- Both South Africa and England rugby coaches have named their teams to compete in the crunch first Test which takes place on Saturday in Johannesburg
- Rassie Erasmus named three debutants in his completely new-look Springbok side
- Eddie Jones has named a strong side which will be led by Owen Farrell
Springbok head coach Rassie Erasmus has announced a completely revamped and new-look Springbok team to face England in the first Test match against in Johannesburg on Saturday.
The team and its supporters will hope that the new coach, new captain and revamped line-up will bring a new dawn to a once proud team.
Siya Kolisi will make history on Saturday when he becomes the first black player to captain the Springboks. Kolisi will be hoping to make a winning start to his tenure, but is under no illusion as to the scope of the challenge England will present.
Briefly.co.za gathered that England coach Eddie Jones has also announced his team. Jones announced a strong side which will be led by Owen Farrell while Mako Vunipola will play in his 50th Test.
Jones included seven players who were involved in the English Premiership final. Jones said his team had a good week in preparation and the squad had gelled together well.
Meanwhile, Erasmus announced three debutants in the side to face England. They are S’busiso Nkosi, Aphiwe Dyantyi and RG Snyman.
Sport24.com reported that Erasmus said the match-day 23 was a good combination of experience and youth. Erasmus said England was a fantastically well-coached side who were well drilled by Jones.
The South African team:
15 Willie le Roux, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Trevor Nyakane/Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Wilco Louw/Thomas du Toit, 19 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Warrick Gelant
The England team:
15 Elliot Daly, 14 Jonny May, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Owen Farrell (captain), 11 Mike Brown, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Tom Curry, 6 Chris Robshaw, 5 Nick Isiekwe, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola
Substitutes: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Joe Marler, 18 Harry Williams, 19 Brad Shields, 20 Nathan Hughes, 21 Ben Spencer, 22 Piers Francis, 23 Denny Solomona
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