February 6, 2023
Jack Nyenber appointed head coach of South Africa in January 2020
place: Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein Date: Saturday 9th July Starting: 16:05 GMT
coverage: Live broadcast commentary on BBC Radio Wales Extra – available via BBC Sounds, 882 MW, BBC Sport Online, BBC Sport Online and Radio Cymru as well as live transcript and match report on the BBC Sport website

South Africa coach Jack Nyenber made 14 changes to the starting side to face Wales for a second Test on Saturday.

Only Lock Eben Etzebeth remains from the team that defeated Wales 32-29 in Pretoria.

After not participating last week, Half-Flyer Handry Pollard took the helm from Siya Kolisi.

The unbroken duo of Kurt-Lee Arendse and Evan Roos debuted at the Springboks.

Ntokoko Michono, Rowan Nortegi, Dion Fury and the other half Grant Williams could make their debuts off the bench.

2019 World Rugby Player of the Year Peter Steve Du Toit returns to the back row after injury.

Only four players in the first Test match 23 held their place with prostitute Malcolm Marks, supporter Vincent Koch and Damien Willemsey – who kicked the winning penalty in Pretoria – on the bench.

“We said from the start that we need to strike a balance between giving our talented players a chance to show what they can do on an international level and winning,” said Nynaber.

“If one looks at the balance between players who have played at this level and those who have consistently done well for their franchises and clubs, I think we have a good balance in this team.

“A number of these players have been with us for a few seasons, while others traveled with us last season to the Australian Rugby Championships and the year-end tour.

“Then there are a few new faces who have shown during the season that they have the potential to rise to this level of the game, so we are excited to see what they can do on Saturday.

Handry Bullard
Hendry Pollard has made 60 caps for South Africa since his debut in 2014

Wales showed last week that they are fighters and can last for the full 80 minutes and we don’t expect anything different from them this week.

“This will be a good test for the younger players in the group to measure themselves against some of the best players in Wales, some of whom have played for the British and Irish Lions, so everyone knows they will have a proper test on Saturday.

“We are happy to see these players get a chance at this level and I believe that if they play to their potential, they will enhance our depth in the future.

“They are all very excited about the prospect of wearing the green and gold outfit, but they also know what Wells will bring that day and that every opportunity will count.”

Nipper explained why Pollard handed over the leadership.

“Handry is one of our most experienced players and has been part of our core leadership group for a number of years now,” he said.

“I’m sure he’ll get into the role easily.”

South Africa vs Wales in Bloemfontein: Eric Gilant;;;;;;;;;;;;;; Handry Pollard (Captain), Jaden Hendricksey; Thomas de Tweet, Joseph Dwiba, Trevor Nyakan, Itzibeth’s son, Marvin Urey, Marcel Coetzee, Peter Steve de Tweet, Evan Ross.

Alternatives: Malcolm Marks, Ntotoko Michono, Vincent Koch, Rowan Norte, Reinhardt Elstadt, Dion Faury, Grant Williams, Damien Willems.

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