Boks recall Jaque Fourie and JP Pietersen
November 6, 2013
Jaque Fourie is back in the green and gold of the Sprinboks © Getty Images
The pair are currently both running out in Japan and Fourie makes his first start for the Boks since the 2011 World Cup while it will be Pietersen's first Test appearance this year. And Boks coach Heyneke Meyer is delighted to have the duo back. He said: "We're very fortunate to have two world-class players in JP and Jaque available for selection and I wanted to get then into the action as soon as possible.
"They bring a vast amount of experience to the team and it was clear from our training sessions thus far that they are in great form and ready for Test rugby."
While their back line boasts a huge 447 caps, there is a new face in the Boks' front-row as Frans Malherbe comes in for the injured Jannie du Plessis. The only other change to the pack from the side that faced New Zealand sees Flip van der Merwe starting next to Eben Etzebeth in the middle row.
"Frans has big boots to fill, but he's been with us for most of 2012 and shown good form since recovering from injury recently and we don't have any doubts that he has what it takes to make the step up," Meyer said. "He'll have two players with more than 50 Test caps each next to him in the scrum, and his general work-rate across the field and on defence is very good. I'm very happy for Frans."
Pat Lambie, JP Pietersen, Jaque Fourie, Jean de Villiers (captain), Bryan Habana, Morne Steyn, Fourie du Preez, Tendai Mtawarira, Bismarck du Plessis, Frans Malherbe, Eben Etzebeth, Flip van der Merwe, Francois Louw, Willem Alberts, Duane Vermeulen.
Replacements: Adriaan Strauss, Gurthro Steenkamp, Coenie Oosthuizen, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Siya Kolisi, Ruan Pienaar, JJ Engelbrecht, Willie Le Roux
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