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Duo recalled by Springboks

Fourie du Preez and Heinrich Brussow have been recalled to the South Africa starting line-up for the first time in 21 months for Saturday's Tri Nations clash with Australia in Durban.

Scrum-half Du Preez missed the 2010 international season because of a shoulder operation, while flanker Brussow was sidelined by a knee ligament injury.

The duo are among 13 changes Springboks coach Peter de Villiers has made to his team following the 40-7 defeat to New Zealand in Wellington on July 30, with captain John Smit and loose forward Danie Rossouw the only survivors.

The selection also marks the return for the first time in a year of another four players - JP Pietersen, Jaque Fourie, Butch James and Gurthro Steenkamp.

"We still have a number of leading players unavailable through injury but this is the strongest squad we have been able to choose from since 2009," De Villiers told

"It's great to have Fourie and Heinrich back as they were two of the leading players in world rugby when they last played in 2009, and they contributed a lot to Springbok success that season.

"This is the first step back for them, but we're looking to them to have the same impact in due course."

South Africa team: F Steyn; JP Petersen, J Fourie, J de Villiers, B Habana; B James, F du Preez; T Mtawarira, J Smit (capt), J du Plessis, B Botha, V Matfield, H Brussow, D Rossouw, P Spies.

Replacements: B du Plessis, G Steenkamp, G Mostert, J Deysel, F Hougaard, M Steyn, G Aplon.


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