Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has announced his first test team, to be led by Jean de Villiers from midfield, to take on England in the first of three tests on Saturday.
The team announced has no real surprises in the starting line-up, with the three new caps in Eben Etzebeth, Juandré Kruger and Marcell Coetzee start against the English.
The Sharks front row has been selected to start the match, with Adriaan Strauss and Coenie Oosthuizen on the bench as backup. Etzebeth and Kruger will form a brand new second row combination with Flip van der Merwe on the bench.
Coetzee joins fellow Shark Willem Alberts and Bulls captain Pierre Spies in the loose trio, with Keegan Daniel a somewhat surprising selection for loose forward cover, but a good call seeing as he can cover the flanks and eighthman.
The backline has fair amount of experience, with Bulls halfback combination of Hougaards and Steyn, feeding a centre combination of Frans Steyn and Jean de Villiers. Bryan Habana and JP Pietersen are on the wings, while Zane Kirchner is preferred at fullback. Ruan Pienaar, Pat Lambie and Wynand Olivier sit on the bench as backline cover.
Springboks: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jean de Villiers (captain), 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Beast Mtawarira
Substitues: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Coenie Oosthuizen, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Keegan Daniel, 20 Ruan Pienaar, 21 Pat Lambie, 22 Wynand OlivierTweet