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Meyer names Springboks team

South Africa kept changes to a minimum when naming their team to play Scotland on Saturday.

Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer said he was so impressed with the way the backs attacked in the 44-10 victory over Italy that he had decided to give them another chance to show what they could do.

The only change behind the scrum is injury enforced, with Ulster scrum-half Ruan Pienaar coming in for Jano Vermaak, while Marcell Coetzee has been challenged to show that he can play openside flanker after Francois Louw left the squad to prepare for his wedding the day after the match.

"There is a lot of talent out there but we have to get the right mix between playing great attacking rugby and getting the defence right," Meyer said.

"I am happy with this team, I thought we played well in the first Test.

"It is great to have a guy like Coetzee coming in. He has been part of the plan but he had some unfortunate injuries last year.

"He is playing some of his best rugby and has to show that he can do that under pressure.

"There are a lot of youngsters coming in, which adds to the excitement. I am looking forward to this Test."

South Africa team: W Le Roux; B Habana, JJ Engelbrecht, J De Villiers (C), B Basson; M Steyn, R Pienaar; T Mtawarira, A Strauss, J Du Plessis, E Estebeth, J Kruger, M Coetzee, A Botha, P Spies.

Replacements: B Du Plessis, T Nyakane, C Oosthuizen, F van der Merwe, S Kolisi, P van Zyl, P Lambie, J Serfontein.


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