Cornal Hendricks Brought Into Bok Starting XV

South Africa was forced to make an injury-enforced change to the team for Saturday’s Rugby Championship match against New Zealand, with the uncapped Lionel Mapoe coming in for JP Pietersen.  Pietersen strained his hamstring at Wednesday’s training session at St Peter’s College and will not be available to face the All Blacks.  As a result, Cornal Hendricks will start at right wing, with Mapoe coming onto the bench.

Bok boss Heyneke meyer says:  ‘It’s a huge setback to lose JP for a big match such as this one as he has been in good form and brings valuable experience to our backline, but Cornal played against the All Blacks last year, scored a brilliant try in Wellington and is raring to go.  Lionel was not available for selection because of injury when we got together as a squad a few weeks ago and Jesse Kriel grabbed his opportunity with both hands.  That is why I am delighted that Lionel is now getting his chance.  We had a number of options on the bench, but decided on Lionel as he covers wing and outside centre, which is what we had in JP.’

Revised Springbok team to face New Zealand in Johannesburg is: 

Position

Name

Franchise / Club

Test Caps

Test points

15

Willie Le Roux

Cheetahs

26

35

14

Cornal Hendricks

Cheetahs

11

25

13

Jesse Kriel

Bulls

1

5

12

Damian De Allende

Stormers

4

0

11

Bryan Habana

Toulon

107

285

10

Handré Pollard

Bulls

10

75

9

Ruan Pienaar (vice-captain)

Ulster

81

135

8

Schalk Burger (captain)

Stormers

76

70

7

Francois Louw

Bath

35

25

6

Heinrich Brüssow

Cheetahs

20

5

5

Lood De Jager

Cheetahs

10

10

4

Eben Etzebeth

Stormers

34

5

3

Jannie Du Plessis

Sharks

63

5

2

Bismarck Du Plessis

Sharks

71

45

1

Tendai Mtawarira

Sharks

65

10

Replacements:

16

Adriaan Strauss

Bulls

45

25

17

Trevor Nyakane

Bulls

13

5

18

Vincent Koch

Stormers

0

0

19

Flip Van Der Merwe

Bulls

35

5

20

Warren Whiteley

Lions

2

0

21

Cobus Reinach

Sharks

7

10

22

Pat Lambie

Sharks

41

106

23

Lionel Mapoe

Lions

0

0

Photo credit: WESSEL OOSTHUIZEN / SASPA