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Keegan Daniel: To make his first Test start in Saturday's clash with South Africa

Keegan Daniel: To make his first Test start in Saturday's clash with South Africa

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Keegan Daniel will make his first Test start for South Africa in their opening Rugby Championship clash against Argentina on Saturday.

The 27-year-old, who has made three substitute appearances for the Boks since making his Test debut in 2010, will pack down at No8 in place of the injured Pierre Spies, who requires surgery on his finger.

Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer said: "Keegan has been playing really well in Super Rugby and he has put up his hand.

"What you lose in physicality with Keegan you gain with the X-factor he brings to the team."
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Experience

"It is a setback losing someone of Pierre's experience but I think that Keegan is the logical choice to replace Pierre. It is a step up and it is in his hands now to see if he can play at this level.

"What you lose in physicality with Keegan you gain with the X-factor he brings to the team."

South Africa's starting xv shows six changes to the team who drew 14-14 with Enlgnad in the third Test in June with Morne Steyn retained a fly-half despite criticism about his current form.

South Africa: Kirchner, Mvovo, Villiers (captain), Frans Steyn, Habana, Morne Steyn, Hougaard, Daniel, Alberts, Coetzee, Bekker, Etzebeth, Jannie du Plessis, Bismarck du Plessis, Mtawarira.

Replacements: Strauss, Cilliers, van der Merwe, Potgieter, Pienaar, Lambie, Engelbrecht.

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