Dawie Theron has made eleven changes to his team that lost to Ireland on Monday night, with the short turn-around time between matches blamed for the changes, and not the surprise loss.
The only survivors from the loss are Captain Wiaan Liebenberg, Jan Serfontein (centre), Steven Kitshoff (prop) and Paul Willemse (lock).
Four players will make their first appearance of the tournament, while the other changes are substitues of the first match getting their opportunity to start this match.
From a Sharks point of view, Khaya Majola and Braam Steyn will get their first starts of the competition, with Majola coming into the squad for the first time and Steyn being an unused sub against Ireland. Paul Jordaan falls out of the match 23 altogether while Allan Dell, Maks van Dyk and Pieter-Steph du Toit all fall to the bench.
Handrè Pollard will start the match ahead of Tony Jantjies, while the Blue Bulls centre combination of Jan Serfontein and William Small-Smith is reunited.
The Baby Boks face Italy on Friday, kick off at 18h45.
Team: 15. Marais Schmidt (Golden Lions), 14. Tshotsho Mbovane (Western Province), 13. William Small-Smith (Blue Bulls), 12. Jan Serfontein (Blue Bulls), 11. Travis Ismaiel (Blue Bulls), 10. Handrè Pollard (Western Province), 9. Vian van der Watt (Golden Lions), 8. Braam Steyn (Sharks), 7. Wiaan Liebenberg (Blue Bulls, captain), 6. Khaya Majola (Sharks), 5. Ruan Botha (Golden Lions), 4. Paul Willemse (Golden Lions), 3. Oliver Kebble (Western Province), 2. Jason Thomas (Blue Bulls), 1. Steven Kitshoff (Western Province)
Substitutes: 16. Mark Pretorius (Golden Lions), 17. Allan Dell (Sharks), 18. Pieter Steph du Toit (Sharks), 19. Fabian Booysen (Golden Lions), 20. Abrie Griesel (Blue Bulls), 21. Tony Jantjies (Blue Bulls), 22. Pat Howard (Western Province), 23. Maks van Dyk (Sharks)Tweet