x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 16 January 2018

De Villiers brings in fresh faces

The South Africa coach makes 10 changes to the side that will face the British & Irish Lions at Ellis Park on Saturday.

Peter de Villiers has made 10 changes to his South Africa side to face the British & Irish Lions in the third and final Test at Ellis Park on Saturday. With the Springboks having already taken an unassailable 2-0 series lead, the coach opted to give the rest of his squad a game leaving captain John Smit, vice-captain Victor Matfield, Fourie du Preez, Tendai Mtawarira and Juan Smith as the only survivors in the starting XV. The Bulls fullback Zane Kirchner will make his debut, while Odwa Ndungane, Jaque Fourie, Wynand Olivier, Jongi Nokwe and Morne Steyn all come in to a backline that includes just one player ? the scrum-half Du Preez ? that started in the previous Test that was won 28-25 by the world champions. There are four new faces among the forwards where Chiliboy Ralepelle, Johann Muller, Heinrich Brussow and Ryan Kankowski all come in.

On the bench, uncapped Sharks lock Steven Sykes has been named following the unsuccessful appeal earlier today by Bakkies Botha over a two-week suspension for dangerous charging. The Sharks captain Johann Muller has been included in the starting team in Botha's place, while Bismarck du Plessis, Pierre Spies, Ruan Pienaar and Frans Steyn all drop down to being among the substitutes, which also includes Gurthro Steenkamp and Deon Carstens. The coach has said that he will not change his outspoken ways after he seemingly condoned Schalk Burger's eye-gouging of the Lions winger Luke Fitzgerald in the Pretoria Test. "I think we must move on to the next Test. The South African media has already made me out to be a liar. "I won't change myself. What I will do is keep my feet on the ground, be humble and a good servant of the game.