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Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus reveals World Cup hand

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Rassie Erasmus has revealed his World Cup hand by naming what appears to be his group for the Springboks’ closing World Cup warm-up from Japan.
The group shows one change in the starting XV that drew 16-16 using the All Blacks in Wellington a result that paved the way for the first Rugby Championship title in last decade of South Africa, in July.
Even the Springboks take on their older rivals in Yokohama in their tournament opener on September 21, and the unwanted Erasmus called for Friday’s warm-up looks likely to be the one to take the field in two weeks’ time since the Boks go in hunt of another World Cup title.
The change to this Wellington team sees skipper Siya Kolisi favored to Kwagga Smith at openside flank. A month kolisi was injured for South Africa’s Rugby Championship campaign but left his own return in their penultimate World Cup warm-up from Argentina in Pretoria.
Kolisi is joined at the back row by Duane Vermeulen. Du Toit’s first launch in the Green and Gold came against Japan from the 2015 World Cup, when the Springboks suffered the biggest shock in the tournament’s history at a 34-32 loss in Brighton.
Erasmus reported the side represents how dire the Boks would be to prevent another embarrassing defeat while Erasmus may be giving his first-choice team a run-out before they take on the All Blacks.
“I hope this selection will send a powerful message that we have the utmost regard for Japan,” said Erasmus.
“Perhaps we made the mistake of complacency against them previously but we have been hammering the message that we should never do this again against Japan.
“They’re a wise group of athletes that are great, playing in the home, having won a name in the past month and desperate to prove something. This Test is as big a challenge as any we have had this year.
“They made a film about the last time they played us – it’s our job to make sure that there’s no sequel.”
South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 1 Steven Kitshoff, two Malcolm Marx, 3 Frans Malherbe, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 5 Franco Mostert, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 8 Duane Vermeulen.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Tendai Mtawarira, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Francois Louw, 21 Herschel Jantjies 23 Jesse Kriel.

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