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The South Africa Rugby World Cup squad for the Rugby World Cup final against New Zealand includes a 7-1 split on bench.
You may remember when the Springboks replace sevens forwards early in the second half of their hefty 35-7 victory over the All Blacks, in an August warm-up fixture at Twickenham. Well it’s back, with head coach Jacques Nienaber saying: “It could have been six-two, five-three. It is about the 23. You select a team that you think will get you the result.”
While the Boks have gone for this method, they have not selected a scrum-half on their bench.
We also see Handre Pollard start at fly-half, following his match-winning kick performance in the semi-final against England, while there is no room for Manie Libbok amongst the substitutes.
Check out the full South Africa side here.
Springboks team to face New Zealand in the final
Damian Willemse; Kurt-Lee Arendse, Jesse Kriel, Damian de Allende, Cheslin Kolbe; Handre Pollard, Faf de Klerk; Steven Kitshoff, Mbongeni Mbonambi, Frans Malherbe, Eben Etzebeth, Franco Mostert, Siya Kolisi (capt), Pieter-Steph du Toit, Duane Vermeulen.
Replacements: Deon Fourie, Ox Nche, Trevor Nyakane, Jean Kleyn, RG Snyman, Kwagga Smith, Jasper Wiese, Willie le Roux.
South Africa Rugby World Cup squad 2023
Pieter-Steph du Toit
Siya Kolisi (captain)
Marco van Staden
Faf de Klerk
Damian de Allende
Willie le Roux
Springboks Rugby World Cup Pool
South Africa have been drawn in Rugby World Cup Pool B alongside Ireland, Scotland, Tonga and Romania.
Sun 10 Sept South Africa v Scotland (Stade Vélodrome, Marseille)
Sun 17 Sept South Africa v Romania (Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux)
Sat 23 Sept South Africa v Ireland (Stade de France, Saint-Denis)
Sun 1 Oct South Africa v Tonga (Stade Vélodrome, Marseille)
The knockout stages will follow the same format as previous years, with teams from Pools A and B then Pools C and D meeting in the quarter-finals. So Wales and England could meet in the last eight, for example.
QF1 – Winner Pool C v Runner-up Pool D
QF2 – Winner Pool B v Runner-up Pool A
QF3 – Winner Pool D v Runner-up Pool C
QF4 – Winner Pool A v Runner-up Pool B
Then the semi-finals will be the Winner of QF1 v Winner QF2 and the Winner QF3 v Winner QF4.
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