- Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus has opted to replace Cheslin Kolbe with Sbu Nkosi for the semi-final match against Wales
- Kolbe has been in fantastic form, but suffered an ankle injury during the tournament
- Erasmus is excited to see the impact of Nkosi, who has also been in good try-scoring form
Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus has preferred consistency in selection during this year's Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Erasmus has now made one enforced change for the crunch contest against Wales over the weekend.
The in-form Cheslin Kolbe has been replaced by Sbu Nkosi for the semi-final battle.
Erasmus admitted that Kolbe's omission was a huge loss, but is also excited at the prospect of the talented Nkosi on the wing.
Many supporters were actually surprised not to see more of Nkosi during the tournament following his exploits for the Boks earlier this year.
The coach said, “It’s disappointing not to have Cheslin available as he has been brilliant for us since we first called him up last year.”
He added, "I am as excited to see what he can do as I would be if ‘Chessie’ were playing. Sbu has been very close to selection as it is.”
The SA Rugby website confirmed that 10 players who played in the quarter-final victory over Wales at the previous World Cup have been called upon for Sunday's contest.
Furthermore, Tendai Mtawarira, Frans Malherbe, Eben Etzebeth, Lood de Jager, Francois Louw, Duane Vermeulen, Handré Pollard, Damian de Allende and Willie le Roux were all in the mix when the Boks lost to the All Blacks in the semi-final four years ago.
The Springboks stuck to the game plan to emerge victorious against a plucky Japan team on Sunday, which explains the reason for just the one change.
Briefly.co.za gathered the Boks' match at the Okohama International Stadium will commence at 11am on Sunday.
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