South Africa name unchanged starting XV for Saturday's Test against England

Last Updated: 21/11/12 11:53am

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Jean de Villiers: Will win his 84th Test cap at Twickenham

Jean de Villiers: Will win his 84th Test cap at Twickenham

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South Africa have named an unchanged starting line-up for Saturday's international with England at Twickenham.

Coach Heyneke Meyer has kept faith with the side that defeated Scotland 21-10 last weekend, with JP Pietersen and Gurthro Steenkamp overcoming niggles.

Eben Etzebeth starts in the second row after being cleared at a disciplinary hearing of making contact with the eyes of Scotland fly-half Greig Laidlaw.

The only changes are on the bench, where Pat Cilliers comes in for the injured CJ van der Linde and Elton Jantjies replaces experienced fly-half Morne Steyn.

Captain Jean de Villiers will become the fifth most-capped Springbok of all time when he plays in his 84th Test.

"It's great to be able to field an unchanged team," said Meyer. "We've been able to show some consistency in selection on this tour and that is a good thing.

"The players have worked extremely hard on the training field and it wasn't easy to select the match 23 for each of the three Tests, but I'm happy that we managed to stick to combinations."

South Africa: Zirchner (Bulls), Pietersen (Sharks), de Jongh (Western Province), de Villiers (Western Province, capt), Hougaard (Bulls), Lambie (Sharks), Pienaar (Ulster); Steenkamp (Toulouse), Struass (Cheetahs), du Plessis (Sharks), Etzebeth (Western Province), Kruger (Bulls), Louw (Bath), Alberts (Sharks), Vermeulen (Western Province). Replacements: Brits (Saracens), H van der Merwe (Leinster), Cilliers (Western Province), F van der Merwe (Bulls), Coetzee (Sharks), Jantjies (Lions), Taute (Lions), Mvovo (Sharks).

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