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Experienced Springboks unchanged as they chase Ireland series win

South African players gather in a huddle during a water break during the first Rugby Union test match between South Africa and Ireland at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria on July 6, 2024. (Photo by Marco Longari / AFP) (Photo by MARCO LONGARI/AFP via Getty Images)

South Africa have named an unchanged matchday 23 for Saturday’s second Test against Ireland in Durban.


The world champions lead the two-match series 1-0 following last weekend’s 27-20 victory in Pretoria.

Rassie Erasmus’ starting XV – captained by flanker Siya Kolisi – is the most experienced in Springboks history with 990 caps combined, three more than the total won by the team which began last year’s 12-11 Rugby World Cup final win over New Zealand.

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Jaco Peyper on TMO in Boks win over Ireland

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Jaco Peyper on TMO in Boks win over Ireland

“It’s always tough facing Ireland,” said head coach Erasmus.

“They are a quality team, they are ranked second in the world and, as we saw last week, they never stop fighting, so we know the magnitude of the challenge that awaits us.

“We have no doubt they’ll come out even stronger this week but we also identified the areas of the game that we need to improve on and it’s vital for us to build on our performance in our quest to win both matches.

“This is going to be another physically gruelling match and, just like us, they will be determined to correct the wrongs of last week.”


A late penalty try proved decisive at Loftus Versfeld Stadium, adding to scores from Springboks pair Kurt-Lee Arendse and Cheslin Kolbe.


Fly-half Handre Pollard also kicked 10 points for the hosts, while Ireland responded through late tries from replacements Conor Murray and Ryan Baird following a first-half finish from debutant Jamie Osborne.

Speaking of his vastly experienced line-up, Erasmus added: “While it may be an impressive statistic, it will by no means guarantee us a victory.

“We know we must go out there and play good rugby for the full 80 minutes to get the desired result.

“It is going to be another spectacle of top-class rugby.”

South Africa team:
15. Willie Le Roux
14. Cheslin Kolbe
13. Jesse Kriel
12. Damian de Allende
11. Kurt-Lee Arendse
10. Handre Pollard
9. Faf de Klerk
1. Ox Nche
2. Bongi Mbonambi
3. Frans Malherbe
4. Eben Etzebeth
5. Franco Mostert
6. Siya Kolisi (captain)
7. Pieter-Steph du Toit
8. Kwagga Smith


16. Malcolm Marx
17. Gerhard Steenekamp
18. Vincent Koch
19. Salmaan Moerat
20. RG Snyman
21. Marco van Staden
22. Grant Williams
23. Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu

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Turlough 3 days ago

Why the Fvck was loud music blasted out on the PA in Loftus while a player was lying unconcsious and seriusly injured and medics were aattending him? Was that some kind of sick joke? Does it mean you owned us, having hurt one of our players, like whatever the weird playing of Zombie is supposed to mean?

Do you think any other host Nation would be that respectful if a SA player was seriously injured? What actual fvck is wrong with ye?

GrahamVF 4 days ago

My two favourite moments in the game were POM’s backside bouncing a foot off the turf when he tried to tackle DdA and the sight of the Irish pack going backwards faster than most of them can run forwards. Memorable moments.

Turlough 4 days ago

I would also love to see SA teams presence in the URC reviewed. Putting out weak teams, whatever excuse, just get them out. Their arrogance, conspiracy theories, cheap shot culture to injure players….it is not compatible with ours. Get them out.

Bull Shark 4 days ago

Good call on selection. Turn the screws.

Jacque 4 days ago

Boks should to put an end to this “Ireland are number 1 team in the world” nonsense this week.

Scoreline absolutely flattered Ireland on Saturday. Had Ireland on the ropes and didn’t put them away.

Turlough 4 days ago

Should have been a great match, but I would take a red card for Ireland if Synman gets what he deserves. The injury to Casey looks so bad that he would be well advised to retire from rugby altogether as has now an unacceptably high risk of developing a neurodegenerative disease even more so if he gets more injuries to that area.
As the referee and TMO didn’t do their jobs it is up to the Irish to sort the scvmbag out.
Snyman put his forehead into Casey’s face after Casey was unconcious. First chance, a broken limb.

I have absolutely no doubt that narcissist SA coach Rassie Erasmus instructed his team to hurt Casey if/when a plausably deniable opportunity arrived.

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