Rugby World Cup news as Wales rocked by huge injury blow while All Blacks, South Africa and England name teams for semi-finals

South Africa name team to face Wales

Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus has made one change to the side that beat Japan in the quarter-finals, with Cheslin Kolbe ruled out injured.

Kolbe suffered an ankle injury in South Africa’s 49-3 victory over Italy earlier in the tournament and was rested for their final group match against Canada.

He did play in the quarter-final against Japan but was replaced in the 71st minute and has reportedly been unable to train since.

S’Busiso Nkosi replaces him on the wing.

There are eight changes from the Springboks side that faced Wales in November 2018, with the seven remaining players in the starting XV being prop Frans Malherbe, back-rowers Siya Kolisi, Pieter-Steph du Toit and Duane Vermeulen, fly-half Handre Pollard, centre Damian de Allende and full-back Willie Le Roux.

South Africa: 15 Willie Le Roux, 14 S’Busiso Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 1 Tendai Mtawarira, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 3 Frans Malherbe, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 5 Lood de Jager, 6 Siya Kolisi (capt), 7 Pieter-Steph Du Toit, 8 Duane Vermeulen.

Replacements: Malcolm Marx, Steven Kitshoff, Vincent Koch, RG Snyman, Franco Mostert, Francois Louw, Herschel Jantjies, Frans Steyn.

South Africa’s Cheslin Kolbe (left) scores a try (Image: PA)


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Publish date : 2019-10-25 20:17:01

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