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Published: 12:28 | 16/6/16

Two changes for Springboks


Allister Coetzee has made two changes to the South Africa team for Saturday's second Test against Ireland.

Pat Lambie has been ruled out of the game after suffering a concussion when he was caught by Ireland's CJ Stander during the first-half of the 20-26 defeat last weekend. His place in the starting XV goes to Elton Jantjes with Morne Steyn providing the cover on the bench.

The other change dees Pieter-Steph du Toit come into the second row in place of Lood de Jager.

Jantjes starts alongside Faf de Klerk in the half-back line as Lionel Mapoe and Damian De Allende once again team-up in the centre. Willie le Roux is named at full-back while JP Pietersen and Lwazi Mvovo take their place on the wings.

The front row of Tendai Mtawarira, Adriaan Strauss and Frans Malherbe is unchanged, with Eben Etzebeth retained in the second row where he will lock down with Du Toit. Francois Louw, Siya Kolis and Duane Vermeulen complete the pack.

There are also changes to the bench with Franco Mostert and Ruan Combrinck coming into the match-day squad.

"We spoke hard and were very frank in our assessment of last week’s performance,” said Coetzee.

"The Springboks are capable of executing the fundamentals of the game much better and that’s what we will set out do on Saturday. We know Ireland will come with a real desire to clinch the series, however, we must be ready to confront them and put ourselves into a position to succeed.

"I believe players who played in Cape Town deserve another opportunity and I am looking forward to see what they can do this week."

South Africa (XV v Ireland): W le Roux; JP Pietersen, L Mapoe, D De Allende, L Mvovo; E Jantjies, F de Klerk; T Mtawarira, A Strauss, F Malherbe, E Etzebeth, P-S du Toit, F Louw, S Kolisi, D Vermeulen.

Replacements: B Mbonambi, T Nyakane, J Redelinghuys, F Mostert, W Whiteley, R Paige, MSteyn, R Combrinck.

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