Springboks v Ireland; Nienaber makes 13 changes
Jacques Nienaber has made 13 changes to the Springboks team that demolished Romania 76-0 on Sunday. Handre Pollard missed out on selection.
Springboks have announced a strong suad to face Ireland in their third World Cup match on Saturday.
Coach Jacques Nienaber made 13 changes and a positional switch as well naming a seven-one split in favour of the forwards on the replacements’ bench.
Bongi Mbonambi and Damian Willemse are the only two players who retain their place following the Springboks’s impressive 76-0 win against Romania on Sunday.
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“Ireland are a quality team with a strong pack of forwards and talented backs, and they play with a lot of speed, so we know what we have to do to deliver a top-drawer performance for things to go our way,” said Nienaber on SA Rugby.
“We faced them late last year and we’ve been keeping an eye on their performances this year, so everyone knows what we have to do this weekend.
“We’re fortunate to have a match-fit squad and have been building depth and versatility for a while and believe this is the best combination for this match. For many of these players this is their second or third World Cup, so they know what it takes to perform at this level, and we believe this team has the right balance of players to achieve what we would like to achieve in this match,” says the Boks coach.
“We know it’s going to be a grind of a match and we know we need to pitch up physically and mentally. We also need to start with intensity and stay focused until the final whistle.
“This is a massive game for both sides with an eye to progressing out of our pool, so we need to be extremely accurate in all areas of our game.”