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Louw to start against All Blacks

10 September 2014

Bath Rugby's resident Springbok, Francois Louw, will once again represent his country this weekend as they take on New Zealand.

Louw retains his place in the starting line-up, as captain Jean de Villiers makes his 100th Test appearance.

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer lauded De Villiers, not only for the role he had played since taking over as captain in 2012, but also during the rest of his career, on the field and away from it.

"When the big names in South African rugby are mentioned, Jean will forever be among them," said Meyer.

"He's showed a lot of character and resilience to get here and to me, those are things that set him apart. Jean is not only an extremely good rugby player, but he's also one of the greatest captains I've ever worked with.

"It's also good for continuity to have an almost unchanged side. We know where we made mistakes last weekend and the players now have an opportunity to rectify those against the toughest opponent in world rugby."

Springbok team to face New Zealand:

15 Willie le Roux
14 Cornal Hendricks
13 Jan Serfontein
12 Jean de Villiers (captain)
11 Bryan Habana
10 Handré Pollard
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 Damian de Allende

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