Heyneke Meyer has made three changes to his team to take on the Wallabies this weekend. Bismarck du Plessis comes in at hooker for Adriaan Strauss, while in the second row Flip van de Merwe starts ahead of Juandre Kruger. Willie le Roux moves to the wing in palce of Bjorn Basson, with Zane Kirchner starting at fullback.
The Springbok team to face Australia in Brisbane:
15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Flip van der Merwe, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Juandré Kruger, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein
The biggest news for Australia is that Quade Cooper is handed a recall at the expense of Matt Toomua, who drops to the bench. Jesse Mogg also finds himself benched, with Israel Folau slotting in at fullback and Nick ‘Honey Badger’ Cummins handed his spot on the wing. Perhaps their biggest blow is the loss of skipper James Horwill – Kane Douglas starts in the engine room alongside Rob Simmons, while Will Genia takes the captaincy duties.
The Wallaby team to face South Africa in Brisbane:
1. James Slipper (Reds) 2. Stephen Moore (Brumbies) 3. Sekope Kepu (Waratahs) 4. Rob Simmons (Reds) 5. Kane Douglas (Waratahs) 6. Scott Fardy (Brumbies) 7. Michael Hooper (Waratahs) 8. Ben Mowen (vc – Brumbies) 9. Will Genia (c – Reds) 10. Quade Cooper (Reds) 11. Nick Cummins (Force) 12. Christian Leali’ifano (Brumbies) 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper (Waratahs) 14. James O’Connor (Rebels) 15. Israel Folau (Waratahs)
Replacements: 16. Saia Fainga’a (Reds) 17. Scott Sio (Brumbies) 18. Ben Alexander (Brumbies) 19. Ben McCalman (Force) 20. Jake Schatz (Reds)* 21. Nic White (Brumbies) 22. Matt Toomua (Brumbies) 23. Jesse Mogg (Brumbies)