Springboks hand debut to du Preez
November 19, 2009
Wian du Preez starts for South Africa © Getty Images
Cheetahs prop Wian du Preez will make his Springbok debut against Italy in Udine on Saturday.
Du Preez is joined in the front-row by skipper John Smit and recalled hooker Adriaan Strauss. Strauss takes the place of injured Sharks No.2 Bismarck du Plessis, while Tendai Mtawarira makes way for du Preez.
Two further changes come in the pack, where Danie Rossouw slots in to the back-row in place of the injured Schalk Burger and Andries Bekker replaces a rested Victor Matfield. Matfield takes a place on the bench alongside potential new caps Francois Hougaard and Jean Deysel.
The Boks are still looking for their first win on tour after their midweek side was only able to follow the Test side's loss to France with a narrow defeat against Saracens at Wembley on Tuesday. The back division on display on Saturday has plenty of attacking menace and scrum-half Fourie du Preez will want to put on a show after being named as a nominee for the prestigious IRB World Player of the Year award.
He is again in harness with Morne Steyn and Adi Jacobs and Jaque Fourie continue their fledgling centre partnership.
South Africa: Zane Kirchner; JP Pietersen, Jaque Fourie, Adi Jacobs, Bryan Habana; Morne Steyn, Fourie du Preez; Wian du Preez , Adriaan Strauss, John Smit, Bakkies Botha, Andries Bekker , Heinrich Brüssow, Danie Rossouw, Ryan Kankowski
Replacements: Tendai Mtawarira, BJ Botha, Victor Matfield, Jean Deysel, Francois Hougaard, Ruan Pienaar, Wynand Olivier
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