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Damian Willemse is the one South African to retain his place within the beginning XV as he strikes from full-back to fly-half
Venue: Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux Date: Sunday, 17 September Kick-off: 14:00 BST
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Holders South Africa have named 4 recognised scrum-halves of their squad to face Romania of their World Cup assembly in Pool B.

Cobus Reinach wears the quantity 9 shirt because the Springboks make 14 modifications to the facet which beat Scotland within the opening recreation of their title defence.

Grant Williams can also be often deployed at scrum-half however has been named on the wing.

Jaden Hendrikse and Faf de Klerk, who can cowl fly-half, are on the bench.

Damian Willemse, who switches from full-back to fly-half, is the one man to retain his spot within the beginning XV.

“Individuals have been stunned once we picked 4 scrum-halves within the squad however we knew they supplied us the talents and flexibility to supply backline choices to handle the challenges that match rugby offers you,” mentioned head coach Jacques Nienaber.

“We’ve been rotating and testing gamers in several positions since final season to place us within the lucky place to have a bunch of 33 gamers in France which might be intently matched by way of their high quality of play and abilities.”

Lock Jean Kleyn makes his fifth Springboks look, 4 years after representing Eire within the final World Cup, whereas hooker Bongi Mbonambi will take over the captaincy from Siya Kolisi.

It is going to be simply the second assembly between the 2 groups because the Boks received the 1995 World Cup on residence soil.

Romania opened the scoring of their opening recreation with Eire earlier than happening to lose 82-8.

South Africa crew to face Romania: Le Roux; Williams, Moodie, Esterhuizen, Mapimpi; Willemse, Reinach; Nche, Mbonambi (capt), Koch, Kleyn, Orie, Van Staden, Smith, Vermeulen.

Replacements: Fourie, Kitshoff, Nyakane, Snyman, Wiese, Hendrikse, De Klerk, Kriel.

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