Who has made Jacques Nienaber’s latest match-day squad?

South Africa Rugby Championship Squad 2022

Frans Malherbe will win his 50th South Africa cap as the Springboks look to make it back-to-back wins against New Zealand in this year’s Rugby Championship.

The Boks beat the All Blacks 26-10 in Mbombela last weekend and face them again in Johannesburg this Saturday.

As well as prop Malherbe’s milestone, the other notable team news sees the return of Duane Vermeulen at No 8. He missed the Wales series in July after having knee surgery but will start in the back row instead of Jasper Wiese in this second match against New Zealand.

Jacques Nienaber has made four other changes to his starting XV. Jaden Hendrikse starts at No 9 as Faf de Klerk goes through the return-to-play protocols having suffered a head injury early in last weekend’s match.

Jesse Kriel comes onto the wing for Kurt-Lee Arendse, who has been banned for four weeks for a dangerous tackle on Beauden Barrett.

Up front, Ox Nche comes in at loosehead and Joseph Dweba is at hooker. Bongi Mbonambi had originally been named at No 2 but he has been withdrawn from the team as a precaution after “taking a knock to his knee at training”.

South Africa team to play New Zealand – Saturday 13 August

Damian Willemse; Jesse Kriel, Lukhanyo Am, Damian de Allende, Makazole Mapimpi; Handre Pollard, Jaden Hendrikse; Ox Nche, Joseph Dweba, Frans Malherbe, Eben Etzebeth, Lood de Jager, Siya Kolisi (captain), Pieter-Steph du Toit, Duane Vermeulen.

Replacements: Malcolm Marx, Steven Kitshoff, Vincent Koch, Franco Mostert, Jasper Wiese, Kwagga Smith, Hershel Jantjies, Willie le Roux.

South Africa team to play New Zealand – Saturday 6 August

Damian Willemse; Kurt-Lee Arendse, Lukhanyo Am, Damian de Allende, Makazole Mapimpi; Handre Pollard, Faf de Klerk; Trevor Nyakane, Malcolm Marx, Frans Malherbe, Eben Etzebeth, Lood de Jager, Siya Kolisi (captain), Pieter-Steph du Toit, Jasper Wiese.

Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi, Steven Kitshoff, Vincent Koch, Salmaan Moerat, Franco Mostert, Kwagga Smith, Jaden Hendrikse, Willie le Roux.

South Africa Rugby Championship Squad 2022

Jacques Nienaber has been able to recall two experienced Springboks to the South Africa squad for the upcoming Rugby Championship.

Rugby World Cup winners Duane Vermeulen (knee) and Frans Steyn (hamstring) missed the recent Test series against Wales due to injury, but the South Africa coach has named the pair in his 41-player squad for the two Tests against New Zealand at the start of August.

Winger Cheslin Kolbe will not be involved, however, having broken his jaw in the Wales series while Aphelele Fassi and Marcell Coetzee have also been omitted from the squad.

Nienaber said: “We will enter the competition with a series win against Wales, which will give us a little confidence, especially after the way we played in the deciding Test against Wales, but back-to-back matches against the All Blacks is a completely different challenge, and we know that they will come here wanting to make amends for losing their last two matches against Ireland.

“The way we perform in those Tests will set the tone for the rest of the competition.”

Forwards

Lood de Jager (Wild Knights)

Pieter-Steph du Toit (Toyota Verblitz)

Thomas du Toit (Sharks)

Joseph Dweba (Stormers)

Rynhardt Elstadt (Toulouse)

Eben Etzebeth (Sharks)

Deon Fourie (Stormers)

Steven Kitshoff (Stormers)

Vincent Koch (Wasps)

Siya Kolisi (Sharks)

Elrigh Louw (Bulls)

Frans Malherbe (Stormers)

Malcolm Marx (Kubota Spears)

Bongi Mbonambi (Sharks)

Ntuthuko Mchunu (Sharks)

Salmaan Moerat (Stormers)

Franco Mostert (Honda Heat)

Ox Nche (Sharks)

Ruan Nortje (Bulls)

Trevor Nyakane (Racing 92)

Marvin Orie (Stormers)

Evan Roos (Stormers)

Kwagga Smith (Shizuoka Blue Revs)

Duane Vermeulen (Ulster)

Jasper Wiese (Leicester Tigers)

Backs

Lukhanyo Am (Sharks)

Kurt-Lee Arendse (Bulls)

Damian de Allende (Wild Knights)

Faf de Klerk (Canon Eagles)

Andre Esterhuizen (Harlequins)

Warrick Gelant (Racing 92)

Jaden Hendrikse (Sharks)

Elton Jantjies (NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes)

Herschel Jantjies (Stormers)

Jesse Kriel (Canon Eagles)

Willie le Roux (Toyota Verblitz)

Makazole Mapimpi (Sharks)

Handre Pollard (Leicester Tigers)

Frans Steyn (Cheetahs)

Damian Willemse (Stormers)

Grant Williams (Sharks)

South Africa Rugby Championship Fixtures 2022

Sat 6 Aug South Africa 26-10 New Zealand

Sat 13 Aug South Africa v New Zealand (4.05pm, Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg) Live on Sky Sports

Sat 27 Aug Australia v South Africa (6.30am, Adelaide Oval) Live on Sky Sports

Sat 3 Sep Australia v South Africa (10.35am, Allianz Stadium, Sydney) Live on Sky Sports

Sat 17 Sep Argentina v South Africa (8.10pm, Estadio Vélez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires) Live on Sky Sports

Sat 24 Sep South Africa v Argentina (4.05pm, Kings Park, Durban) Live on Sky Sports

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