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Steenkamp, De Jongh in for Scotland Test

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The Springbok team to face Scotland on Saturday has two changes from the one that beat Ireland last weekend, with Gurthrö Steenkamp and Juan de Jongh being included in the starting line-up at Murrayfield.

Steenkamp replaces CJ van der Linde at loosehead prop after the latter took over as late replacement from Tendai Mtawarira last weekend. De Jongh replaces Jaco Taute at outside centre. Both Van der Linde and Taute have been included on the bench.

In total, the Springbok team has 416 Test caps in the starting 15 – 150 of them amongst the forwards and 266 in the backline.

"It's great to have Gurthrö back – we wanted to select him last week, but unfortunately he was not 100% fit," said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.

"Gurthrö is experienced, knows the conditions well and is looking forward to returning to the Green and Gold as he's not played for South Africa for more than a year.

"Juan is in a similar position. Even though he's played in a number of Tests for us this year, he's not started for the Boks since last year's away leg of the Castle Tri-Nations against New Zealand in Wellington.

"My plan has always been to give him a start on this tour, as he's been playing very well lately, and I'm excited to see what he brings to the team on Saturday."

Heinke van der Merwe, a late replacement on the bench for Van der Linde last weekend, has kept his place among the reserves.

Saturday's Test will be the 22nd between South Africa and Scotland since they first met in 1906. Of these, the Boks have won 16 and lost five, which includes the last time they played, in 2010. On that occasion, the Scots won, 21-17.

"Our focus has been on improving from our performance against Ireland last week," said Meyer. "We saw the match between Scotland and New Zealand and that the Scots scored three tries against the All Blacks – which is more than any other team has managed against them this year.

"It was their first Test back since their season started and they will not be an easy opponent on Saturday, but we've also brushed off some cobwebs in Dublin and have had a good week on the training field.

"We lost on our last visit to Edinburgh and realise Saturday will be a massive battle, but it's one we are looking forward to."

The Springbok team to face Scotland in Edinburgh is:

Position

Name

Province

Test Caps

15

Zane Kirchner

Vodacom Blue Bulls

22

14

JP Pietersen

The Sharks

46

13

Juan de Jongh

DHL Western Province

12

12

Jean de Villiers (captain)

DHL Western Province

82

11

Francois Hougaard

Vodacom Blue Bulls

25

10

Pat Lambie

The Sharks

18

9

Ruan Pienaar

Ulster, Northern Ireland

61

8

Duane Vermeulen

DHL Western Province

5

7

Willem Alberts

The Sharks

18

6

Francois Louw

Bath, England

15

5

Juandré Kruger

Vodacom Blue Bulls

6

4

Eben Etzebeth

DHL Western Province

9

3

Jannie du Plessis

The Sharks

40

2

Adriaan Strauss (vice-captain)

Toyota FS Cheetahs

19

1

Gurthrö Steenkamp

Toulouse, France

38

Replacements

16

Schalk Brits

Saracens, England

3

17

Heinke van der Merwe

Leinster, Ireland

2

18

CJ van der Linde

MTN Golden Lions

74

19

Flip van der Merwe

Vodacom Blue Bulls

21

20

Marcell Coetzee

The Sharks

10

21

Morné Steyn

Vodacom Blue Bulls

41

22

Jaco Taute

MTN Golden Lions

3

23

Lwazi Mvovo

The Sharks

7