Cape Town – Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron made six
changes to his starting team to face Argentina in the World Rugby Under-20
Championship at the AJ Bell Stadium in Manchester on Saturday.
The changes were made to suit the
anticipated wet conditions.
The changes include two positional switches in the
backline, with Manie Libbok and Curwin Bosch swapping positions between flyhalf
and fullback. The backline also shows one personnel change with Franco Naude
taking over at inside centre from JT Jackson.
Up front, props Franco van den Berg and Carlü Sadie replace
Kwenzo Blose and Jaco Holtzhausen respectively, and lock Eduard Zandberg comes
in for Cobus Wiese.
Theron named a new-look bench with prop Nicolaas Oosthuizen,
scrumhalf Marco Jansen van Vuren and wing Edwill van der Merwe earning their
first call-ups in the tournament.
Hooker Jan-Henning Campher and lock Ruben de Villiers
retained their places among the replacements, and will be joined by Wiese, who
will provide loose forward cover, Holtzhausen and Jackson.
“We are expecting wet weather for this clash, so we decided
to beef up our pack,” said Theron.
“We also brought in Curwin Bosch at flyhalf because he is
the best tactical kicker in the group at this point, and in wet conditions the
tactical kicking has to be good.
“Ideally we would like to play the style of rugby that we
played in the second half against Japan, but the wet weather could create a
challenge in that regard. However, if we produce solid set pieces, and balance
that with smart tactical kicking and use our skills, hopefully the results will
Theron expected Argentina to provide a tough challenge all
around and said his team had to be switched on for the full duration of the
match to counter the challenge.
“Argentina are a disruptive team by nature, as we have seen
over the last few years and also in their opening match against France,” said
the coach. “They are particularly tenacious on the ground and they like to get
in behind teams and off-load.
“They will certainly be motivated to beat us after their
victory against France, so we have to be ready for the challenge.”
The clash kicks off at 18:00 (19:00 SA time) on Saturday.
Junior Springbok team:
15 Manie Libbok, 14 S’busiso Nkosi, 13 Jeremy Ward (captain),
12 Franco Naude, 11 Mosolwa Mafuma, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 James Hall, 8 Junior
Pokomela, 7 Ernst van Rhyn, 6 Zain Davids, 5 Eli Snyman, 4 Eduard Zandberg, 3 Carlü
Sadie, 2 Tango Balekile, 1 Franco van den Berg
Substitutes: 16 Jan-Henning Campher, 17 Nicolaas Oosthuizen,
18 Jaco Holtzhausen, 19 Ruben de Villiers, 20 Cobus Wiese, 21 Marco Jansen van
Vuren, 22 JT Jackson, 23 Edwill van der Merwe