De Villiers tinkers with Springboks line-up
November 20, 2008
Danie Rossouw will pack down against England at Twickenham on Saturday © Getty Images
Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has made two personnel changes and one positional switch to his side for Saturday's clash with England at Twickenham.
Tighthead prop Jannie du Plessis came into the front row in place of his injured brother Bismarck, with John Smit moving inside to hooker. There was also a change in the back row where Danie Rossouw is promoted from the bench to replace Juan Smith who took a blow to the head against Scotland and has not fully recovered.
The back division is unchanged - with Fourie du Preez still not fully recovered from a quadriceps injury - while there were two changes on the bench.
There were also two changes on the bench from where flanker Heinrich Brussow could make his Test debut if he is called into action while Chiliboy Ralepelle covers for John Smit. They replace Rossouw and the injured Gurthro Steenkamp.
Winger Bryan Habana was doubtful earlier in the week but is fit to start, and Brian Mujati, who has been struggling with a shoulder injury, was named among the replacements.
South Africa: Conrad Jantjes, JP Pietersen, Adi Jacobs, Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana, Ruan Pienaar, Ricky Januarie, Beast Mtawarira, John Smit (captain), Jannie du Plessis, Bakkies Botha, Victor Matfield, Schalk Burger, Danie Rossouw, Pierre Spies.
Replacements: Chiliboy Ralepelle, Brian Mujati, Andries Bekker, Ryan Kankowski, Heinrich Brussow, Frans Steyn, Jaque Fourie