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White names six black players for Springboks

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JOHANNESBURG. – Springbok coach Jake White today named six black players in his starting line-up to face the Wallabies this coming Saturday in the return match of the Nelson Mandela Challenge at Ellis Park.

The Bok squad of 22 includes a landmark nine black players, the most such players picked by a senior national rugby coach.

“I said a while ago that we have a lot of talent in this country and all that is needed is for these players to be given an opportunity. I am proud of all the guys and people need to understand that we are building for the future,” White explained earlier today at a press conference in Sandton.

Eddie Andrews will pack in the front row next to skipper John Smit and Guthro Steenkamp after CJ van der Linde was withdrawn from the side on medical advice.

Van der Linde is suffering from severe headaches. “I am of the firm view that you don’t mess around with head injuries or related ailments,” said White.

The full Springbok team is as follows:

15. Percy Montgomery                                 65 caps

14. Breyton Paulse                                      51

13. Jaque Fourie                                         11

12. Jean de Villiers                                      12   (11 tries)

11. Bryan Habana                                        6     (9tries)

10. Andre Pretorius                                     12

9. Enrico Januarie                                        3

8. Joe van Niekerk                                       35

7. Juan Smith                                             13

6. Solly Tyibilika                                           3

5. Victor Matfield                                         37

4. Bakkies Botha                                        23

3. Eddie Andrews                                        12

2. John Smit (captain)                                  44

1. Gurthro Steenkamp                                   4

REPLACEMENTS

16. Hanyani Shimange                                   6

17. Lawrence Sephaka                                 18

18. Albert van den Berg                                  29

19. Schalk Burger                                         17

20. Fourie du Preez                                       17

21. Jaco van der Westhuyzen                         26

22. Wayne Julies                                            6

John Smit = 18th consecutive test as Springbok captain

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