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Springboks make two changes for Scotland

Juan de Jongh has a chance to impress in the number 13 jersey

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Article Published: Wednesday 14 November 2012

South African Rugby head coach Heyneke Meyer has made two changes to the Springboks' line up with Juan de Jongh starting in the test against Scotland at Murrayfield.

In other changes Gurthro Steenkamp has been moved into the starting line in place of CJ van der Linde at loosehead prop after he came in as a late replacement for Tendai Mtawarira last weekend.

De Jongh replaces Jaco Taute at outside centre and although Van der Linde and Taute have been replaced they have been kept in the team but on the bench.

In total, the Springbok team has 416 Test caps in the starting 15 - 150 of them amongst the forwards and 266 in the backline.

"It's great to have Gurthro back - we wanted to select him last week, but unfortunately he was not 100% fit," said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.

"Gurthro is experienced, knows the conditions well and is looking forward to returning to the Green and Gold as he's not played for South Africa for more than a year.

"Juan is in a similar position. Even though he's played in a number of Tests for us this year, he's not started for the Boks since last year's away leg of the Castle Tri-Nations against New Zealand in Wellington.

"My plan has always been to give him a start on this tour, as he's been playing very well lately, and I'm excited to see what he brings to the team on Saturday."

Heinke van der Merwe, a late replacement on the bench for Van der Linde last weekend, has kept his place among the reserves.

Saturday's Test will be the 22nd between South Africa and Scotland since they first met in 1906. Of these, the Boks have won 16 and lost five, which includes the last time they played, in 2010. On that occasion, the Scots won, 21-17.

"Our focus has been on improving from our performance against Ireland last week," said Meyer.

"We saw the match between Scotland and New Zealand and that the Scots scored three tries against the All Blacks - which is more than any other team has managed against them this year.

"It was their first Test back since their season started and they will not be an easy opponent on Saturday, but we've also brushed off some cobwebs in Dublin and have had a good week on the training field.

"We lost on our last visit to Edinburgh and realise Saturday will be a massive battle, but it's one we are looking forward to."

South Africa

15. Zane. Kirchner 14. JP Pietersen 13. Juan de Jongh 12. Jean de Villiers (c) 11. Francois Hougaard 10. Patrick Lambie 9. Ruan Pienaar, 8. Duane Vermeulen 7. Willem Alberts 6. Francois Louw 5. Juandre Kruger 4. Eben Etzebeth 3. Jannie du Plessis 2. Adriaan Strauss 1. Gurthro Steenkamp

Replacements: 16. Schalk Brits 17. Heinke van der Merwe 18. CJ van der Linde 19. Flip van der Merwe 20. Marcell Coetzee 21. Morne Steyn 22. Jaco Taute 23. Lwazi Mvovo

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