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20:26  17 july  2019
20:26  17 july  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Etzebeth was called up to the Springbok squad for the first time by new head coach Heyneke Meyer ahead Uniquely he has made more international appearances than he has Super Rugby and Currie Cup appearances combined. Etzebeth played his 50th test for South Africa, against Australia in

Lock Eben Etzebeth , who slots in the bench, is the only change in the Springbok team to play There is, however, one change amongst the replacements, where Eben Etzebeth is set to provide impact off the “As I’ve said before, we know Saturday’s Test is going to be our most difficult match of the tour.”

Etzebeth to lead much-changed Boks against Australia © Getty Images Lock Eben Etzebeth.

JOHANNESBURG, July 17 (Reuters) - Lock Eben Etzebeth has been named captain of South Africa for their Rugby Championship opener against Australia at Ellis Park on Saturday, leading a much-changed squad that includes three uncapped players.

Coach Rassie Erasmus will send an advanced party of 15 players to New Zealand this week, well ahead of their second match in Wellington on July 27, and that has left the Springboks under-strength for the visit of the Wallabies.

Etzebeth, who leads the side for the 12th time, will be partnered in the second row by fit-again Lood de Jager, who missed most of the Super Rugby season for the Bulls with a shoulder problem.

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Lock Eben Etzebeth , who slots in the bench, is the only change in the Springbok team to play DUBLIN, IRELAND - NOVEMBER 11: Eben Etzebeth of South Africa (Captain) leads his side form There is, however, one change amongst the replacements, where Eben Etzebeth is set to provide

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Toulouse loose-forward Rynhardt Elstadt makes a first Bok appearance in the number six jersey vacated by injured regular skipper Siya Kolisi, while Stormers scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies gets a first cap in a half-back pairing with namesake Elton Jantjies.

Uncapped Bulls lock Lizo Gqoboka, who had an excellent Super Rugby campaign, is on the bench.

"We want to win the Rugby Championship and we have a specific plan, which starts Saturday with the first test against the Wallabies," Erasmus said in a media release from SA Rugby.

"We have planned to mix things up in the first two tests of the season, in order to give game time to as many of the players in our wider squad, and we believe this is the right combination to face a very good and competitive Australian side.

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Eben Etzebeth will continue to skipper the Springboks until injured first-choice captain Warren Whiteley returns, coach Allister Coetzee said in Port Elizabeth Wednesday. Lock Etzebeth debuted as skipper in a 35-12 victory over France two months ago that wrapped up a season-opening 3-0 series success.

JOHANNESBURG - Eben Etzebeth is to lead the Boks while Warren Whitely continues recovering from a groin injury. Springbok coach Allister Coetzee said, "Eben did an excellent job against France in Johannesburg, when he had to step in at short notice after the late withdrawal of Warren.

"I want to congratulate Rynhardt, Herschel and Lizo on their first inclusion in a Springbok match-day squad, while the leadership role is not something new for Eben."

The backline has an inexperienced look as fullback Warrick Gelant, and wings Sbu Nkosi and Makazole Mapimpi, have only 15 caps between them.

But the forward pack is quite the opposite, with 107-cap prop Tendai Mtawarira leading the front-row, and Bath number eight Francois Louw and loose-forwards Pieter-Steph du Toit at the back of the scrum.

The bench also has plenty of experience in the form of veteran hooker Schalk Brits, Ulster loose forward Marcell Coetzee, potentially playing his first test in four years, and 2007 World Cup winner Frans Steyn.

Team:

15-Warrick Gelant, 14-Sbu Nkosi, 13-Jesse Kriel, 12-Andre Esterhuizen, 11-Makazole Mapimpi, 10-Elton Jantjies, 9-Herschel Jantjies, 8-Francois Louw, 7-Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6-Rynhardt Elstadt, 5-Lood de Jager, 4-Eben Etzebeth (captain), 3-Trevor Nyakane, 2-Bongi Mbonambi, 1-Tendai Mtawarira

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Leading from the front: Eben Etzebeth ,. Credit:AP. Whiteley is not likely to be back before the end of September, which means Etzebeth could be captain for at least five of the six Springboks fixtures in this year's southern hemisphere championship, starting with the home clash against Argentina in Port

The Stormers flanker was named to lead the Boks against England. * Du Toit will skipper South Africa against Wales in U.S. (Adds quote from ANC official, releads, changes headline). Overlooked last year when then coach Allister Coetzee preferred Etzebeth despite Kolisi being the lock's captain

Replacements: 16-Schalk Brits, 17-Lizo Gqoboka, 18-Vincent Koch, 19-Marvin Orie, 20-Marcell Coetzee, 21-Cobus Reinach, 22-Frans Steyn, 23-Dillyn Leyds. (Reporting by Nick Said, editing by Ed Osmond and Christian Radnedge)

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Etzebeth to lead much-changed Boks against Australia
Etzebeth to lead much-changed Boks against Australia
Etzebeth to lead much-changed Boks against Australia
Etzebeth to lead much-changed Boks against Australia
Etzebeth to lead much-changed Boks against Australia
Etzebeth to lead much-changed Boks against Australia
Etzebeth to lead much-changed Boks against Australia
Etzebeth to lead much-changed Boks against Australia
Etzebeth to lead much-changed Boks against Australia
Etzebeth to lead much-changed Boks against Australia
Etzebeth to lead much-changed Boks against Australia
Etzebeth to lead much-changed Boks against Australia
Etzebeth to lead much-changed Boks against Australia
Etzebeth to lead much-changed Boks against Australia
Etzebeth to lead much-changed Boks against Australia
Etzebeth to lead much-changed Boks against Australia
Etzebeth to lead much-changed Boks against Australia
Etzebeth to lead much-changed Boks against Australia
Etzebeth to lead much-changed Boks against Australia
Etzebeth to lead much-changed Boks against Australia
Etzebeth to lead much-changed Boks against Australia
Etzebeth to lead much-changed Boks against Australia
Etzebeth to lead much-changed Boks against Australia
Etzebeth to lead much-changed Boks against Australia
Etzebeth to lead much-changed Boks against Australia
Etzebeth to lead much-changed Boks against Australia
Etzebeth to lead much-changed Boks against Australia
Etzebeth to lead much-changed Boks against Australia
Etzebeth to lead much-changed Boks against Australia
Etzebeth to lead much-changed Boks against Australia
Etzebeth to lead much-changed Boks against Australia
Etzebeth to lead much-changed Boks against Australia

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