South Africa's Erasmus names squad to face Argentina

Ruben Hill
August 10, 2019

The "Beast", who is set to make his 110 appearance in the Green and Gold jersey, will join Rugby World Cup victor Bryan Habana on 53 appearances in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship to equal the Springbok record for number of caps in the southern hemisphere competition.

Faf de Klerk starts again after recovering from a knock with the side otherwise unchanged.

- Argentina will be on the hunt for back-to-back wins against South Africa for the first time after picking up a 32-19 win in their last encounter.

His return pushes Julian Montoya to the bench against South Africa.

Duane Vermeulen will continue to captain the side for the second consecutive time in the tournament after guiding the team to a 16-16 draw against New Zealand in Wellington.

"The Pumas are a very hard team to play at home and they will be fired up for this one in front of their passionate crowd in Salta", warned Erasmus.

- Two of the previous three games between Argentina and South Africa at Ernesto Maltearena in Salta have been decided by a margin of just two points; however, South Africa ran out to a 41-23 win in their most recent encounter there.

Traditionally a two-round competition, it has been reduced to a single round this year because the Rugby World Cup kicks off on September 20 in Japan.

The priority in 2019 is obviously success at the World Cup, but an opportunity for Rugby Championship glory is not something that the Springboks often come across and it will impossible for that not to be a prominent theme heading into Saturday's clash.

That suggests a territory game and speed at the breakdown against a home side that have won three of the Boks' last five visits to Argentina, including a handsome 32-19 victory in Mendoza a year ago. Willie le Roux, 14. Cheslin Kolbe (Toulouse, France), 13. Damian de Allende (Stormers), 11. Faf de Klerk (Sale Sharks, England), 8. Pieter-Steph du Toit (Stormers), 6.

For the Springboks the experienced Tendai Mtawarira, Bongi Mbonambi and Trevor Nyakane will pack down in the Springbok front row.

Replacements: 16. Malcolm Marx, 17.

There were lots of question marks over the inside centre position and whether Frans Steyn would get the chance to start but it appears that Erasmus is sticking with what is tried and tested and will likely experiment a bit more in Pretoria next weekend.

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