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Centre Lukhanyo Am with the World Cup trophy. Photo: Twitter.

Springboks duo Am, Du Toit to face Wallabies

The Springboks will turn out a strong lineup to face the Wallabies with Lukhanyo Am and Pieter-Steph du Toit both likely starters

Springboks Lukhanyo Am rugby world cup

Centre Lukhanyo Am with the World Cup trophy. Photo: Twitter.

The Springboks will turn out a strong lineup to face the Wallabies first up this season with Lukhanyo Am and Pieter-Steph du Toit both likely starters.

According to Sunday newspaper Rapport, World Cup winners such as Lukhanyo Am, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Bongi Mbonambi, Willie le Roux and Duane Vermeulen could all feature in the first Test against the Wallabies.

Springboks to mix and match

There could also be opportunities for the likes of Andre Esterhuizen and Canan Moodie to make a big impression once again as they race for a place in the World Cup squad, but it appears that this will certainly not be a team devoid of big-name Boks.

The Springboks intend repeating the plan that saw them clinch the Rugby Championship title in 2019 by splitting the squad for the opening two Tests of the competition as they zoom in on the southern hemisphere showpiece.

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This will see a group of players and management members travel to Auckland the week of the opening Test against Australia at Loftus Versfeld (on Saturday 8 July) to acclimatise and get their preparations underway for the second Test, a week later against New Zealand at Mount Smart Stadium (Saturday 15 July).

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fter the Test against Australia and New Zealand, the third and final Test of the shortened version of the tournament will take place against Argentina at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg (Saturday 29 July).

“We have a pretty good idea about how we want to split the squad for the Rugby Championship, but a lot needs to happen before we make a call on selection,” said Nienaber.

“We’ll probably make a decision the week before the Australia Test. As we mentioned last week, we are not selecting A and B sides. We are doing something similar to what we did in 2019 by selecting a team that is good enough to beat Australia at Loftus Versfeld.”

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Props: Thomas du Toit (Sharks), Steven Kitshoff (Stormers), Vincent Koch (Stade Francais), Frans Malherbe (Stormers), Ox Nche (Sharks), Trevor Nyakane (Racing 92).

Hookers: Joseph Dweba (Stormers), Malcolm Marx (Kubota Spears), Bongi Mbonambi (Sharks).

Locks: Lood de Jager (Wild Knights), Eben Etzebeth (Sharks), Marvin Orie (Stormers), RG Snyman (Munster).

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Loose Forwards: Pieter-Steph du Toit (Toyota Verblitz), Siya Kolisi (Sharks), Evan Roos (Stormers), Kwagga Smith (Shizuoka Blue Revs), Marco van Staden (Bulls), Duane Vermeulen (Ulster), Jasper Wiese (Leicester).

Utility Forwards: Jean-Luc du Preez (Sale Sharks), Deon Fourie (Stormers), Franco Mostert (Honda Heat).

Scrumhalves: Faf de Klerk (Canon Eagles), Jaden Hendrikse (Sharks), Herschel Jantjies (Stormers), Cobus Reinach (Montpellier), Grant Williams (Sharks).

Flyhalves: Manie Libbok (Stormers), Handre Pollard (Leicester), Damian Willemse (Stormers).

Centres: Lukhanyo Am (Sharks), Damian de Allende (Wild Knights), Andre Esterhuizen (Harlequins), Jesse Kriel (Canon Eagles).

Outside Backs: Kurt-Lee Arendse (Bulls), Cheslin Kolbe (Toulon), Willie le Roux (Toyota Verblitz), Makazole Mapimpi (Sharks), Canan Moodie (Bulls).

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Rugby Championship:

1.Saturday, 8 July – Boks v Australia (Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria)

2. Saturday, 15 July – New Zealand v Springboks (venue TBA)

3. Saturday, 29 July – Boks v Argentina (Ellis Park, Johannesburg)

RUGBY WORLD CUP warm-up fixtures:

4.Saturday, 5 August – Argentina v Springboks (venue TBA)

5.Saturday, 19 August – Wales v Springboks (Principality Stadium, Cardiff)

6.Friday, 25 August – Boks v New Zealand (Twickenham, London)

RUGBY WORLD CUP pool fixtures:

Sunday, 10 September – Springboks v Scotland (Stade Velodrome, Marseille)

Sunday, 17 September – Boks v Romania (Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux)

Saturday, 23 September – Springboks v Ireland (Stade de France, Paris)

Sunday, 1 October – Springboks v Tonga (Stade Velodrome, Marseille)

Weekend of 14/15 October – Quarter-finals

Weekend of 21/22 October – Semi-finals

Saturday, 28 October – Final


Springboks in training camp in Durban Photo SA Rugby supplied
Springboks Kwagga Smith and Pieter-Steph du Toit with assistant coach Deon Davids. Photo: Supplied via SA Rugby.