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Louw on bench for Springboks

20 September 2011

Congratulations to Francois Louw, who was been named on the bench for South Africa as they prepare to face Namibia on Thursday.

The Springboks have made five changes to the starting line-up for the Pool D match against their Southern African neighbours at North Harbour Stadium, Auckland.

Wing Gio Aplon, scrum-half Francois Hougaard, utility forward Willem Alberts and tighthead prop CJ van der Linde were all given their first starts of the tournament while Bryan Habana was recalled from injury to resume in the No 11 jersey.

Four players were unavailable for selection due to injury, while Springbok coach Peter de Villiers opted to bring in fresh legs in the hope of sustaining the team's momentum. Locks Victor Matfield and Johann Muller, centre Jean de Villiers and fly-half Butch James were not considered for the match.

Scrum-half Fourie du Preez and flanker Heinrich Brüssow both drop to the bench while wings JP Pietersen and Odwa Ndungane and tighthead prop Jannie du Plessis were rested all together.

In one other change on the bench, Chiliboy Ralepelle was included in a match 22 for the first time when he was drafted in for Bismarck du Plessis, who is also rested.

South Africa v Namibia, 22 September, kick-off 9.00am (UK Time)

15      Pat Lambie    

14      Gio Aplon      

13      Jaque Fourie  

12      Frans Steyn  

11      Bryan Habana

10      Morné Steyn 

9        Francois Hougaard   

8        Pierre Spies   

7        Schalk Burger

6        Willem Alberts

5        Danie Rossouw        

4        Bakkies Botha

3        CJ van der Linde      

2        John Smit (captain)  

1        Gurthrö Steenkamp  

Replacements

16      Chiliboy Ralepelle     

17      Tendai Mtawarira     

18      Francois Louw

19      Heinrich Brüssow      

20      Fourie du Preez       

21      Ruan Pienaar 

22      Juan de Jongh          

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