De Villiers captains Springboks against Argentina

Jean de Villiers has been named to captain South Africa in their final Rugby
Championship match in Durban against Argentina at Kings Park on Saturday.

South Africa’s head coach Heyneke Meyer has also named Pieter-Steph du Toit
and Siya Kolisi in the match-23 for the first time since 2013.

De Villiers will continue his recovery from a knee injury he suffered last November
in Cardiff and will start his first Test of the season. He will lead the team
against the Pumas from outside centre, with Schalk Burger taking over the vice-captaincy.

As a result of De Villiers’ inclusion for the final Test in the Rugby Championship, Jesse Kriel will move to right wing.

“Jean’s comeback is truly remarkable and very inspirational and
I can’t wait to see what he can offer playing next to exciting youngsters
such as Handré Pollard, Damian and Jesse,” said Springbok coach
Heyneke Meyer.

“Jean now has 160 minutes of rugby behind him since his comeback a month
ago and I’m very satisfied that he will be able to make his mark as player
and captain.

“Jesse is a very versatile player – he has played at wing before
and spent almost the entire Vodacom Super Rugby season at fullback. His aerial
skills and work-rate, as well as tactical kicking will be valuable and hopefully
he will be given even more space to attack in.”

The forwards on the bench are again rotated due to injuries and players recovering
from injuries, which sees the welcome return of Kolisi and Du Toit, both of
whom made their last Test appearance as replacements in the 19-10 victory over
France in Paris on 23 November, 2013.

“Siya missed most of last season because of injury and lack of form but
his attitude has been great and he’s been working incredibly hard. He
is playing good rugby this year and his inclusion is in line with our decision
to keep on mixing things up as we get ready for the Rugby World Cup,”
said Meyer.

“Pieter-Steph has also been very unlucky with injuries but his rehabilitation
has gone exactly to plan and he got through 40 minutes of rugby for the Cell
C Sharks last weekend. It’s clear from training that he is raring to go
and I have to compliment everybody involved in his rehab.”

The other changes to the team are all injury-enforced. Marcell Coetzee is back
and will take over at flank from Francois Louw, while Vincent Koch will get
his first start for the Boks, in place of Jannie du Plessis. Marcel van der
Merwe (prop) has been pulled up to the bench for his first Test of 2015, where
Lwazi Mvovo (wing) is also back.

“It will be a massive Test on Saturday, which is why he have decided to
build momentum and give combinations more time to settle,” said Meyer.

“We will never accept that we lost our last two Tests. On both occasions
we were in positions to win and we let it slip, which is simply not good enough.
It will be tough as the Argentineans will be coming for us, as they have been
doing in the last three seasons, but it will be a great test for the Boks and
I can’t wait for the challenge on Saturday.

“There have been many encouraging signs in Brisbane and Johannesburg but
I’ve always preferred winning results. For most of these matches, we played
well, but now we need to get back to winning ways and to do that we have to
convert our opportunities into points.”

Meyer added that although Fourie du Preez and Willem Alberts started training
with the squad this week, it was decided to give them more time to fully recover
from their injuries. Warren Whiteley, Frans Malherbe and Steven Kitshoff were
also given more time to fully recover from their injuries.

“They are not 100% ready yet and with the World Cup now

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