Wales v South Africa: Jaque Fourie back in favour; Debut for Frans Malherbe
Last Updated: 06/11/13 2:18pm
Jaque Fourie: centre handed Cardiff chance
South Africa have confirmed the return of Jaque Fourie and JP Pietersen to the starting XV to take on Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.
Centre Fourie starts for the first time since the 2011 World Cup, while wing Pietersen last played for South Africa almost a year ago due to a combination of injuries and non-availability.
"We're very fortunate to have two world-class players in JP and Jaque available for selection and I wanted to get then into the action as soon as possible," said Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer.
"They bring a vast amount of experience to the team and it was clear from our training sessions thus far that they are in great form and ready for Test rugby."
In the front-row, 22-year-old Frans Malherbe makes his debut in place of the injured Jannie du Plessis.
The only other change the pack on duty for the 38-27 defeat to New Zealand in Port Elizabeth in October is is at lock, where Flip van der Merwe starts next to Eben Etzebeth.
"Frans has big boots to fill, but he's been with us for most of 2012 and shown good form since recovering from injury recently and we don't have any doubts that he has what it takes to make the step up," said Meyer.
"He'll have two players with more than 50 Test caps each next to him in the scrum, and his general work-rate across the field and on defence is very good. I'm very happy for Frans."
A second uncapped player, lock Pieter-Steph du Toit, has been named on the bench.
"I've been following his career for a long time and Pieter-Steph has always impressed me," said Meyer.
"We first invited him to a training camp last year and he probably would've played for South Africa earlier this season had he not gotten injured. His inclusion in the squad is just reward for a young player who has successfully made the step up to senior rugby.
"To see Frans and Pieter-Steph make the step up to Test match rugby is wonderful. They are two very promising young players and deserve to play for the Springboks, just like we've used, with great success, players such as Willie le Roux, Jan Serfontein, JJ Engelbrecht, Arno Botha, Marcell Coetzee, Siya Kolisi, Eben Etzebeth and Trevor Nyakane in the last two seasons."
South Africa: 15 Patrick Lambie, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Willem Alberts, 5 Flip van der Merwe, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Gurthro Steenkamp, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 JJ Engelbrecht, 23 Willie le Roux