Ricky Januarie has been nominated to replace the injured Fourie Du Preez in the Starting XV on Saturday against Scotland.
According to reports, Du Preez has injured his quad during training on Thursday afternoon and a scan has confirmed the damage that may keep him out of next weeks match against England as well.
With the original back-up, Januarie, starting at No. 9 the back up will now be Ruan Pienaar. Januarie is replaced on the bench by Danie Rossouw.
Considering the change in performance between the halves when Januarie came on for Du Preez last week this development must be a concern. We need Fourie Du Preez and Ruan Pienaar to play together as much as possible if we hope to do well in next year’s Tri-nations and Lions test series.
Starting XV: 15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Adi Jacobs, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Ruan Pienaar, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Juan Smith, 6 Schalk Burger, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 John Smit (Capt.), 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Beast Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Brian Mujati, 17 Gurthro Steenkamp, 18 Andries Bekker, 19 Ryan Kankowski, 20 Danie Rossouw, 21 Frans Steyn, 22 Jaque Fourie.