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Louw back for table-topping Boks

3 September 2014

Bath Rugby flanker Francois Louw is set to make his 33rd Test appearance against the Wallabies in Perth for the third round of the Rugby Championship on Saturday (k.o. 12.05).  

Louw, who won Man of the Match against Argentina in the last round of the competition, has scored five tries in his international career for the table-topping Springboks. Another tryscorer takes to the field for South Africa in the form of Bryan Habana, who will become the fourth Springbok and 33rd player overall to play in 100 Tests.

In total, the starting line-up shows six changes from the team which beat Argentina in Salta recently. Jan Serfontein and Morne Steyn will start in the backline, while Marcell Coetzee, Victor Matfield, Adriaan Strauss and Tendai Mtawarira have been included in the pack.

“Saturday’s Test against Australia will take a massive effort from every member of our squad. We’re not looking at their recent result against New Zealand [the Wallabies lost 51-20] and we know they will be a tough opponent," said South Africa head coach Heyneke Meyer. “Similarly, we need to move on from our victories over Argentina, which are now in the past. This is a new challenge and one we have to overcome to stay alive in the competition.” 

South Africa side to face Australia:

15 Willie le Roux
14 Cornal Hendricks
13 Jan Serfontein
12 Jean de Villiers (capt)
11 Bryan Habana
10 Morne Steyn
9 Ruan Pienaar
1 Tendai Mtawarira
2 Adriaan Strauss
3 Jannie du Plessis
4 Eben Etzebeth
5 Victor Matfield
6 Francois Louw
7 Marcell Coetzee
8 Duane Vermeulen

Replacements 

16 Bismarck du Plessis
17 Trevor Nyakane
18 Marcel van der Merwe
19 Lood de Jager
20 Warren Whiteley
21 Francois Hougaard
22 Pat Lambie
23 Lwazi Mvovo  

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