Griquas flank Davon Raubenheimer has been elevated to the Springbok XV starting lineup for Friday night’s clash with Leicester.
Since Pierre Spies was forced to withdraw from the tour squad, Heinrich Brüssow has been added to the group of fifteen who will leave SA a few days later – a clear indication that he will now start the test against France. Spies’s tour replacement, Jean Deysel, will now wear the number 19 shirt against Leicester. Raubenheimer will play at blindside flank, with the versatile Dewald Potgieter moving over to the openside.
Ryan Kankowski looks to be the real beneficiary of Spies’s withdrawal as he will now start the first test in the number 8 jersey. Schalk Burger will retain the number 7 shirt he won when replacing the injured Juan Smith for the final Tri-Nations test. There is no real indication at this stage about who will cover loose forward of the bench for that game, so the four guys in the squad for Friday’s game have plenty to play for.
Revised Springbok team: 1 Gurthro Steenkamp, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle (Captain), 3 Jannie du Plessis, 4 Danie Rossouw, 5 Andries Bekker, 6 Dewald Potgieter, 7 Davon Raubenheimer, 8 Ashley Johnson, 9 Heini Adams, 10 Ruan Pienaar, 11 Jongi Nokwe, 12 Wynand Olivier, 13 Juan de Jongh, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 15 Earl Rose. Reserves: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Heinke van der Merwe, 18 Alistair Hargreaves, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Francois Hougaard, 21 Meyer Bosman, 22 Riaan Viljoen.Tweet