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Rugby World Cup: Springboks wary of Wales' pack power

Jannie du Plessis insists South Africa's power-packed bench for the World Cup clash against Wales tomorrow is testament to their opponents' forward strength.

Although lock Bakkies Botha has lost his battle to be fit for the game due to an Achilles problem, Springboks coach Peter de Villiers' selection makes no secret of how South Africa might attack their opening Pool D opponents.

While Danie Rossouw replaces Botha, De Villiers' intentions are clear through a bench combination that features five forwards, including an entire reserve front-row.

The substitutes also feature flanker Willem Alberts, who played a starring role in successfully turning around a 20-9 deficit for South Africa at the Millennium Stadium last November.

"I guess if you play a Test match you go full out from the start, regardless of whether you've got two props on the bench or not," said Du Plessis, who packs down alongside Tendai Mtawarira and John Smit.

"I think it (the bench) is proof that we think the Welsh pack is good. They are a settled pack, so picking five forwards and two backs is really quite a compliment to their forward pack."

Lock Victor Matfield, who has won a Springboks record 107 caps, features in the starting line-up despite suffering from a hamstring niggle earlier this week.

And De Villiers has named the most experienced Springboks team in history, boasting a combined total of 815 caps.

There are 11 players in the starting XV who were part of South Africa's victorious 2007 World Cup squad.

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