Coach Lance Sendin has made six changes to the SA Schools starting lineup for Tuesday’s match against France in Cape Town.
In the backline, Paarl Boys’ and Western Province outside centre Manuel Rass gets a run in place of Wandisile Simelane, Paarl Gym and WP’s Muller du Plessis starts on the left wing ahead of Sihle Njezula and Richman Gora earns a start at scrumhalf, with Rewan Kruger dropping to the bench.
In changes to the forwards, hooker Daniel Jooste replaces Pieter Botha, Ben-Jason Dixon joins forces with captain Salmaan Moerat in the second row in place of PJ Steenkamp, and No 8 Khwezi Mafu takes over from Khanya Ncusane.
‘It was important to maintain some form of continuity in selection after building good momentum in the opening match against Wales, but at the same time we wanted to give some deserving players a chance to start,’ said Sendin. ‘France will test us as they showed against England last week, and they will be high on confidence after winning their opening game, so we have to be focused throughout the match. It is also vital that we use our point-scoring chances effectively.’
Meanwhile, SA Schools A coach Sean Erasmus has named a revamped match-day squad for their clash with England, with only four players – fullback Abner van Reenen, wing Austin Davids, captain and centre Louritz van der Schyff and flank Athi Magwala – retaining their places in the run-on team.
Of the 11 changes to the starting XV, two were injury-enforced after lock Jaco van Tonder and No 8 Jessie Johnson were ruled out of action for two weeks with suspected concussions. The duo sustained head injuries in the 23-20 loss to Wales on Friday.
SA Schools (vs France) – 15 Gianni Lombard, 14 Mike Mavovana, 13 Manuel Rass, 12 Rikus Pretorius, 11 Muller du Plessis, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Richman Gora, 8 Khwezi Mafu, 7 Muller Uys, 6 Charl Serdyn, 5 Ben-Jason Dixon, 4 Salmaan Moerat (c), 3 Sazi Sandi, 2 Daniel Jooste, 1 Nathan McBeth.
Subs: 16 JP Botha, 17 Reece Bezuidenhout, 18 Johan Neethling, 19 JP Steenkamp, 20 JC Pretorius, 21 Rewan Kruger, 22 Ruan de Swardt, 23 Wandisile Simelane, 24 Khanya Ncusane, 25 Emilio Adonis, 26 Sihle Njezula.
SA Schools (vs England) – 15 Abner van Reenen, 14 Austin Davids, 13 Janco van Heyningen, 12 Louritz van der Schyff (c), 11 Tadendaishe Mujawo, 10 Tyrone Green, 9 Zinedine Booysen, 8 Dian Schoonees, 7 Francke Horn, 6 Athi Magwala, 5 Juan van der Mescht, 4 Ryno Pieterse, 3 Keagan Glade, 2 Schalk Erasmus, 1 Cabous Eloff.
Subs: 16 Dylan Richardson, 17 Gugu Nelani, 18 Mornay Smith, 19 Christopher Havenga, 20 Mark Snyman, 21 Ruan Vermaak, 22 Sanele Nohamba, 23 Lubabalo Dobela, 24 Sicelo Tole, 25 Cameron Hufke, 26 Ayabonga Oliphant.
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