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The Springboks make two changes to face Australia in the rugby championship;  Lood de Jager injured |  Rugby Union News


Springboks head coach Jacques Nienaber makes two changes to his squad to face Australia in the rugby championship, live on Sky; Lock Lood of Jager gives up after concussion, with Marvin Orie; Freehead Prop Trevor Nyakane; Steven Kitshoff falls on the bench and Ox Nche drops out of the squad.

Last updated: 09/15/21 1:09 PM

South Africa’s second row Lood de Jager will miss Saturday’s rugby championship clash with Australia, live on Sky Sports

South Africa will be lock-less Lood de Jager for his second rugby championship test with Australia in Brisbane on Saturday – one of coach Jacques Nienaber’s two changes to the must-see game.

De Jager suffered a concussion in the 28-26 loss to the Gold Coast on Sunday and his absence will be felt badly in the second row.

He has been replaced by the less experienced Marvin Orie, who will add to his six caps and his fellow schoolboy partner Eben Etzebeth at the lock, in what is the first time they have played together in a test match.

“Loods’ experience will be missed, he played 50 Tests and Marvin only six,” Nienaber said on Wednesday.

The Springboks make two changes to face Australia in the rugby championship;  Lood de Jager injured |  Rugby Union News

Marvin Orie, who has only six Test caps, replaces De Jager in starting XV

“But that said, Marvin has been playing with Eben from school level and has experience in national rugby. We trust Marvin as a player and look forward to seeing what he can bring to the party. . “

Elsewhere, pillar Trevor Nyakane succeeds Steven Kitshoff head-to-head in the first row, the latter falling on the bench in place of Ox Nche.

“Trevor played with his head down for us in the Argentina test (earlier in the rugby championship) and injured his ankle, but he is now back in great shape,” added Nienaber.

The Springboks make two changes to face Australia in the rugby championship;  Lood de Jager injured |  Rugby Union News

Second change sees mainstay Trevor Nyakane start to lose his lead, with Steven Kitshoff falling to the bench

“We all know how well Trevor played for us in the British & Irish Lions series and it’s nice to see him again.

“Steven’s experience on the bench will be invaluable against the Wallabies, who place great importance on scrums, just as we do.”

The Springboks make two changes to face Australia in the rugby championship;  Lood de Jager injured |  Rugby Union News

Australia claimed a remarkable 28-26 victory over South Africa in their rugby championship clash

Australia claimed a remarkable 28-26 victory over South Africa in their rugby championship clash

The Boks are still without winger Cheslin Kolbe, who missed the loss to Australia with a leg injury.

South Africa will likely need to win their remaining three matches in the rugby league to retain the title they won in 2019, which includes the game against the Wallabies and then two tests against New Zealand.

“We have identified the areas where we need to be more effective this week, and we have worked hard in training to rectify the mistakes we made,” said Nienaber.

“The key for us will be to be as competitive as possible in every game during the game so that we can establish a good base to attack and use our chances to score points.”

South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk; 1 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 3 Frans Malherbe, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 5 Marvin Orie, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 7 Franco Mostert, 8 Duane Vermeulen.

Substitutes: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Marco van Staden, 20 Kwagga Smith, 21 Jasper Wiese, 22 Herschel Jantjies, 23 Damian Willemse.

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