so far and there is definitely excitement amongst the players to play in front of our South African supporters again as we continue to build continuity with just the three changes to the starting team and an unchanged pack of forwards,” said South Africa coach Allister Coetzee.
“Pat has shown great confidence all week long and we are very pleased to have him back, as well as Lood [de Jager] and Julian [Redelinghuys], both of who have also shrugged off injuries. Willie will add a lot of experience on the bench.
“The selection of Pat at fullback fits into the way we want to play this weekend, together with his experience, calmness and leadership, which will be invaluable this weekend. Elton and Faf remain an integral part of the squad and both are part of our future plans, but Rudy and Morné deserve an opportunity to start.
“Australia will be determined to build on their previous two wins and they will pose difficult questions to us with their tactical and technical approach. We have our own goals to achieve within the two remaining matches, starting on Saturday when we play the Wallabies in front of a good crowd at Loftus.”
South Africa: Patrick Lambie, Bryan Habana, Jessie Kriel, Juan de Jongh, Francois Hougaard, Morne Steyn,Rudy Paige; Tendai Mtawarira, Adriaan Strauss, Vincent Koch, Eben Etzebeth, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Francois Louw, Teboho Mohoje, Warren Whiteley
Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi, Stephen Kitshoff, Julian Redelinghuys, Lood de Jager, Willem Alberts, Jaco Kriel, Lionel Mapoe, Willie le Roux
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