Brits to lead Boks in Africa derby

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The Springbok winger, Cheslin Kolbe,who was the team's star against the All Blacks in Yokohama, will play off the bench against Namibia on Saturday. The tiny player is the cousin of Bloemfontein's 400-m world record holder and Olympic champion, Wayde van Niekerk. PHOTO: GETTY

The Springboks have rung the changes for Saturday’s Rugby World Cup clash against neighbours, Namibia, in the City of Toyota.

The veteran, Schalk Brits, will lead the Springboks onto the park, however, he will be playing at the back of the scrum instead of his usual position of hooker in the front row.

Makazole Mapimpi and Lukhanyo Am are the only two players remaining from the starting XV which lost 23-13 to the All Blacks in Yokokama last week. Six of the starters from a week prior will, however, play off the bench.

Saturday’s Test match between South Africa and Namibia will only be the second between the two countries in a Rugby World Cup Tournament. The previous time was during the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand when the Boks hammered the “Biltongboere” 87-0.

Springboks – 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Schalk Brits (captain), 7 Kwagga Smith, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements – 16 Steven Kitshoff, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Eben Etzebeth, 19 Siya Kolisi, 20 Franco Mostert, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Damian de Allende, 23 Cheslin Kolbe.

Namibia – 15 Johan Tromp, 14 Chad Plato, 13 JC Greyling, 12 PJ Walters, 11 Lesley Kim, 10 Cliven Loubser, 9 Eugene Jantjies, 8 Adriaan Booysen, 7 Muharue Katjijeko, 6 Thomasuo Forbes, 5 Tjiuee Uanivi, 4 Johan Retief, 3 AJ de Klerk, 2 Chuckie van der Westhuizen, 1 Desiderius Sethie.
Replacements – 16 Obert Nortjé, 17 André Rademeyer, 18 Aranos Coetzee, 19 Prince Gaoseb, 20 Janco Venter, 21 Wian Conradie, 22 Hilarius Kisting, 23 Johan Deysel. – MORGAN PIEK