Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber, centurion lock Eben Etzebeth and flyhalf Manie Libbok are among a top-class list of nominees for the 2023 World Rugby Awards.

The awards will be presented at the Opéra Garnier in Paris on Sunday, 29 October. This is a day after Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final at the Stade de France.

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Nienaber is in line for the World Rugby Coach of the Year award. Etzebeth and Libbok have been nominated in the categories of World Rugby Men’s 15s Player of the Year and World Rugby Men’s 15s Breakthrough Player of the Year respectively. Etzebeth was also selected for the World Rugby Men’s 15s Dream Team.

Nienaber will go up against Ian Foster (New Zealand), Andy Farrell (Ireland) and Simon Raiwalui (Fiji) for the coaching award.

Etzebeth, who is currently the third most capped Springbok player of all time with 118 Test caps, has been nominated for the Player of the Year award alongside Bundee Aki (Ireland centre), Antoine Dupont (France scrumhalf and captain) and Ardie Savea (New Zealand loose forward).

BOKS GET NOMINATION FOR WORLD RUGBY AWARDS

Libbok features on an exciting list of nominees for Breakthrough Player of the Year along with Louis Bielle-Biarrey (France wing), Mark Tele’a and Tamaiti Williams (New Zealand wing and prop respectively).

“We would like to congratulate Jacques, Eben and Manie for being nominated for these prestigious awards. We wish them luck for the awards ceremony,” said SA Rugby President, Mr Mark Alexander.

“These awards recognise the best coaches and players in the world. To have nominees in three categories is a testament to the class of our coaches and players in South Africa.

“I would also like to use this opportunity wish the Springboks good luck for the final against New Zealand. It is a massive honour to represent your country on the biggest stage in world rugby. Everyone at SA Rugby and the entire nation is behind you. We have full faith in you to continue giving the country hope and putting smiles on people’s faces.”

Springboks coach Jacques Nienaber named an experienced team for their Rugby World Cup quarter-final against France. The much-anticipated clash will take place at the Stade de France in Paris on Sunday evening.

The squad features 15 players who featured in the 2019 final, a further four players in the match-23 to face the in-form hosts were also part of the 2019 squad. Only four were not present in Japan among a team bristling with experience.

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“Most of these players have Rugby World Cup experience and several of them were involved in the 2019 final. So they know what it takes to perform in big moments,” said coach Nienaber.

“Twenty of these players were also in the matchday squad that played France in Marseille last season. Which was a good dress rehearsal for what we can expect from France and their supporters.”

SPRINGBOKS TEAM TO FACE FRANCE

15 – Damian Willemse (DHL Stormers) – 36 caps, 56 pts (4t, 9c, 4p, 2d)
14 – Kurt-Lee Arendse (Vodacom Bulls) – 12 caps, 60 pts (12t)
13 – Jesse Kriel (Canon Eagles) – 65 caps, 75 pts (15t)
12 – Damian de Allende (Wild Knights) – 75 caps, 50 pts (10t)
11 – Cheslin Kolbe (Suntory Sungoliath) – 28 caps, 86 pts (13t, 3c, 5p)
10 – Manie Libbok (DHL Stormers) – 12 caps, 80 pts (1t, 24c, 9p)
9 – Cobus Reinach (Montpellier) – 29 caps, 60 pts (12t)
8 – Duane Vermeulen (SA Rugby) – 73 caps, 15 pts (3t)
7 – Pieter-Steph du Toit (Toyota Verblitz) – 73 caps, 40 pts (8t)
6 – Siya Kolisi (captain, Racing 92) – 80 caps, 50 pts (10t)
5 – Franco Mostert (Honda Heat) – 70 caps, 15 pts (3t)
4 – Eben Etzebeth (Hollywoodbets Sharks) – 116 caps, 25 pts (5t)
3 – Frans Malherbe (DHL Stormers) – 66 caps, 5pts (1t)
2 – Bongi Mbonambi (Hollywoodbets Sharks) – 65 caps, 65pts (13t)
1 – Steven Kitshoff (Ulster) – 80 caps, 10 pts (2t)

Replacements:

16 – Deon Fourie (DHL Stormers) – 10 caps, 10 pts (2t)
17 – Ox Nche (Hollywoodbets Sharks) – 25 caps
18 – Vincent Koch (Hollywoodbets Sharks) – 47 caps, 0pts
19 – RG Snyman (Munster) – 31 caps, 5pts (1t)
20 – Kwagga Smith (Shizuoka Blue Revs) – 37 caps, 35 pts (7t)
21 – Faf de Klerk (Canon Eagles) – 52 caps, 48 pts (5t, 4c, 5p)
22 – Handre Pollard (Leicester Tigers) – 67 caps, 673 pts (7t, 94c, 145p, 5d)
23 – Willie le Roux (Vodacom Bulls) – 90 caps, 75 pts (15t)

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber has named a squad of 26 players for their opening Rugby World Cup warm-up game in Argentina. The match will take place on Saturday, 5 August.

Several players who did not feature against the Pumas on Saturday will board the airplane early on Sunday morning.

The players in the travelling contingent who were involved in the team’s 22-21 victory against the Pumas in Johannesburg earlier on Saturday are Steven Kitshoff, Vincent Koch, Trevor Nyakane (all props). Bongi Mbonambi (hooker), Marvin Orie (lock), Manie Libbok (flyhalf), Kurt-Lee Arendse (wing), Jesse Kriel, Lukhanyo Am (both centres) and Damian Willemse (utility back).

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“Next week’s match is the last opportunity for the players to make a strong statement for selection before we name our Rugby World Cup squad. We are excited to see what those players will deliver in what is going to be a testing encounter in Buenos Aires,” said Nienaber.

“It’s extremely tough to play there. Argentina enjoys massive support from their vocal home crowd. So it’s not only going to be a physical test for the players, but a mental one as well.

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber names 26-man squad for warm-up match
Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber

SPRINGBOK SQUAD TO TRAVEL TO ARGENTINA

Props: Thomas du Toit, Steven Kitshoff, Vincent Koch, Gerhard Steenekamp, Trevor Nyakane.
Hookers: Bongi Mbonambi, Joseph Dweba.
Locks: Lood de Jager, Jean Kleyn, Marvin Orie.
Loose forwards: Jean-Luc du Preez, Evan Roos, Jasper Wiese.
Utility forwards: Deon Fourie, Franco Mostert.
Scrumhalves: Jaden Hendrikse, Herschel Jantjies, Cobus Reinach.
Flyhalf: Manie Libbok.
Centres: Lukhanyo Am, Andre Esterhuizen, Jesse Kriel.
Outside Backs: Makazole Mapimpi, Canan Moodie, Kurt-Lee Arendse.
Utility back: Damian Willemse.

PLAYERS REMAINING IN SOUTH AFRICA

Forwards: Pieter-Steph du Toit (loose forward), Eben Etzebeth (lock), Siya Kolisi (flank), Frans Malherbe (prop), Malcolm Marx (hooker), Ox Nche (prop), Kwagga Smith (loose forward), RG Snyman (lock), Marco van Staden (flank), Duane Vermeulen (No 8).

Backs: Damian de Allende (centre), Faf de Klerk (scrumhalf), Cheslin Kolbe (wing), Willie le Roux (fullback), Handre Pollard (flyhalf), Grant Williams (scrumhalf).

Meanwhile, the Springboks secured a hard-fought 22-21 Castle Lager Rugby Championship victory over Argentina on Saturday.

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber on Saturday night named a group of 21 Springbok players to join their teammates in New Zealand. This is for next week’s second Castle Lager Rugby Championship outing against New Zealand in Auckland bringing the total number of players to 35.

The group includes Duane Vermeulen, who captained the Springboks in their emphatic 43-12 victory against Australia at Loftus Versfeld, Gauteng in their opening match of the southern hemisphere showpiece. As well as the front row of Steven Kitshoff, Frans Malherbe (both props), Bongi Mbonambi (hooker), and backs Manie Libbok (flyhalf), Lukhanyo Am (centre), Cobus Reinach and Grant Williams (both scrumhalves).

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A group of 13 players travelled to New Zealand on Tuesday, which included injured skipper Siya Kolisi and a few team management members. Vodacom Bulls prop Gerhard Steenekamp made the journey on Wednesday as an injury replacement for Ox Nche, taking the number of players in New Zealand to 14.

This group will depart for New Zealand late on Sunday afternoon and arrive in Auckland late on Monday night.

Jacques Nienaber names a 21-man Springbok group to travel to New Zealand
Springboks in action against Australia

Nienaber, SA Rugby Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus and Bok assistant coach Felix Jones also departed for New Zealand immediately after the Pretoria battle.

“It was always part of our planning that some of the players who ran out in the Test against Australia would travel to New Zealand. Given some impressive performances today, we decided to take a few more players than we originally planned for,” said Erasmus.

“We now have the luxury of having a bunch of fresh of players to work with in New Zealand from Monday. They’ll be joined by a group who have experienced the physicality of Australia and who can add energy and momentum at training from Tuesday.

“We’ll analyse the match on our journey to New Zealand and then announce our team to face the All Blacks on Tuesday.”

ADDITIONAL GROUP PLAYERS NAMED BY JACQUES NIENABER

FORWARDS: Thomas du Toit (prop), Pieter-Steph du Toit (loose forward), Deon Fourie (utility forward), Steven Kitshoff (prop), Jean Kleyn (lock), Vincent Koch (prop) Frans Malherbe (prop), Bongi Mbonambi (hooker), Trevor Nyakane (prop), RG Snyman (lock), Marco van Staden (flank), Duane Vermeulen (No 8).

BACKS: Lukhanyo Am (centre), Kurt-Lee Arendse (wing), Andre Esterhuizen (centre), Herschel Jantjies (scrumhalf), Willie le Roux (fullback), Manie Libbok (flyhalf),Cobus Reinach (scrumhalf), Damian Willemse (utility back) and also Grant Williams (scrumhalf).

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber and SA Rugby Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus gave the nation good news regarding Siya Kolisi recovery on Wednesday. The pair remain hopeful that the Springbok captain would return to the field before the Rugby World Cup.

However, they stressed that their focus currently was on the Castle Lager Rugby Championship.

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“Siya is on track with his rehabilitation, and he’s hitting all his targets,” said Nienaber.

Erasmus added: “Our target at this stage is to have Siya ready to play one or two warm-up games before the World Cup.”

Springbok give update on Siya Kolisi recovery
Springbok squad

However, Nienaber said it was important for the squad to focus on the first task at hand in a season which features a condensed Castle Lager Rugby Championship, three World Cup warm-up games and the tournament itself.

“The World Cup is obviously the big one for us this year, but our focus is on our first Test against Australia,” he said.

“We have a plan for the Castle Lager Rugby Championship and then we have World Cup warm-up matches against Argentina, Wales and New Zealand before we move into the World Cup.”

BOKS SKIPPER ON WAY BACK FROM RECOVERY

With Kolisi set to miss the southern hemisphere showpiece, Erasmus said just to name a few players, there were a number of potential interim captains in the squad for the other Tests. These include Steven Kitshoff (prop), Eben Etzebeth (lock), Duane Vermeulen, Pieter-Steph du Toit (both loose forwards), Damian de Allende and Lukhanyo Am (both centres).

Erasmus, however, revealed that there was a concern at flyhalf in the training squad following a delay in Handre Pollard’s recovery from a leg injury, while Damian Willemse took a knock to the knee.

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber named a Castle Lager Rugby Championship training squad of 40 players. It features a handful of overseas based players, for their next assignment, a three-week training camp in Tshwane from Sunday until Thursday, 29 June.

The additional players that will assemble in the capital are Cheslin Kolbe (wing), Andre Esterhuizen (centre), Handre Pollard (flyhalf), Jasper Wiese (No 8), Jean-Luc du Preez (utility forward), as well as Vincent Koch and Trevor Nyakane (both props).

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Furthermore, Jean Kleyn – who played five Tests for Ireland after qualifying on residency grounds in September 2019, which included participating in the 2019 Rugby World Cup – will join the squad as a 41st member pending the outcome of an application filed by SA Rugby regarding the former DHL Stormers lock’s eligibility in terms of Regulation 8 and based on birth right. The decision is expected to be received soon.

The squad – with the exception of Nyakane, Koch and Du Preez, all of whom will join the camp later at different stages due to personal and club commitments – will begin their on-field training sessions on Monday.

“It is great that we have been able to invite this group of players to the camp and we are excited to get back onto the field and to switch into international mode completely,” said Nienaber.

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber named a Castle Lager Rugby Championship training squad
Springbok players

The Boks will begin their 2023 season on Saturday, 8 July, with their opening Castle Lager Rugby Championship match against the Wallabies in Pretoria, which will be followed by a Test against New Zealand at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland (15 July), before returning to South Africa for their closing match of the abbreviated version of the tournament against Argentina in Johannesburg (29 July).

They will then play three Rugby World Cup warm-up matches: against Argentina in Buenos Aires (Saturday, 5 August), Wales in Cardiff (Saturday, 19 August) and New Zealand in London (Friday, 25 August) before departing for the Rugby World Cup in France.

SPRINGBOK CASTLE LAGER RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP TRAINING SQUAD: 

Props: Thomas du Toit (Cell C Sharks), Steven Kitshoff (DHL Stormers), Vincent Koch (Stade Francais), Frans Malherbe (DHL Stormers), Ox Nche (Cell C Sharks), Trevor Nyakane (Racing 92).

Hookers: Joseph Dweba (DHL Stormers), Malcolm Marx (Kubota Spears), Bongi Mbonambi (Cell C Sharks).

Locks: Lood de Jager (Wild Knights), Eben Etzebeth (Cell C Sharks), Marvin Orie (DHL Stormers), RG Snyman (Munster).

Loose Forwards: Pieter-Steph du Toit (Toyota Verblitz), Siya Kolisi (Cell C Sharks), Evan Roos (DHL Stormers), Kwagga Smith (Shizuoka Blue Revs), Marco van Staden (Vodacom Bulls), Duane Vermeulen (Ulster), Jasper Wiese (Leicester).

Utility Forwards: Jean-Luc du Preez (Sale Sharks), Deon Fourie (DHL Stormers), Franco Mostert (Honda Heat).

Scrumhalves: Faf de Klerk (Canon Eagles), Jaden Hendrikse (Cell C Sharks), Herschel Jantjies (DHL Stormers), Cobus Reinach (Montpellier), Grant Williams (Cell C Sharks).

Flyhalves: Manie Libbok (DHL Stormers), Handre Pollard (Leicester), Damian Willemse (DHL Stormers).

Centres: Lukhanyo Am (Cell C Sharks), Damian de Allende (Wild Knights), Andre Esterhuizen (Harlequins), Jesse Kriel (Canon Eagles).

Outside Backs: Kurt-Lee Arendse (Vodacom Bulls), Cheslin Kolbe (Toulon), Willie le Roux (Toyota Verblitz), Makazole Mapimpi (Cell C Sharks), Canan Moodie (Vodacom Bulls).

SA Rugby have announced that three current Springbok assistant coaches have signed contract extensions for another four years. The coaches are Mzwandile Stick, Deon Davids and Daan Human, as well as Head of Athletic Performance, Andy Edwards. This will see them remain with the team until the conclusion of the 2027 Rugby World Cup in Australia.

They will continue in their roles under the guidance of SA Rugby Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus. His services are tied in until the end of the 2025 season at least.

TWO SPRINGBOK COACHES LEAVING 

Two members of the coaching team – Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber and assistant coach Felix Jones – have advised that they are taking up offers with England and Leinster respectively after the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

“We are delighted to announce that Mzwandile, Deon, Daan and Andy have signed contract extensions that will see them remain with the Springboks until the 2027 Rugby World Cup,” said Rian Oberholzer, SA Rugby CEO.

Springbok coaches renew contracts for four years
Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber will leave his role after the World Cup

“They all come a long way as a coaching team under the guidance of Rassie, as Director of Rugby, and I am confident that the continuity in our coaching staff will bode well for the Springboks for 2023 and the following seasons.

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“It was our ambition to retain all the current coaching staff in recognition of the excellent work they have done over the past six years regardless of the outcomes of the Rugby World Cup later this year, and we are pleased that most of them have agreed to continue with the team.

“The planning to confirm a successor in the title role of Springbok coach remains ongoing in the background. Rassie’s services are tied down to the end of 2025 at the very least.

“With their services secured, it is business as usual. We would like to wish all the national coaches the best of luck as their preparations pick up for the forthcoming international season and the Rugby World Cup in France.”

The Springboks will face Australia in Pretoria on Saturday, 8 July. In their first Test of the season in the abbreviated Castle Lager Rugby Championship. It will be followed by matches against New Zealand at the Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland a week later. Argentina will follow in Johannesburg on Saturday, 29 July.

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber will step down as the national coach at the conclusion of the team’s Rugby World Cup campaign in France. He will then take up a position in Leinster’s coaching ranks in Ireland next year. SA Rugby confirmed in a statement.

Nienaber cited personal reasons for the decision. But he added that his focus remained on the major task of the year, which was to give everything in the Springboks’ defence of their Rugby World Cup title.

JACQUES NIENABER STEPS DOWN

“The last few years have been the highlight of my coaching career. It’s with a heavy heart that I’m finishing up my time with the Springboks and leaving the country for personal reasons,” announced Nienaber.

“The decision is made and that’s firmly behind me now. My sole focus is on seeing the Springboks defend the Rugby World Cup title this year. I will continue to channel all my energy into ensuring that we leave no stone unturned to achieve that.”

SA RUGBY RESPOND TO BOKS COACH ANNOUNCEMENT 

“Jacques was very open with us about the reasons for wanting to leave South Africa at the end of the season,” said SA Rugby CEO Rian Oberholzer. 

“We will confirm a successor in the title role of Springbok coach in due course. But Rassie Erasmus’ services are locked in to the end of 2025 at the very least.”

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber will step down as the national coach
Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber will step down as the national coach

Nienaber has served several roles within the South African rugby structures. This includes as a Springbok assistant coach at the 2011 and also 2019 Rugby World Cup’s. This was before stepping into the head coaching role in 2020.

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The Springboks kick off the international season against Australia in Pretoria on Saturday, 8 July, in the opening round of the shortened Castle Lager Rugby Championship. It will be followed by clashes against New Zealand at the Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland a week later. Argentina in Johannesburg on Saturday, 29 July, their final match on home soil for the year.

The Boks will then make the journey to Buenos Aires in August to take on the Pumas before facing Wales and the All Blacks in Rugby World Cup warm-up matches in Cardiff and London in the final build-up to the international showpiece in France.

They will launch their Rugby World Cup title defence on Sunday, 10 September, against Scotland in Marseille. It will be followed by pool matches against Romania in Bordeaux [17 September], Ireland in Paris [23 September] and Tonga in Marseille [1 October].

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber called up six players to his squad for Saturday’s final Castle Lager Outgoing Tour Test against England. This is as a few players left camp to join up with their French and UK clubs following the match against Italy in Genoa.

PLAYERS JOINING SPRINGBOK CAMP

South Africa ‘A’ team captain Thomas du Toit, Ntuthuko Mchunu (both props), Marco van Staden (flanker), Johan Goosen (flyhalf) and Grant Williams (scrumhalf) will all join the Boks. Vodacom Bulls wing Canan Moodie has recovered from the hamstring injury that ruled him out of the tour and will also join up with the team in London.

Vincent Koch, Trevor Nyakane, Jasper Wiese, Cobus Reinach, Cheslin Kolbe and Andre Esterhuizen returned to their clubs. Saturday’s clash against England falls out of the international Test window.

“The players who will join us from the SA ‘A’ team all put up their hands in the midweek games. We are delighted to have them in the mix this week, while Canan has shown what he can do at Test level. I am sure he will be delighted to be back in the squad,” said Nienaber.

“Some of the players were with us on tour until after the Ireland Test. It was always the plan to recall them at the conclusion of the SA ‘A’ matches.

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi
Springbok captain Siya Kolisi

“As we said from the outset we wanted as many players as possible to get game time on this tour as we look ahead to the Rugby World Cup next year. We believe the players and the team will benefit from this in the next few months.”

ENGLAND TWICKENHAM TEST

“We know it is going to be a tough challenge, and as coaches we have already started turning our attention to that match.

“There are a lot of positives we can take from the Tests against Italy, France and Ireland, but England will pose a completely different challenge and we need to be ready for that. We really want to build momentum and finish the tour on a positive note, so we will work as hard as we can this week to achieve that.”

The Boks made the journey from Genoa to London on Sunday and will begin their on-field preparations on Monday.

Jasper Wiese (No 8) returns to a Springbok starting lineup which features new lock and centre pairings. This is for Saturday’s third Castle Lager Outgoing Tour match against Italy in Genoa. Coach Jacques Nienaber made four changes for the springbok and two positional switches for the Test.

Wiese was a late withdrawal from the match against France in Marseille last week and will take over from Kwagga Smith.

Nienaber also handed starts to locks Salmaan Moerat and Marin Orie. Lood de Jager has returned home with a shoulder injury and Eben Etzebeth dropped to the bench.

Andre Esterhuizen comes in at inside centre in a new-look midfield pairing with Damian de Allende.

The other positional switch sees Franco Mostert move from lock to flanker in place of Pieter-Steph du Toit. Du Toit is awaiting a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday for a red card received against France for cleaning out a ruck dangerously.

No 8 Evan Roos, meanwhile, will feature on the replacements bench alongside forwards Etzebeth, Smith, and the front row of Steven Kitshoff, Vincent Koch (both props) and Malcolm Marx (hooker) in a split of six forwards and two backs on the bench.

Cobus Reinach (scrumhalf) and Manie Libbok (utility back), in turn, will provide backline cover, with Libbok able to cover flyhalf, centre, wing and fullback.

WHAT NIENABER SAYS

“A couple of players have been training very hard in the last few weeks. They deserve a chance to start. Lood’s injury and Pieter-Steph’s disciplinary hearing opened the door for us to give them an opportunity,” said Nienaber.

“Salmaan and Marvin are both DHL Stormers player. So they have been playing together for a while. They are very hungry for game time, so we are looking forward to what they bring in the game.

“It’s also good to have Jasper back against the physical Italian pack. We know that Kwagga will spark something different when he takes the field. Evan also gets a chance off the bench and his skills will work well with Kwagga’s in the loose trio. Manie earns another run after making his debut last week.

Nienaber expected a passionate performance from Italy, who pipped Australia 30-29 last week in front of a vocal home crowd.

“Italy’s victory against Australia will boost their confidence immensely going into this match. We are expecting them to draw a lot of energy from their home crowd.

SPRINGBOK TEAM TO FACE ITALY

15 – Willie le Roux (Toyota Verblitz) – 81 caps, 65 pts (13t)

14 – Cheslin Kolbe (Toulon) – 22 caps, 61 pts (10t, 1c, 3p)

13 – Damian de Allende (Wild Knights) – 68 caps, 45 pts (9t)

12 – Andre Esterhuizen (Harlequins) – 10 caps, 0pts

11 – Kurt-Lee Arendse (Vodacom Bulls) – 5 caps, 20 pts (4t)

10 – Damian Willemse (DHL Stormers) – 25 caps, 25 pts (1t, 4c, 4p)

9 – Faf de Klerk (Canon Eagles) – 44 caps, 30 pts (5t, 1c, 1p)

8 – Jasper Wiese (Leicester Tigers) – 19 caps, 5 pts (1t)

7 – Franco Mostert (Honda Heat) – 61 caps, 15 pts (3t)

6 – Siya Kolisi (captain, Cell C Sharks) – 73 caps, 45 pts (9t)

5 – Marvin Orie (DHL Stormers) – 8 caps, 0 pts

4 – Salmaan Moerat (DHL Stormers) – 2 caps, 0 pts

3 – Frans Malherbe (DHL Stormers) – 56 caps, 5 pts (1t)

2 – Bongi Mbonambi (Cell C Sharks) – 53 caps, 55 pts (11t)

1 – Ox Nche (Cell C Sharks) – 17 caps, 0 pts

Replacements:

16 – Malcolm Marx (Kubota Spears) – 57 caps, 65 pts (13t)

17 – Steven Kitshoff (DHL Stormers) – 69 caps, 5 pts (1t)

18 – Vincent Koch (Stade Francais) – 40 caps, 0 pts

19 – Eben Etzebeth (Cell C Sharks) – 108 caps, 15 pts (3t)

20 – Kwagga Smith (Shizuoka Blue Revs) – 29 caps, 15 pts (3t)

21 – Evan Roos (DHL Stormers) – 1 cap, 0 pts

22 – Cobus Reinach (Montpellier) – 22 caps, 40 pts (8t)

23 – Manie Libbok (DHL Stormers) – 1 cap, 0 pts