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Louw named in Springbok squad for World Cup quarter-final

18 October 2019

Bath Rugby's Francois Louw has been named as a replacement for South Africa for their Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Japan on Sunday.

The Springboks have reverted to the starting XV and replacements that recorded a 49-3 victory over Italy a fortnight ago for the do-or-die clash in Tokyo.

Front rankers Tendai Mtawarira and Bongi Mbonambi, as well as Lood de Jager retain their places in the starting line-up, having been elevated to the XV from the one which lost against New Zealand in the opening match of the tournament.

The starting XV boasts 665 caps – the most in a Springbok team since the 2015 Rugby World Cup – when the squad included three Test centurions in Jean de Villiers, Victor Matfield and Bryan Habana.

The team to meet Japan contains five players with 50 or more caps in Willie le Roux, Duane Vermeulen, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Eben Etzebeth and centurion Mtawarira. There are another four players in the 40s in Kolisi, De Jager, De Allende and Handré Pollard.

Twelve of the starting XV – and 21 of the 23 – were in the team that overcame Japan six-tries-to-one (41-7) in Kumagaya, Japan, six weeks ago. The only absentees are Trevor Nyakane (prop) and Jesse Kriel (centre), who have both been invalided out of the tournament.

De Jager and prop Vincent Koch – who is on the bench – are the only two players who were not in the match 23 for the victory over Japan.

Erasmus again announced a six-two replacement split in favour of the forwards (rather than the traditional five-three), as was successfully deployed against the Azzurri.

The Springboks are aiming to reach the Rugby World Cup semi-finals for the fifth time in seven appearances while, for Japan, it is their first appearance in the play-off rounds at the ninth attempt.

The winner will play the victor in the France v Wales match in Yokohama on Sunday, 27 October.

THE SPRINGBOK TEAM TO FACE JAPAN

 

15. Willie le Roux (Toyota Verblitz, Japan), 58 caps - 60 points (12 tries)

14. Cheslin Kolbe (Toulouse, France), 12 - 35 (7t)

13. Lukhanyo Am (Cell C Sharks), 12 - 15 (3t)

12. Damian de Allende (DHL Stormers), 44 - 25 (5t)

11. Makazole Mapimpi (Cell C Sharks), 11 - 55 (11t)

10. Handré Pollard (Vodacom Bulls), 45 - 410 (6t, 70c, 76p, 4d)

9. Faf de Klerk (Sale Sharks, England), 27 - 15 (3t)

8. Duane Vermeulen (Vodacom Bulls), 51 - 15 (3t)

7. Pieter-Steph du Toit (DHL Stormers), 52 - 25 (5t)

6. Siya Kolisi (captain, DHL Stormers), 47 - 30 (6t)

5. Lood de Jager (Vodacom Bulls) 42 -25 (5t)

4. Eben Etzebeth (DHL Stormers), 82 - 15 (3t)

3. Frans Malherbe (DHL Stormers), 35 - 5 (1t)

2. Bongi Mbonambi (DHL Stormers), 33 - 35 (7t)

1. Tendai Mtawarira (Cell C Sharks), 114 - 10 (2t)

Replacements:

16. Malcolm Marx (Emirates Lions), 30 - 25 (5t)

17. Steven Kitshoff (DHL Stormers), 44 - 5 (1t)

18. Vincent Koch (Saracens, England) 18 - 0

19. RG Snyman (Vodacom Bulls), 20 - 5 (1t)

20. Franco Mostert (Gloucester, England), 36 - 5 (1t)

21. Francois Louw (Bath, England), 73 - 50 (10t)

22. Herschel Jantjies (DHL Stormers), 8 - 20 (4t)

23. Frans Steyn (Montpellier, France), 64 - 141 (11t, 7c, 21p, 3d)

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