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Siya Kolisi is back as captain and fly-half Handre Pollard wins 50th cap as South Africa face Lions

Siya Kolisi is back from isolation as captain and fly-half Handre Pollard wins his 50th cap as South Africa title an skilled aspect for the primary Test towards the British and Irish Lions

  • Coach Jacques Nienaber has named 11 gamers who began the World Cup ultimate 
  • Of the opposite 4, two are on the bench and one retired from worldwide responsibility
  • There is a complete of 553 worldwide Test caps within the Springbok beginning line-up 
  • Lions coach Warren Gatland is but to call his aspect for the opener on Saturday 

Siya Kolisi will captain South Africa within the opening Lions Test this Saturday regardless of solely escaping Covid-19 isolation final week.

The World Cup successful skipper from 2019 shall be one in every of a number of starters who’ve lately had the virus, together with fly-half Handre Pollard, wing Makazole Mapimpi and prop Ox Nche.

Kolisi, Mapimpi and Nche solely arrived within the Springbok camp on Monday, having spent 10 days in isolation up in Johannesburg, however Boks boss Jacques Nienaber thinks they’re prepared for the Lions.

Siya Kolisi is set to captain South Africa regardless of solely simply getting back from Covid-19 isolation

The inspirational flanker will play in the first Test against the British and Irish Lions on Saturday

The inspirational flanker will play within the first Test towards the British and Irish Lions on Saturday

South Africa XV to face the British & Irish Lions 

15 – Willie le Roux (Toyota Verblitz)

14 – Cheslin Kolbe (Toulouse)

13 – Lukhanyo Am (Cell C Sharks)

12 – Damian de Allende (Munster)

11 – Makazole Mapimpi (Cell C Sharks)

10 – Handré Pollard (vice-captain – Montpellier)

9 – Faf de Klerk (Sale Sharks)

8 – Kwagga Smith (Yamaha Júbilo)

7 – Pieter-Steph du Toit (DHL Stormers)

6 – Siya Kolisi (captain – Cell C Sharks)

5 – Franco Mostert (Honda Heat)

4 – Eben Etzebeth (Toulon)

3 – Trevor Nyakane (Vodacom Bulls)

2 – Bongi Mbonambi (DHL Stormers)

1 – Ox Nché (Cell C Sharks)

Replacements:

16 – Malcolm Marx (Kubota Spears)

17 – Steven Kitshoff (DHL Stormers)

18 – Frans Malherbe (DHL Stormers)

19 – Lood de Jager (Sale Sharks)

20 – Rynhardt Elstadt (Toulouse)

21 – Herschel Jantjies (DHL Stormers)

22 – Elton Jantjies (Pau)

23 – Damian Willemse (DHL Stormers) 

‘Some of the gamers did not have COVID-19 signs in any respect, they’ve been managed in accordance their particular person wants, and they’ve actually impressed me with their depth and enthusiasm at coaching,’ he stated.

‘The well-being of our gamers is of paramount significance, so now we have been working intently with the medical crew to work out what can be the most effective plan of action for every participant over the three-Test Series.

‘Siya is essential. He’s is aware of what we’re making an attempt to do from a rugby perspective and he is our captain, so I’m very blissful to have him back.’

With 21 World Cup winners concerned within the 23-man squad, the Boks will discipline a formidable line-up regardless of their Covid outbreak. The solely two that weren’t in that squad are back-rower Rynhardt Elstadt and Nche.

The total World Cup ultimate backline that beat England is intact, with box-office superstars Faf de Klerk and Cheslin Kolbe concerned alongside centres Damian de Allende and Lukhanyo Am and Willie le Roux at full-back.

Up entrance Kolisi is joined by Kwagga Smith at No 8 and Peter Steph du Toit sporting the seven shirt, with Eben Etzebeth and Franco Mostert forming a formidable lock partnership.

On the bench the Boks picked 5 forwards and three backs – not the ‘Bomb Squad’ six forwards that they had on the Japan World Cup– with Malcolm Marx, Steven Kitshoff and Frans Malherbe a daunting trio within the front-row to return on within the second half.

‘The ahead battle is going to be as robust as it will get, so it is necessary that we pitch up bodily and be certain that we make our presence felt within the set items and on the contact factors,’ added Nienaber.

‘This, mixed with their hard-running backs, will check our defensive system, however now we have been wanting ahead to those matches for the reason that Rugby World Cup concluded.

‘We have performed our homework, so it is a case of doing every little thing at 100% and sticking to our constructions.’

The Lions title their crew on Thursday morning forward of the primary Cape Town Test. South Africa received their final Lions collection in 2009 2-1, beating the vacationers within the first two Tests and dropping the final.

That was the final collection the Lions had been defeated in, although, having crushed Australia 2-1 in 2013 and drawn 1-1 towards New Zealand 4 years in the past.  

New Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber has named an experienced side with 553 Test caps

New Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber has named an skilled aspect with 553 Test caps

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