South Africa name strong side to face England despite absence of De Klerk and Le Roux

Two pivotal players to the Springbok’s charge will be missing when they face a familiar foe in the form of England, Faf De Klerk and Willie Le Roux will not be present to face the Red roses for a fourth time in a space of 6 months.

Because of that, Ivan van Zyl will start just his second Test match after being named at scrum-half with Damien Willemse filling in at fullback as replacements for the two who won’t be playing because Saturday’s match at Twickenham falls outside World Rugby’s official November window for internationals therefore their clubs can’t release them for this tie.

Elsewhere, a new look combo at the back row takes form as captain Siya Kolisi is partnered by Duane Vermeulen at 7 and Warren Whiteley at 8, this pushes Pieter Stephen Du Toit to second row in a compilation of experience to match the pressure of playing at Twickenham.



1. Steven Kitshoff

2. Malcolm Marx

3. Frans Malherbe

4. Eben Etzebeth

5. Pieter-Steph Du Toit

6. Siya Kolisi (cpt)

7. Duane Vermeulen

8. Warren Whiteley

9. Ivan van Zyl

10. Handre Pollard

11. Aphiwe Dyantyi

12. Damian de Allende

13. Jesse Kriel

14. Sbu Nkosi

15. Damian Willemse


16. Bongi Mbonambi

17. Thomas du Toit

18. Wilco Louw

19. RG Snyman

20. Lood de Jager

21. Embrose Papier

22. Elton Jantjies

23. Andre Esterhuizen

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