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South AfricaAlthough the Springbok side will officially be announced later today, Wednesday 12 June, it appears from the way the team is training that the likelyhood is that Heyneke Meyer will only change players in the positions where injury and absense due to other duties are forcing his hand.

In an Article earlier in the week, I pleaded for bold experimenting, to broaden the squad in preparation for The Rugby Championship later in the year.

My argument was simple, the Springboks will not get weaker opposition than this Saturday against a weakened Scotland side and it would have been the ideal opportunity to see exactly where they stand with players like Jan Serfontein and an all Cheetahs front row, in addition to shifting Eben Etzebeth to No 5 lock in an attempt to find a long term No 5 lock to replace both Andries Bekker and Juandré Kruger.

This is not how it will pan out, apparently, and we might just see two changes to the squad we saw last week, with Marcell Coetzee set to replace Francois Louw (who will be on wedding duty) and Ruan Pienaar taking over from the injured Jano Vermaak at scrumhalf.

It does not even seem as if Patrick Lambie is likely to replace Morné Steyn at pivot or that Jan Serfontein might get a start at inside centre.

Must say, I am disapointed!


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