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South Africa have named a strong team for the third test of the summer series with Ireland, with coach Allister Coetzee opting to start two of last week's substitute try-scorers.

Ireland looked to be in firm control of the Ellis Park clash last Saturday - and on course for a series win - before second half tries from replacements Ruan Combrinck and Warren Whiteley, as well as scores from Pieter-Steph Du Toit and Damian De Allende saw the home side erase a 16-point deficit to win the game.

The second test was played at altitude, with Coetzee using his Lions contingent - who play their home games there - to good effect in the second half.

He has opted to go with Combrinck and Whiteley from the off this weekend, and will hope that they can have a similar impact against fresher Irish bodies.

Lwazi Mvovo and Duane Vermeulen are the duo to drop out, as Ireland bid to become the third team after New Zealand and the Lions to win a test series in South Africa.

South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Adriaan Strauss (c), 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Julian Redelinghuys, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Jaco Kriel, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Morne Steyn, 23 Lwazi Mvovo

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