South Africa vs Canada
11:15am Tuesday 8th October
Damian Willemse will start at full-back as South Africa made 13 adjustments due to their Rugby World Cup Pool B struggle against minnows on Canada where success will secure a place for the Springboks.
Willemse was an accident replacement for centre Jesse Kriel, but was selected from the number 15 jersey at a three which comprises Sbu Nkosi and Warrick Gelant over the wings.
Damian probably would have made the World Cup team if he was not injured, however is match-fit currently having played two games for (English team ) Saracens, coach Rassie Erasmus told reporters in Kobe on Sunday.
He is quite a bit more comfortable at 15 and understands our systems, while Warrick has performed wing before.
Frans Steyn and damian de Allende compose the midfield pairing, while Elton Jantjies requires over at fly-half and will want an improved performance in their second pool game after a sloppy revealing in the mauling of Namibia. Hell be partnered by Cobus Reinach at scrum-half.
Captain Siya Kolisi has been retained to acquire more game-time after an injury-ravaged year, while Kwagga Smith is on the other side of the scrum and Francois Louw at number eight.
You have to make sure that a man strikes kind and preserves shape when you reach the essential matches of the World Cup, Erasmus says of this decision to keep Kolisi in the line-up.
We are happy hes peaking, last weekend (against Italy) that he was excellent and another game like that moving into quarterfinals will do him the world of good.
RG Snyman and franco Mostert would be Vincent Koch, the two locks and Thomas du Toit pack down at the front row in prop, with Schalk Brits at hooker.
A four-day turnaround involving tests is a challenge but wed planned for it and will be well prepared, Erasmus said.
This game is at least as important as the three which we have played it has the same number of log points available and the identical impact on our odds of qualifying and we all must now finish the job.
There are quite a few new combinations in our team but we have been together for many weeks now and everybody understands our gameplan and approaches.
The wonderful thing is that in the end of the game every member of the squad will have begun a Rugby World Cup match.
South Africa: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Warrick Gelant, 13 Damian de Allende, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Sbu Nkosi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Cobus Reinach, 1 Thomas du Toit, 2 Schalk Brits, 3 Vincent Koch, 4 RG Snyman, 5 Franco Mostert, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), seven Kwagga Smith, 8 Francois Louw
Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Eben Etzebeth, 20 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 21 Herschel Jantjies, 22 Handre Pollard, 23 Willie le Roux.
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