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BJ Botha and Ruan Pienaar to tackle Oz with Springboks

Published 21/07/2010

Ulster pair BJ Botha and Ruan Pienaar will start for the Springboks against Australia in Brisbane on Saturday.

Following two Vodacom Tri-Nations defeats by New Zealand the Boks have made four changes to the side which began in last weekend’s 31-17 reversal in Wellington plus a further five on the replacements bench.

Scrum-half Pienaar (right) is promoted to the starting line-up in place of Ricky Januarie while Botha starts ahead of CJ van der Linde at tighthead prop.

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers said: “Statistics show that Suncorp (Stadium) has the fastest playing surface in the Vodacom Super 14 and we have to be prepared for a faster game.

“We have two tough games behind us, but if we stick to our structures and use our opportunities I believe this team is capable of getting a result.”

Springboks: Z Kirchner; G Aplon, J Fourie, W Oliver, B Habana; M Steyn, R Pienaar; G Steenkamp, J Smit (capt), BJ Botha; D Rossouw; V Matfield, S Burger, R Kankowski, P Spies. Replacements: C Ralepelle, CJ van der Linde, F van der Merwe, D Potgieter, Fois Hougaard, B James, J de Jongh.

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