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De Villiers turns to Steyn

Frans Steyn returns to South Africa's starting line-up for this week's Tri-Nations encounter against Australia in Pretoria, a game that will also mark the 100th Test cap of veteran lock Victor Matfield.

Coach Peter de Villiers decided to draft in Racing Metro full-back Steyn ahead of Gio Aplon after resolving the recent misunderstanding with his French club, which saw the player miss last week's 29-22 defeat to New Zealand.

The Springboks have made two changes - the other seeing Jaque Fourie return at centre after a four-week ban.

The Stormers centre was cited against the Wallabies last month and now returns to take the place of club team-mate Juan de Jongh, who drops to the bench.

Also amongst the replacements is Ryan Kankowski ahead of Francois Louw, joined by Wynand Olivier and Aplon as the trio that drop out of the matchday 22 following the loss to the All Blacks.

Forward Matfield will follow captain John Smit by raising a century of appearances for his country.

The skipper achieved the feat in Johannesburg last week and his deputy will be reaching the milestone in front of his home crowd at Loftus Versfeld.

South Africa team: F Steyn (Racing Metro); JP Pietersen (Sharks), J Fourie (Stormers), J de Villiers (Stormers), B Habana (Stormers); M Steyn (Bulls), F Hougaard (Bulls); G Steenkamp (Bulls), J Smit (Sharks), J du Plessis (Sharks), F van der Merwe (Bulls), V Matfield (Bulls), S Burger (Stormers), J Smith (Cheetahs), P Spies (Bulls).

Replacements: C Ralepelle (Bulls), CJ van der Linde (Cheetahs), D Rossouw (Bulls), R Kankowski (Sharks), R Januarie (Stormers), B James (Bath), J de Jongh (Stormers).


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