Rugby World Cup: Springboks change things up ahead of Namibia match

Rugby World Cup: Springboks change things up ahead of Namibia match

- The Springboks prepare to face Namibia on Saturday in their next World Cup match

- Coach Rassie Erasmus has decided to ring the changes with many of the fringe players getting a chance

- The starting line-up was shared via social media and fans had a lot to say about the selections

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South Africa endured a bruising encounter against New Zealand as they lost their first match at the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The Springboks face Namibia for their next encounter on Saturday and coach Rassie Erasmus announced his starting line-up on Wednesday.

Erasmus has elected to make wholesale changes and will be introducing a number of the fringe players.

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The coach emphasised that the changes were always part of the plan and not a knee-jerk reaction to the loss on Saturday.

Schalk Brits replaces Siya Kolisi as captain and will surprisingly play at number 8, with Bongi Mbonambi starting at hooker.

Rugby Championships hero Herschel Jantjies replaces Faff Du Plessis at scrumhalf and Warrick Gelant makes a much needed return.

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SA Rugby Magazine shared the team announcement via Facebook and noted the strong reaction from the public. gathered that some seemed incensed by the dramatic change in line-up.

Kevin Hall commented, "SIYA REMAINS OUR CAPTAIN, JUST NEEDS A REST. Why risk injury against minor team?"
Pieter van den Berg asked, "Why Mapimpi playing every game he stays the weakest link in defence? Schalk at no 8. Maybe too many changes but certain guys must prove they deserve to start the next game. Your chance Nkosi to prove you deserve to be in starting line up."
Marlon John Nicholas said, "And now there's nothing wrong with Rassie's drinking buddy as a captain. Wanneer gaan dit eendag reg kom? First Saru gave Rassie all the privileges none other coach got. Saru restricted De Villiers and Alistair even Heneke Meyer, but hey money talks. The sponsors wants to keep it that way."

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