Sunday 17 December 2017

Stegmann to make Boks debut against Ireland

Deon Stegmann will make his Test debut for injury-hit South Africa when they begin their Grand Slam tour against Ireland in Dublin on Saturday.

The Springboks have been beset by injuries during the build-up, meaning there is also a chance that youngster Patrick Lambie could play if Jean de Villiers fails a late fitness test.

The 20-year-old Sharks back is on stand-by in case the Western Province centre fails to overcome his groin problem.

Coach Peter de Villiers has also named two uncapped players amongst the replacements, where Willem Alberts (calf) is bracketed with Keegan Daniel and Lambie with Lwazi Mvovo.

In total, the team shows eight changes to the one which last played against Australia during the Tri Nations, with Victor Matfield captaining the world champions in the absence of injured John Smit.

South Africa team to face Ireland at Aviva Stadium, Dublin, on Saturday, November 6:

G Aplon; B Basson, Z Kirchner, J de Villiers/P Lambie, B Habana; M Steyn, R Pienaar; T Mtawarira, B du Plessis, J du Plessis, B Botha, V Matfield, D Stegmann, J Smith, P Spies.

Replacements: C Ralepelle, CJ van der Linde, F van der Merwe, W Alberts/K Daniel, F Hougaard, A Jacobs, P Lambie/L Mvovo.

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