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Heyneke Meyer, pictured, has selected Johan Goosen to face Australia

Heyneke Meyer, pictured, has selected Johan Goosen to face Australia

Heyneke Meyer, pictured, has selected Johan Goosen to face Australia

Coach Heyneke Meyer has ditched Morne Steyn in a dramatic break from South African rugby tradition.

Twenty-year-old Johan Goosen has taken Steyn's place in the side to play Australia in this weekend's Rugby Championship clash in Pretoria. His selection is one of three changes, with locks Andries Bekker and Eben Etzebeth also recalled, while there are concerns that an ankle injury may sideline Francois Steyn.

Goal and tactical kicking have been key elements in South African rugby throughout their history but Goosen has the potential, as does reserve Pat Lambie, to shift the emphasis in the Springbok game.

Meyer told keo.co.za that he expected Australia to try to run the Springboks off their feet.

"If you look at previous games on the Highveld, Australia have opened the game up from the start and I can't see them changing," he said.

"They'll look to keep the ball in hand and we're expecting them to start with Kurtley Beale at fly-half to help move us around in the hope we'll tire.

"I like that because it gives us a chance to isolate them and get turnovers, which is a great platform to score tries from."

Meyer did not include Steyn in his reserves, with Elton Jantjies selected as cover.

"This was very difficult, but I look at what the team needed first and then at the impact on the individual," added Meyer.

"At Loftus [Versfeld], where he has played well, it is a big call. But he [Steyn] accepted it graciously. I feel it is in his best interest that he doesn't play."

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