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Boks to field weakened team against Wales



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South Africa are expected to take an under-strength team to Wales for their clash with Wales at the Milennium Stadium according to Players’ Association boss Piet Heymans.

Heymans says that he believes that the Springnboks schedule is so congested in 2010 that they will have to play a second string team for the clash on June the 5th which will be held to mark the 10th anniversary of the venue.

The test match took the number of test matches for 2010 to 14 and has been criticised for putting more strain on the players in the run-up to the rugby world cup which is less than 18 months away.

The match also takes place a week after the end of the Super14 finishes and South African Rugby Players’ Association (SARPA) chief executive officer Heymans believes coach Peter de Villiers will be left with little choice than to field a weakened side.

“We’re very conscious of having to manage the players well this year, just 12 months out from the World Cup,” Heymans told The Star.

“Players will be managed on an individual basis and, as this specific Wales Test comes just a week after the Super 14 final and a week before the Test against France, a number of regular Boks won’t be considered.

“Everything will depend on how much time individual players have spent on the field.”

Most of the Springboks play for the Bulls who currently lead the Super14.

South African Rugby Union (SARU) president Oregon Hoskins admitted the timing of the match was “untimely” earlier this week, but was adamant his organisation could not turn down the fixture after they were “begged” by the Wales Rugby Union to compete.

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