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Louw down at six for Welsh Test

11 June 2014

Francois Louw will start at number six for the Springboks when they take on Wales in Durban on Saturday (kick-off 16.00, live on Sky Sports 1).

There are six changes to the matchday squad from the team which comprehensively beat the World XV last weekend in Cape Town, four of which are positional shifts. 

Louw is one of two Aviva Premiership players featured in the squad, with Saracens hooker Schalk Brits on the bench. Wales's tour of South Africa began on Tuesday with a convicing 12-34 defeat of Eastern Province Kings, with Bath Rugby loosehead Paul James playing an important role in the dominance of the Welsh pack.  

Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer believes Wales will pose a stern challenge to his side on Saturday. 

“They started their tour well [and] are always fired up and ready,” said Meyer, who formerly oversaw Leicester Tigers. “Wales have an experienced coaching team and they were the Six Nations champions in 2012 and 2013, as well as the back-bone of the British & Irish Lions team which beat Australia last year, so this will be a massive challenge in our first Test of the season.”

South Africa team to face Wales

15 Willie le Roux             

14 Cornal Hendricks       

13 JP Pietersen

12 Jan Serfontein

11 Bryan Habana             

10 Morné Steyn               

9 Fourie du Preez

1 Gurthrö Steenkamp   

2 Bismarck du Plessis (vice-captain)

3 Jannie du Plessis

4 Bakkies Botha               

5 Victor Matfield (captain)

6 Francois Louw

7 Willem Alberts

8 Duane Vermeulen                      

Replacements

16 Schalk Brits  

17 Tendai Mtawarira     

18 Coenie Oosthuizen  

19 Lood de Jager             

20 Schalk Burger              

21 Ruan Pienaar              

22 Johan Goosen             

23 Lwazi Mvovo                

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