In Summary
  • A rib injury that will sideline Cassiem for about six weeks triggered personnel and positional back-row shuffling.
  • Francois Louw from English Premiership club Bath moves to number eight having operated in his traditional flanker role in the 27-27 stalemate against the Wallabies in Bloemfontein.

JOHANNESBURG

South Africa have changed three of the team that started a draw with Australia last weekend for the Rugby Championship final-round Test against New Zealand in Cape Town on Saturday.

All the alterations are in the pack with prop Steven Kitshoff, lock Lood de Jager and loose forward Pieter-Steph du Toit replacing Tendai Mtawarira, Franco Mostert and Uzair Cassiem.

The All Blacks trounced the Springboks 57-0 in Auckland during September and clinched the Rugby Championship with two matches to spare last weekend.

An unexplained "family reason" ruled out Zimbabwe-born loosehead Mtawarira, popularly known as "The Beast", who was set to win a record-extending 96th cap by a Springbok prop.

Kitshoff, back at the Cape Town-based Western Stormers after a spell with French outfit Bordeaux-Begles, gets his first Test start after 18 appearances off the bench.

Mostert has been less effective as the season progresses, which probably explains his demotion to the bench with De Jager elevated after not even being a replacement last weekend.

A rib injury that will sideline Cassiem for about six weeks triggered personnel and positional back-row shuffling.

Francois Louw from English Premiership club Bath moves to number eight having operated in his traditional flanker role in the 27-27 stalemate against the Wallabies in Bloemfontein.

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