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Tendai 'The Beast' Mtawarira returns for Springboks to set up explosive battle with Tadhg Furlong

24 October 2015; Tendai Mtawarira, South Africa. 2015 Rugby World Cup, Semi-Final, New Zealand v South Africa. Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London, England. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
24 October 2015; Tendai Mtawarira, South Africa. 2015 Rugby World Cup, Semi-Final, New Zealand v South Africa. Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London, England. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
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Tendai 'The Beast' Mtawarira is one of three changes to the South African team named to take on Ireland this Saturday at the Aviva Stadium.

The Beast comes into the side at loosehead prop in place of Steven Kitshoff, who drops to the bench. The other changes to the team that lost by just one point to the All Blacks in South Africa's final Rugby Championship game see Damian de Allende and Coenie Oosthuizen come into the team in place of Jan Serfontein and Ruan Dreyer respectively.

While Ireland are starting a relatively inexperienced backline with Bundee Aki, Andrew Conway and Jacob Stockdale, so too is South Africa - their back three have just 23 caps between them.

The game kicks off at 17.30 at the Aviva Stadium this Saturday.

Here is the Springboks team in full:

15. Andries Coetzee, Emirates Lions – 9 caps, 0 points

14. Dillyn Leyds, DHL Stormers – 5 caps, 0 points

13. Jesse Kriel, Vodacom Bulls – 24 caps, 30 points (6 tries)

12. Damian de Allende, DHL Stormers 27 caps, 15 points (3 tries)

11. Courtnall Skosan, Emirates Lions – 9 caps, 10 points (2 tries)

10. Elton Jantjies, Emirates Lions/NTT Shining Arcs (Japan) – 20 caps, 198 points (2 tries, 37 conversions, 38 penalties)

9. Ross Cronje, Emirates Lions – 6 caps, 10 points (1 tries)

8. Francois Louw, Bath, England – 54 caps, 40 points (8 tries)

7. Pieter-Steph du Toit, DHL Stormers – 29 caps, 20 points (4 tries)

6. Siya Kolisi, DHL Stormers – 25 caps, 20 points (4 tries)

5. Lood de Jager, Vodacom Bulls – 32 caps, 20 points (4 tries)

4. Eben Etzebeth (captain), DHL Stormers – 63 caps, 15 points (3 tries)

3. Coenie Oosthuizen, Cell C Sharks – 29 caps, 20 points (4 tries)

2. Malcolm Marx, Emirates Lions – 10 caps, 15 points (3 tries)

1. Tendai Mtawarira, Cell C Sharks – 95 caps, 10 points (2 tries)

Replacements:

16. Bongi Mbonambi, DHL Stormers – 11 caps, 0 points

17. Steven Kitshoff, DHL Stormers – 19 caps, 0 points

18. Wilco Louw, DHL Stormers – 1 cap, 0 points

19. Franco Mostert, Emirates Lions/Ricoh Black Rams (Jap) – 15 caps, 0 points

20. Uzair Cassiem, Toyota Cheetahs – 6 caps, 5 points (1 try)

21. Rudy Paige, Vodacom Bulls – 11 caps, 5 points (1 try)

22. Handré Pollard, Vodacom Bulls – 22 caps, 190 points (2 tries, 30 conversions, 37 penalties, 3 drop goals)

23. Francois Venter, Toyota Free State Cheetahs – 3 caps, 0 points

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