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Lambie starts at fullback

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 6 Nov 2013 at 14:39
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Heyneke Meyer has selected Pat Lambie as starting fullback in an experienced side to take on Wales this Saturday.

Frans Malherbe is set to make his debut, as well as young Pieter-Steph du Toit, albeit off the bench, in this match as Heyneke Meyer selects a few youngsters mixed in with the experience of Jaque Fourie and JP Pietersen.

The backline boasts the most caps ever in a Springbok backline, with Lambie the most inexperienced player of the lot. The midfield combination of Jena de Villiers and Jaque Fourie is reunited for the first time under the Meyer reign, while the back three of Pietersen, Bryan Habana and Pat Lambie has a certain attacking look to it.

Flip van der Merwe is selected to start alongside Eben Etzebeth, while the loose trio of Vermeulen, Alberts and Louw is unchanged from the last matches of the Rugby Championship.

As mentioned, the bench will see Pieter-Steph du Toit make his debut, while Adriaan Strauss, Guthro Steenkamp and Coenie Oosthuizen provide front row cover. Kolise will make an impact for one of the loose forwards.

It is the reserve backs that surprise somewhat, with Ruan Pienaar an expected selection, JJ Engelbrecht and Willie le Roux offer attacking options off the bench, but with no flyhalf cover, Johan Goosen misses out on selection.

Springboks: 15. Pat Lambie, 14. JP Pietersen, 13. Jaque Fourie, 12. Jean de Villiers, 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Morne Steyn, 9. Fourie Du Preez, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Willem Alberts, 6. Francois Louw, 5. Flip van der Merwe, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 1. Tendai Mtawarira.

Substitutes: 16. Adriaan Strauss, 17. Guthro Steenkamp, 18. Coenie Oosthuizen, 19. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 20. Siya Kolisi, 21. Ruan Pienaar, 22. JJ Engelbrecht, 23. Willie le Roux.


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